As a worshipper of fashion, Ladies’ Day at the Grand National is almost on par with the Oscars, the Brits and Paris Fashion Week.
EVERYONE goes all out to look their most glamorous, and I love analyzing fashion hits and faux pas!
It’s certainly a fab day out for hen parties, birthday celebrations, work dos, or just a great excuse to get together with your girlies, get all glammed up and head out for some champers and a wee bit of a flutter.
Here’s my lowdown on the fun and fabulous fashion at Grand National Ladies’ Day…
Hats seem to cause the biggest splash at Ladies Day. They garner the majority of the attention and turn the most heads – and for good reason. Most of the hats chosen are incredibly ostentatious; huge, heavy or brightly colored – or, my fave, a combination of all three! It’s like there’s a law against showing the teeniest scrap of scalp is police were on patrol. A lot of hats boast a plethora of accessories as well, such as feathers, paper figures or even jewels. Lush!
While hats may be the first thing that takes your eye, a single item an outfit cannot make, and the beautiful dresses on show at the races are not very far behind. From fish nets to full body prints, and from long gowns to specially tailored jockey suits, all manner of quirky and outrageous outfits are truly at home o Ladies Day!
Always tricky! Whatever the occasion, you’ve got to find something that you’re comfortable in, and, given the Grand National Ladies Day is always packed out, you’re likely to be on your feet for a while! But, comfort is secondary to style, and there are always some fab examples of footwear on display every year…
And that Little Flutter…
You can’t go to the races and NOT back a horse! That’s practically criminal! I always pick my ‘winner’ based on the quirkiness of their name and the colour of the jockey’s outfit. Although I don’t really gamble normally, there isn’t anything more exciting than giving it a go on Ladies Day – nothing wrong with a bit of friendly competition with my girlies! Having sweep with family or work colleagues is quite fun too!
It you’re lucky enough to be heading off to Ladies Day this year – DAMN you! I’m so jealous! If not, there’s still plenty of time to choose your winner and place your bet online at http://sports.williamhill.com/bet/en-gb/events/ladies-day.
Grand National Ladies Day is not an excuse but a bloody good opportunity for women to go all out, bold and brazen, unfazed with guns going in a blaze of glory and color. It is a day of celebration and excitement, which is best spent with a couple of other female friends to walk down the streets with feathers billowing in the air and heads held high.
At the end of the day, it is all in good fun for everyone, and especially for the ladies!