As the Grand National gets underway this weekend, many eyes will be momentarily distracted by events off the track as the best-dressed competition takes place on Ladies Day.

Ladies Day is the traditional day where all are encouraged to wear their finest and most glamorous clothes and cheer on a host of highly anticipated horse races.
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And with a £26,000 prize package to be won, the competition will be tougher than ever as competitors seek the illustrious title of becoming the most glamorous example of fashion at the races.

Races fashion

The spring season of racing has historically been an event in fashion where many get to wear their most elaborate hats and display some highly individual fashions.

And as the main events of the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National arrive swiftly after the world famous Fashion Weeks, they are a great way to check the season’s upcoming trends.

As the Grand National is held at the historic Aintree racecourse in Liverpool, there is always a good amount of local celebrities such as Colleen Rooney in attendance, along with the ever-present trail of paparazzi. grand national1

Although many will be working out the odds for the horse racing action, there will inevitably a lot of comment made about fashion successes and failures.

Last year we saw some particularly disturbing images in the press of various young ladies getting slightly too much into the spirit of the event by embracing the fake tan and low-cut dress look.

So this year, if you’re looking to stay chic at the races, check out these fashion ideas.

What to wear

Traditionally, the racing fashion has been specially catered for outdoors wear as the English spring weather can often be somewhat inclement.

This has seen the resurgence of many country living fashions such as a use of tweed and woollen fabrics in a range of coats and blazers.

However, if the sun does decide to shine, there is a good chance of seeing an attractive array of floral dresses in attendance, as many choose to celebrate the arrival of the warmer months with some bright colours and pop-art designs.

Hats are a big part of racing fashion.

There have been many celebrities who have fallen foul of being slightly optimistic in terms of the size of their headgear in recent years, which has led to a subtle trend amongst many to opt for a much more chic fascinator to accessorise the stylish racing look.