Looking for a gorgeous Grand National outfit? There is no official dress code, but do ‘Dress to Impress’ as Aintree is famous for its glamour and high fashion. Here the ladies are not afraid of the cold (who wants to cover up that perfect outfit?); are always optimistic that the sun will shine and bravely stamp out the pain of wearing high heels to ensure their look isn’t compromised.
Firm Fashion Favourites: The Cold Shoulder, Florals, Ghillie Lace Ups
Despite the ‘Cold shoulder’ name, this look is hot, hot, hot! Whether it is off the shoulder, cheeky cut outs (great if you still want to cover up your upper arms) or asymmetrical necklines, dare to bare your shoulders for this on trend look.
Florals always blossom in the spring fashion trends so combine both floral and off the shoulder with this cute V by Very printed Bardot Prom dress. In skater style, it effortlessly glides past the fashion finishing line in first place. Multi-coloured.
Keep the floral trend blooming and wear a hat adorned with flowers. Milliner Rachel Trevor Morgan softens the look of her stiff straw bell-shaped hat with delicate flowers scattered around the crown creating an English Country Garden look.
Price £1245, code R1683.
All of Rachel’s pieces are made bespoke to order and hand made in her St James studio in London.
Photograph by Catherine Harbour.
If anyone can wear high heels all day at the races it is the Aintree ladies. This season they have a little help with the fashionable block high heel. Step up the fashion pace and chose the updated version of the Ghillie lace-up. In soft suede, Dune’s Margo sandals feature tassel detailing on their laces and a block heel with metal inset. For a hint of pink go for the blush shade. Also available in classic navy.
For a simply sexy look, keep those bare shoulders bare. Enhance with a little shimmer to give a healthy and youthful glow. The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil provides just a hint of colour and complements both dark and fair skin.
Available in Honey Kiss and Golden Honey.
For accessories, instead of a necklace, choose a statement ring or bangle.
Melissa Kandiyoti’s Midnight Sky ring adds cool glamour with sparkling clear, blue and purple Swarovski crystals.
Available from Cadenzza for £99.
Drop earrings are usually a no-no when wearing a statement hat as they both vie for all the attention. However there are always exceptions.
With the Tiffany bell-shaped hat, the wide brim keeps the hat’s floral display away from the face leaving a blank canvas for the earrings underneath. Colour Pop earrings from Crystallized will add a twinkle under the neutral straw of the hat and also lead the eye down to those shimmering bare shoulders. Made with geometric Swarovski crystals of blue, green and purple.
Available from Cadenzza for £79.
The multicolour of the dress gives you a wide choice of colours to choose from for your handbag.
Staying with the suede to complement the sandals, Dune’s Eddison bag brings out the bright blue in the dress. With multiple compartments, this little bag is a winner for a day at the races. Although it can be worn over the shoulder, use as a clutch to keep those gorgeous shoulders exposed!
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