It is difficult to write a fashion blog for Aintree Grand National meeting (3rd–5th April 2014) As pretty much anything goes when it comes to dressing for this occasion.

My tips and advice would be as follows:

Aintree is great opportunity to be brave and bring out your true inner style. We have plenty of summer racing to look forward to, so no need to rush straight for the light summer dresses. As we start to cross over into spring we do not want to see bare shoulders or light chiffon materials.

Aintree is a great place for a splash of colour, a Cara Meehan Millinery headpiece in a vibrant silk is the perfect accessory for an eye-catching look (see image above).

A great alternative to a dress is a jumpsuit, teamed with a slightly larger hat than the smaller Cara Meehan Millinery Winter headpieces we have been wearing.

A rich purple is a nice colour that would suit the majority of us.

It is important that you feel confident in your chosen outfit. Create your own aintree style get dressed up and enjoy yourself!

A cardigan, cropped jacket or even a lighter coloured fur stole are all great cover ups to stop your outfit looking too summery for this time of year.

If we are lucky enough with the weather to go without jackets on the day I would still suggest a longer sleeved dress or sculptured shoulders.

Printed trousers are all over the high street and work well with a blouse or top, dress it up with a saucer hat to match.

Aintree is all about having fun with your outfit, colour clashing is look we will be seeing a lot of, think royal blue and orange, lime green with purple. I also predict we will be seeing a lot of black and white this year.

Pastel colours are the look of the SS14 catwalks, a fun floral Cara Meehan headpiece in pastel hues is available to buy in range of ice cream colours.

Midi full skirts were everywhere at London fashion week, and are great at keep your look classic yet on trend. A black and white hat with a pop of colour will update the look.

It is important that you feel confident in your chosen outfit. Create your own aintree style get dressed up and enjoy yourself!

Those wanting to make that extra special effort on ladies day there is a £5000 prize up for grabs for the best dressed lady.

Camilla Henderson who romped home with the best dressed prize at this year Cheltenham Festival in a Cara Meehan Millinery headpiece was dressed in a catwalk-inspired outfit. This would be a great look for Aintree, updating the velvets with silk and bright colours for a more springtime feel.

  • All outfits styled by Cara Meehan
  • Make up by Kayleigh Faith
  • Photography by Stephie Horrocks

All hats available from Cara Meehan Millinery. Please contact me regarding any hats or outfit advice.


Cara’s current collection is available to view on her website at

On the website you can view and order one of Cara’s diverse ready-to-wear collection or nearly all designs can be made in any colour to complement any outfit.

Simply send an email with the subject heading ‘What Hat’, a picture of your dress or whatever colour you’d like your hat made in and Cara will match the fabrics from there.

Alternatively, for something that little bit special, Cara will happily create a bespoke piece for you, should you have something particular in mind. Prices range from £40–£200. All pieces can be shipped internationally.

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