When it comes to British fashion and beauty events, Ladies’ Day at Aintree is something special. Each year, the Liverpool racecourse, the venue for the famous Grand National, positively shines with glitz and glamour. Thousands of women from all over the country don their glad rags to attend the event and show off the latest styles.
High Fashion and High Heels
With this year’s Ladies’ Day an absolute sell-out, the fashion stakes, along with the heels, were higher than ever. In attendance and leading the way in the fashion race was footballer’s wife Colleen Rooney, who chose a skater-style dress in black with a nude lace top. Her six-inch Christian Louboutin heels may not have been practical footwear for a lawn-based venue, but certainly didn’t have her stumbling in the glamour contest. Mrs Rooney topped off her outfit with a classic, unfussy hairdo – a sleek bun reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn.
While Colleen chose an almost monochromatic colour scheme, bright colours and bold prints seemed to be the order of the day elsewhere. Hot pink, orange, red, yellow and cobalt blue rubbed shoulders with rich floral, scarf and placement prints. Many ladies chose designer styles but were evenly matched by the high-street fashion pieces worn by others. Retro and vintage styles were prominent, with print maxi dresses that would not have looked out of place in the 1970s and demure 1950s knee-length skirts worn over tulle petticoats. No matter whether the look was high fashion or high street, however, one of the key accessories was definitely those toweringly high heels!
Of course, no outfit for a special occasion is complete without a salon-fresh hairstyle and the ladies at Aintree did not disappoint. Retro styles were again en vogue, with Farrah Fawcett-style flicks and waves in varying shades of blonde, glossy pre-Raphaelite spirals or barrel curls in brunettes and reds and sleek bobs in shades of burgundy and blue black.
In keeping with Mrs Rooney, many ladies chose a perfectly groomed up-do, some adding a modern twist to their coils or bun with a jewelled headband or feather accessory. The messy up-do was also on show, with tousled and back-combed hair piled high and pinned with colourful hair clips and combs or wrapped with false plaits.
For those who chose to let their hair down, the choice seemed to be to curl or not to curl. While some ladies went for a glossy poker-straight look with medium-length or long hair, many chose to add soft spirals to the ends or a soft wave to give body to the style.
For the majority of long-hair wearers, however, soft loose curls were a must, topped with a hat or quirky fascinator. These Liverpool ladies certainly love their hot rollers and know how to get the most from their hairdressing supplies. Perhaps the prominence of high-maintenance hair explains the wide popularity of the over-sized clutch bag at this year’s event. There’s plenty of room for hairspray, brush and bobby pins in there, girls!
When the British weather turned to rain, the perfectly coiffed revellers found the must-have accessory was a transparent hooded rain cape which allowed them to stay dry while their hair and outfits remained on show. Some unlucky girls, however, had underestimated the true value of a waterproof spray tan when attending a British outdoor event and found the rain causing dark rivulets to trail down bare legs. Better luck next year, ladies!
This post was contributed on behalf of Salons Direct, a hairdressing and beauty suppliers based in the United Kingdom.