What to Wear to Ladies' Day at Aintree

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Three magic words set the style stakes for a day at the races at Aintree: ‘have some fun’. And equally ‘don’t be shy’, because this is the moment to pull out all the fashion stops.

While there’s no set dress code, Liverpool is famous for its style, sport and culture, and the occasion is your personal catwalk. With prizes of £43,000 for the best-dressed race-goer, including a swanky Range Rover Evoque, the real  competition is in the stands, not on the track.

So how do you make sure you stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons? Here’s your head-to-toe guide to an attention-grabbing new look, whether you're a race-going lady or a  dapper gent

For The Ladies...



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Heads Up

Statement hats are a given at Aintree. After all, seeing the races is secondary to being seen at the races, so think bigger-than-big, even if your hat obstructs your view.

Top Tip: Structural stand-out designer hats in tones that compliment your outfit always look the part.

Outfit Sorted:  Find our selection of hats and fascinators here


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Dress To Impress

New labels Three Floor and Self Portrait are favourites at cult Liverpool boutique Cricket and will help you turn heads amongst the Liverpudlian style set. 

Top Tip: Take advantage of the lack of restrictions on skirt length (hello, this is the race-track, not school) and look for a dress that holds its hourglass shape so you can feel confident all day.

Outfit Sorted: Check out our collection of Ladies' Day dresses here

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Step Out In Style

Who cares about soft-going conditions on the track? Not you. You’re going to wear the highest heels possible. And because Liverpool is a slave to designers, it has to be Christian Louboutin for the signature red sole.

Top Tip: A hidden platform like the one on these Louboutin heels gives you extra height so you can see over the crowds.  

Outfit Sorted: Check out our to-die-for race-day heels 
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Add Some Sparkle

Bling is the order of the day at Aintree.

A clutch bag  is just the right size for all your race-day essentials including your lipstick, phone, credit card, keys and that all-important winning betting slip.

Top Tip: Don’t be put off by the fact clutches are traditionally evening bags because Ladies’ Day is as glitzy as daytime gets.

Accessories Sorted: Complete the look with our fabulous handbags 
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Get Your (Fake) Tan On

Remember that line about ‘no dress code’? That’s a lie.

Grey limbs are forbidden, so stock up on fake tan. If your self-tanning skills are lacking, opt for a wash-off product like St Tropez Wash-Off Instant Glow Body Lotion which means streaks can be discreetly wiped away.

Top Tip: An orange hue is also vital for disguising goose bumps – necessary because fashion dictates Aintree is a coat-free zone. 

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For The Gents...



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Suit Yourself

Unless you’re a jockey, sportswear is a no-no. And though you may be begrudgingly allowed entry wearing jeans, denim is not de rigueur for the races. So, you need a suit.

Less is more - avoid bold checks, velvet or the oil slick-shiny suits favoured by Ronaldo.

Focus on cut, because you could always have a tailor adjust your suit so it fits you perfectly. Dark colours are easiest to wear – a charcoal or navy suit is versatile enough for other formal occasions like weddings, and though you could wear your suit for work, you won’t scream ‘office’ in the daylight.

Top Tip: Your best bet is a single-breasted suit. While waistcoats are optional, style dictates that the lowest button should always be left undone.

Look Sharp:  Check out our stylish suits collection
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Put Your Best Foot Forward

‘No sportswear’ extends right down to your toes.

Dress shoes are too much – you’re not in a morning suit today. Strike the right note with classic brogues

Select a deep tan shade as it’s versatile enough to work with charcoal or navy. 

Top Tip: The more worn-in, the better, so don’t be afraid to buy second-hand, but invest in a quality pair by a well-known brand like Loake. They'll look the part for longer.

Get Booted: Formal shoes to finish off every look 
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Hats Off

Hats are optional of course, but frequently worn to finish off a killer look.

A classic trilby, with its narrow brim angled down at the front, is a racecourse go-to for any gent.

And it lends the wearer an Indiana Jones edge: winner. 
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The Finishing Touches

Here’s your chance to express your personality.

It’s traditional to match your tie to your pocket square, but it's up to you whether you opt for a bold block colour, print or stripe. Whatever you choose, the fabric should be silk.  

Top Tip: A bow tie is always a suave option if you'd prefer not to wear a traditional tie.

Complete the Look: Check out our range of snappy ties for killer combinations

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Looking For More Race Day Inspiration?

Whether you're off to Aintree, soaking up the atmosphere at Ascot or having a flutter at the Epsom Derby, we've got it covered. Visit eBay's Day at the Races store for all race-day fashion essentials.
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