A STYLISH secretary has been crowned Yorkshire’s best dressed racegoer.
Lisa Longden (37), of Broom, was top of the frocks at a regional heat in June — and crowned overall winner last month, taking home jewellery worth £2,500.
Rotherham Hospital worker Lisa was crowned the best dressed lady at a Ripon race meeting in the summer after impressing judges with her orange two-piece and blue fascinator.
“My husband Robert and I go to the races a lot, we’ve been all over the world including races in Australia and America,” she said.
“We go to Ripon ladies’ day every year and I decided to enter the best dressed this year.”
Lisa impressed with her Debenhams headpiece and orange skirt and top from Forever Unique, which she finished off with a Vivienne Westwood brooch and shoes and a bag from Next (below).
“It’s not something I’d normally walk around Rotherham in!” she said.
“The judges thought it was quite classic and not too over the top.
“I’ve never worn that bright orange before in my life, normally I like monochrome and I’m quite safe — so that outfit was quite a bold statement for me, totally out of my comfort zone.”
Lisa’s prize for her £200 outfit included a gin brewing experience plus a hotel and spa stay in Harrogate.
Last month, Lisa catwalked her way to York alongside eight other Go Racing In Yorkshire winning ladies to compete for the title of overall winner.
She decided to stick with her original winning outfit silhouette but gave it a winter feel, with a dark navy faux fur wrap made out of a scarf and a plum dress, which she altered to be off-the-shoulder.
Lisa said: “The judges spoke to all the finalists about our outfits.
“When they announced me as the winner I was in shock, I wasn’t expecting it, one of the ladies had made her outfit herself, including her bag, everyone had gone to so much effort.”
Her prize included a “beautiful” £2,500 diamond ring and a £500 beauty voucher.
Asked whether she would be defending her title at May’s Wetherby race, Lisa replied “never say never”.