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The Dos and Don’ts of Ladies’ Day Fashion at the Grand National


The national newspaper coverage will invariably focus on the women’s fashion on Ladies Day at the Grand National. But, it is also an opportunity for the guys to make a statement too. Here are a few dos and don’ts that can help you stand out – and survive – the horse racing spectacular on April 7th.

Do go for the classic look:

Horse racing is steeped in tradition and this is borne out in the fashions off the track. Men should go for a vintage suit, preferably tweed. This can be accentuated with a pocket watch, cravat and trilby for the more daring among you. For women, clothes with thicker fabrics like woollens are preferable over flimsy light-weight cottons. Maxi dresses and mini-skirts should be cast aside in favour of blazers and knee-length skirts.

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Don’t let it all hang out and don’t overdo it

They call horse racing the sport of kings. Indeed, it is very possible that you will meet those with royal connections at the Racecourse. If you wish to avoid raised eyebrows from the great and the good, an understated approach might by the best course of action.  That is not to say you should wear muted colours, simply go for a little sophistication. While men should embrace the tweed look, don’t overdo it with garish check patterns.

Do dress for the weather

The weather at the Grand National can be unpredictable. A sunny morning can turn into a cold and wet afternoon with little warning. Wearing layers is a must, especially if you have access to some of the hospitality suites, which are well-heated. A woollen coat can enhance any outfit, as well as keep the elements out. Add a scarf and some leather gloves for maximum comfort in the cold weather.

Don’t be afraid to wear a hat

If nothing else, the Grand National is a wonderful excuse to dazzle the racegoers in your favourite headwear. Most women go for comfort and classic style, choosing to wear Cossacks and Fedoras. Of course, you can go all out and wear fascinators with feathers and, perhaps, a veil. As a general rule of thumb, Ladies’ Day and Gold Cup Day call for the most formal fashion, perhaps keep the peacock feathers for those days. For the guys, a classic Trilby is often the way to go,but make sure the colours complement your suit.

Do wear the correct footwear

The grounds in and around the Racecourse can get very muddy. This does not mean you need to pull out the wellie boots last seen at the Glastonbury Festival. Ladies can opt for leather boots, preferably with flat heels. Remember there is nothing glamorous than being stuck in the mud in three inch heels. Brown brogues are probably the best option for men.

Don’t forget to have a great time!

If you spend too much time looking at the crowds, you may be at the wrong Festival! The Grand National is one of the world’s greatest horse racing festivals and the action on the track can be breath-taking. If you are lucky enough to get tickets, or simply fancy a flutter, then check out William Hill’s Grand NationalLadies Day betting section – http://sports.williamhill.com/bet/en-gb/events/ladies-day. They won’t be able to tell you if you have made a fashion faux pas, but they have some of the best odds and betting markets for the 2017 Grand National.