13 girls who stole the show on the first day of Aintree


Today marked the start of one of the biggest style events in the city’s calendar.

Yes, Aintree’s Grand National Festival kicked off with its opening day and despite the drop in temperatures ( and believe us it was freezing at the racecourse ) it didn’t stop anyone dressing up.

As we expected, the girls raised the style stakes once again and proved why Liverpool is known for its fashion.

Many even made a coat look stylish.

Stand out styles includes pastel shades and suits, while we also spotted girls coordinating their outfit with their friends.

Below is our round up of the 14 girls who stole the show during the opening day of Aintree’s Grand National Day .

1 – Charlotte Bourne stood out for her originality this year as she was wearing a hat which her mum made and a vintage shawl which were the highlights of her outfits.

2 – Christina Parry teamed a skirt from ASOS with a bodysuit from Zara. She helped prove you don’t always need to spend a fortune on accessories as they’re from New Look.

3 – Estra Haven looked gorgeous in this olive dress, and even managed to make her coat look like part of her outfit. She is another fan of online retailer ASOS which is were her dress is from.

4 – Cathy Pinnington , 53 from Maghull looked great in these pastel colours. Her dress is from Chi Chi London and her jacket is from Debenhams. She proved women of all ages can be stylish.

5 – Gayle Burgin stood out at Aintree in this bright blue outfit. Her whole outfit is from Coast which seems to be among the most popular retailers worn so far this year.

6 – Laura Loughrey proved black and white doesn’t need to be boring. We loved her outfit which was made by Liverpool designer Kirsty Doyle.

7 – Elizabeth Howorth looked glamorous in her dress from Coast and jacket from ASOS. And at 62-years-old her looked just as stylish as her daughter Laura.

8 – Ellie Hoare was spotted in the middle of taking a selfie with her friends, which was indicator of how much she enjoyed the first day of Aintree. Ellie’s dress is from ASOS and her bag is from Monsoon while her shoes are from online retailer Missguided.

9 – Sophie Mills wore one of our favourite looks. Her green suit is from H&M and her top is from ASOS. The shoes she wore were from River Island.

10, 11 – Danielle Burton, 34 (right) and Joanne Austin, 46 (left) looked great in their matching pink colours. They were enjoying the with their husbands and were looking forward to a drink.

12 – Belinda Mara looked gorgeous in this electric blue dress which were actually from her own boutique in Ireland.

13 – Jessica Gray travelled to Aintree with her boyfriend who was riding in the last race during the opening day. Her dress and coat are from Coast while her bag is from designer brand Chanel.

Last year’s Style Award winner Faith Amond raised the fashion stakes once again this year. The 65-year-old from Ireland was celebrating recently becoming a grandmother.

Her outfit was from Irish designer Peter O’Brien and her hat was from Doun Guibert Milne.

She said: “I come every year and I’ve got to say everyone is so friendly.

“For anyone thinking of entering the Style Award this year I would say to dress for your own style.”

Grand National 2018

Tiger Roll wins the National

Tiger Roll ridden by jockey Davy Russell (right) wins the Grand National

It's Ladies Day at the Aintree Grand National

It's been a busy day at Aintree for the Grand National

As De Mee (right) on the way to finishing fifth behind winner Ultragold (left) in the Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase at Aintree Racecourse on April 7 2017 Picture by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Left to right: Blaklion, Vieux Lion Rouge and Highland Lodge in the 2016 Becher Chase at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday, December 3 2016

Seeyouatmidnight (left), ridden by Brian Hughes, clears the last to win the BetBright Novices' Chase at Cheltenham racecourse on January 01 2016. He may be able to again at Haydock Park Picture by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Brian Hughes, riding Seeyouatmidnight, clears the last to win the BetBright Novices' Chase at Cheltenham racecourse on January 01 2016 Picture by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Tiger Roll wins the National

We’ll be LIVE at all three days of the Grand National 2018 – join us for every race and result and all the best pictures from the festival.

And you can join in by talking to one our reporters or photographers on the course, just look out for the big red ECHO microphone, or tweet us @LivEchoNews and tell us your stories.

If you’re heading to Ladies Day tomorrow keep an eye out for our promotional teams on your way in.

They will be holding ECHO social frames so take a moment to grab a quick snap in our social frames and share your picture on Instagram or Twitter using #ECHOatAintree for a chance to win an Amazon Echo.

Winning pictures will be picked at random before the first race commences at 1:45pm.


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