As the weather warms up, fashion-forward ladies everywhere are looking forward to what promises to be yet another exciting racing season. The long line of prestigious events kicks off with the Cheltenham Festival on 10th March, which is to include its own annual fashion parade on Ladies Day. However, without a doubt, one of the most highly anticipated events on the racing circuit is the Grand National, which is to take part at Aintree Racecourse on 11th April.

Attracting the likes of all of Liverpool’s finest WAG royalty, fashion is the number one focus for the three-day Grand National Festival, and to that end, ladies must follow a strict dress code. Said dress code has in fact, for the first time, become official in 2015. After years of being an event to showcase some of the most outrageous outfits out there, (think the cast of Welsh reality TV show The Valleys in 2013) it seems that organisers at the racecourse are now looking to promote an altogether ‘classier’ look for ladies in attendance.

Grand National Festival

Grand National Festival

The new style guide will be based upon the famous adage coined by fashion icon Coco Chanel: “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” As a bastion of fashion design, there’s no better role model for forthcoming attendees to this year’s festival. A spokesperson for the racecourse said: “The overall consensus is that Ladies Day at the Grand National is a unique event bursting with personality and individual takes on style.

“The forthcoming Style Code will aim to take this passion for fashion and hone in on ideas and tips on how to interpret style for the best results.” So what pearls of wisdom can we expect from the aforementioned Style code? Organisers are stressing that this is less about dos and don’ts, but rather embracing your own individual style. If you need some inspiration however, here are a few of the top tips from the guide itself:

  • Floral will be the focus of dresses this year, unless you want to be bold and try a…
  • Skirt, which can channel the 60s through wide set pleats and A-line silhouettes.
  • Hats should have bold blocks of colour, and you are encouraged to..
  • Make it fun by wearing it with confidence, which can mean anything from a large overstated fascinator to a smaller beret or pillbox style.

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