The Grand National’s Ladies Day at Aintree has become infamous for the parade of eye-catching outfits seen on the stands.
Thousands of women who attend the event, just one day before the main Grand National race, revel in the opportunity to wear their most brazen, bold and glamorous frocks in their wardrobe.
This year was no exception, and ladies from all over the country headed to the north-west in revealing dresses and gravity-defying headwear despite the cold weather, with highs of just 12C.
Indeed, those who chose to wear fascinators, hats and elaborate hairpins needed to secure them tightly to prevent their headgear being blown away in the heavy 18mph winds that swept through the racecourse.
Of the headpieces that remained securely fastened, most were brightly-coloured and elaborate, with the trend in handmade acrylic jewellery in the UK clearly being the brighter, the better.
According to a gallery of photos in the Evening Standard, attendees favoured fuchsia pink, cobalt blue, canary yellow, pillar-box red, bright peach and mustard.
When it came to patterns, floral pieces, monochrome and even tartan were on display at the event.
It was not just hats that stole the limelight though, as ladies made sure their other accessories, such as shoes, jewellery and bags, complemented their fascinators. In fact, many race-goers ensured all their accoutrements perfectly matched in colour, style and pattern, proving much thought and consideration had gone into their fashion choice.
Among the celebrities that attended Ladies Day this year were soapstars Jaqueline Jossa and Helen Flanagan – from EastEnders and Coronation Street respectively – and Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins.