The Grand National 2017 – What to wear to the races….
Here at Love Fascinators we have many customers that are off to the Grand National, and we thought it would be useful to put together an essential guide on our tips to make your day as enjoyable as possible, so whether you are on a hen party, ladies day out, or off with your family and friends for an exciting experience at the races, we have put together some top tips, just for you, to plan that perfect outfit.
Dress codes –
- There is no official dress code to the Grand National, but come on, you are going to the races, think smart and conservative, and remember no sportswear or fancy dress is permitted.
- Is some race meetings there are strict dress codes depending on the enclosure you are in, always check this prior, this can involve a certain size hat/fascinator or length of dress , so it so important to check beforehand.
The Outfit –
- Make a statement? Yes absolutely. The races is your ticket to go to town, bright colours, big prints, statement colours (check our Colour smashing or clashing blog for some tips).
- Think conservative, not showing too much flesh, the famous rule, legs or cleavage, never both.
- The British weather is unpredictable, so always plan for it being cold and wet, you may want to consider a longed sleeved dress, a shrug or pashmina, an umbrella, and a fully clear umbrella always looks well, not to distract from your outfit.
- Black and white look bold, glamorous, sophisticated, and screams the races. Why not add a pop of colour, a red or emerald green bag and fascinator.
- Remember to also consider a jumpsuit and skirt and top combi, which are very much in this year.
- White and lace is often frowned upon to wear as a wedding guest, but not at the races.
- Oversized clutch bags are so in, which is perfect for the races. You are going to be out all day and probably all evening, so make sure your bag is large enough to accommodate everything you are going to need.
- Shoes at the races are so important. Whilst killer heels may look great, they are not always practical, having sore feet can really impact on your experience. So when it comes to your shoes really think about the following –
You may have to walk on grass, avoid satin shoes, water marks are very difficult to remove, and sinking heels. Our tip would be to go with a wedge heel or kitten heel, less pressure on your feet, they will not sink in the grass, and are generally comfortable for longer periods, whilst still giving the elegance of a heel, walking like a pigeon after a couple of hours is never a good look.
If you really feel a heel is essential, consider taking a pair of flats for later in the day.
Hatinators and Fascinators –
- Hatinatiors and fascinators at the Grand National are not essential, however in our book a day at the races and a fascinator go hand in hand, and in our opinion should be the focal point of your outfit. You don’t have to worry about out doing the mother of the bride, it can be all about you.
A fascinator or hatinator can absolutely transform an outfit. We are more than happy to advise on colour choices and styles.
We hope you have found our tips useful, further information for planning your visit to the Grand National can be found here. Once you have picked the perfect outfit, sit back and relax, enjoy the racing, the buzz, excitement, champagne and of course a little flutter, and who knows, you could be awarded The Grand Nationals most stylish race goer, bagging yourself thousands and some amazing prizes. Enjoy. X