I spent the last weekend attending Ladies Day and The Grand National at Aintree. It was my first time visiting, but it has always been a Liverpool institution, with the girls spending months and months deciding on what to wear. I adore scouse fashion, lots of the girls have so much more confidence than me and wear such outrageous outfits. Looking over the coverage of Ladies Day by the newspapers, unfortunately some just focus on the terrible outfits and the bad tans. Daily Mail and The Telegraph - I'm looking at you. The photos that they choose to write about don't even represent half of the girls there and it annoys me so much! To be fair, there are some terribly dressed attendees, but you're bound to get that anywhere. These newspapers make out that this is what EVERYONE was wearing though and people comment about how tacky and common Liverpool girls are. NOT TRUE! Anyway, mini rant over!
This is what I wore. The Grand National requires 'smart dress', but I'm not quite sure when the traditional for going dressed as if you're going to a wedding began, but I love it! (although I'm sure my bank balance did not). Anyway, my dress is from a little shop in Valencia, because I really did not want to be wearing the same dress as anyone else there. I was looking at a lovely polka dot number in Coast but I'm glad I didn't splash out on that because I lost count of how many people I saw wearing it. I got my fascinator made to match the green colour of my dress. My handbag is one I've had for about 6 years now but never really used as it's too small. My shoes were a last minute purchase from Debenhams, which ended up hurting my feet far too much by the end of the weekend!
Every year, there is a 'style competition' and the winner is announced by Colleen Rooney (wife of footballer Wayne) on the Saturday. This year Sophie Fairclough won, with this gorgeous dress from online boutique Suzannah. We saw her on Ladies Day and all gushed over how nice she looked so she deserved to win. I love the colour and simplicity of it.
Colleen wore BLACK on ladies day and no hat! Shock horror. She looked nice though, although I did notice that less and less people are wearing facinators or hats now. Most just looked like they were dressed up for a night out. I jumped at the chance to wear a big fascinator though because it's one of the few times you can get away with it (other than a wedding).
I think we all enjoyed it so much we're up for going again next year. Better start planning next years outfit then!