Keep Seeing Fascinator



RDS showground, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

A further offering from Ladies Day at the Dublin Horse Show, including best dressed winner Deirdre Kane (pic 9).

Turned out nice.

The weather, you sexist oafs.


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Yesterday: Meanwhile, in The RDS

40 thoughts on “Keep Seeing Fascinator

    1. Ger Mc

      Get off your high horse Ina . They look to me like they are dressing for themselves and spending the day with a bunch of other women. they don’t seem to be doing it for any men ( I wish one of them did just for me) and they are not looking for the approval of the male gaze. looks like a fun day out. You should try it sometime. bloody killjoys on the internet

        1. Ger Mc

          don’t be so stupid Ina. these look like women who would stand up to any man . can ya say the same about yourself. be honest now.

          1. Ger Mc

            go signal your virtue somewhere else and then go and sort out your anger that you have against woman who do like to doll themselves up.So what . women also like wearing the veil. Their choice and all.

          2. Ger Mc

            You can be a sepford wife without doling yourself up . What you wear has got nothing to do with how you behave. I see wans on the internet shouting about being a feminist but they go and spill some awful old shite about their husband or boyfriend. Degrading stuff. My daughters love dolling themselves up but i have raised them to be the equal of any man and they behave like that.

          3. Starina

            Ina, I would check your “feminism” – the phrase “dolled-up barbies” is just slut-shaming by another name.

          4. Ina.

            It is, if you’re the type of feminist who regards dressing up as a barbie doll as a feminist act. Thankfully, that Dublin 4 type of feminism is confined to the pages of the Sindo.

          5. Ina.

            My first comment was about feminism. I said that Ladys’ Day at the Horse Show was where feminism went to die.

          1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            Eh, no. It goes against the wimminhood. I’m off to chain myself to a letterbox (phallic symbol) like Millie Tant.

          2. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            Dammit, Janet. Now you’ve said it. I can feel the roar building up internally.

      1. Starina

        +1 Ger

        Part of feminism is letting women do whatever the fupp they want and that includes dressing up in silly hats and havin’ a laugh with each other.

  1. scottser

    what in the name of jaysus is yer wan in the 6th pic wearing?
    and the 9th? she’ll have someone’s eye out with that yoke.

  2. Peter Dempsey

    I love seeing angry lefty feminists getting angry about Ladies Day, beauty contests etc. You never see women with blue hair at these events.

      1. millie st murderlark

        It reminds me of the way men in the Victorian era (and well after that too, actually) used to refer to women who chose to educate themselves (or heaven forbid, read books) as ‘bluestockings’ as an insult.

        1. realPolithicks

          Educating women, are you mad you “angry lefty feminist” you. Next you’ll be looking for the vote. Oh the humanity!

    1. Bertie Blenkinsop

      Keep feeling fascinators,
      Passion burning,
      Love so strong,
      Keep feeling fascinators,
      Looking, learning,
      Moving on.

        1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

          Were you watching that show about Grannies on RTE? The one where they play tricks on unsuspecting young wans? One of the aul grannies told that exact joke, Papi, and I’d say she laughed uncontrollably at her own joke for 20 seconds. It was brilliant. (Not the joke, obvs.)

  3. Kolmo

    Even during the depths of the largest economic collapse there were still distasteful, arguably vulgar, displays of credit-worthiness at horse related events in a parallel insulated society..brazening it out in “style”….seems a bit insensitive or odd..but, I’m not a judge at the lovely hat pageant…

    1. Daisy Chainsaw

      A lot of the outfits are from the last weddin the women were at and it’s a nice excuse to take the poshfrock and hat out for another go round.

      The ones that make it to the stage are models, or women who have a very good relationship with a boutique owner and/or millner who are there to showcase the boutique and/or millner’s wares. I know someone who does this because she loves going to the races and she looks stunning all done up. She’s more likely to win because of an accumulator, rather than a fascinator though. And even if she doesn’t, so what! She looks gorgeous and she has a great day.

      And before the jellus fiminismists accusations start, I love dressing up in poshfrocks and defend any woman’s right to wear whatever the fupp she wants, but I’ve no interest in the gee gees.

  4. Frilly Keane

    would ye calm down ffs

    I’d take every opportunity going ta’get all dolled up and have a day out

    and it has nothing ta’ do with the Battle of the Sexes or any gender one-up person-ship
    its a social event and everyone is welcome to wear, say, do, and indulge in what they like
    and if they qualify for a particular competitive event, or access, then go for it or don’t
    there’s no obligations

    live and let live
    whatever yer having yerselves

    what are ye like ffs

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