Thinking of heading to this year’s Grand National but not sure about the dress code? What exactly does one even wear to Europe’s most valuable horseracing event?! The Grand National is one of the most iconic and valuable race meetings in all of Europe with prize money of £1,000,000! Every year thousands flock to Aintree Racecourse to get a piece of the thrilling horseracing action. From Grand National men’s fashion to becoming Aintree Ladies Day best dressed, Eventmasters cover all your race day fashion queries.
What is the dress code for the Grand National?
There is no official dress code for The Grand National but racegoers are encouraged to adorn smart attire and use the event as an opportunity to feature their favourite race day fashions. You don’t have to wear a hat but many prefer to do so. The only real rule at Aintree is that sports clothing and fancy dress is not permitted, so leave your Nike’s and fairy wings at home.
Ladies dress code for the Grand National
Prepare to glam it up, ladies – The Grand National encourages all who attend to dress to impress! Why not use Ladies Day as an opportunity to show off your true style for your chance to claim the ‘Ladies Day Best Dressed’ title and take home the Grand National Style Award? There are many options you can take to achieve this.
Many Aintree racegoers love the chance to wear a statement headpiece to The Grand National. You could keep it simple and classy with a black fascinator or you could go completely over the top with a giant feathered headpiece – it’s all about showcasing your individual style.
Go big with colours, prints and furs
Do you go for a dress? What about a trouser suit? Do you take a coat? Whatever you decide to do, make it pop! You could go for a bold print, a striking colour, a faux fur coat, a sexy silhouette – the options are endless when it comes to turning heads during Ladies Day at Aintree. The only aspect of your outfit where you may need to be sensible are your shoes. This is England in April – we don’t want you slipping in your 6-inch stilettos during those pesky April showers!
Jazz it up with jewellery
Be careful of going too overboard on the accessories but a fabulous pair of earrings or a statement necklace might just be what you need to give your outfit that extra edge.
Grand National Bag Policy
Most UK racecourses have a bag size policy and Aintree is no different. If you do bring a bag with you, make sure it’s only small – no larger than 30 cm wide, 20 cm high and 10cm depth. We suggest a small simple yet stylish clutch bag. For anything larger, it’s best to leave it at your hotel. If you want to bring a camera or binoculars, carry them by strap. Remember that everything gets checked once you arrive at the racecourse, so a bag may delay your entry into Aintree.
Dress code for Grand National enclosures
Aintree racecourse has a number of different enclosures. Although you are free to essentially wear what you like, some enclosures are more exclusive than others so this may have an impact on how you choose to dress.
Princess Royal Seats and Gallery
This ticket option gives you access to Champagne and seafood concessions. Let’s face it, you’re going to want to look satisfactorily suited when sampling the shrimp.
This is one of the more iconic enclosures at the Grand National. The Jockey Club website states that a more relaxed dress code is acceptable within this enclosure so you can afford to keep things more casual here.
Grand National Men’s Fashion
Let’s not forget about the men. After all, you too have the chance to take home the Grand National style award! You may think you are restricted to just a run of the mill suit but given the fact that the Grand National dress code rules are a little more relaxed, you actually have more options than what you may think.
Why not adopt a relaxed yet super trendy Grand National look and go for an athleisure suit? The comfort and softness of the jersey material disguised as a cutting-edge suit is the ultimate smart/casual get up. If you choose to go athleisure, make sure you choose trousers and jackets which are nicely tailored. As you can imagine, jersey does not have the same level of structure that traditional suits offer!
This is an easy way to jazz up your suit up! Choose a bold shade to create a pop of colour or even a contrasting silky material to give your outfit texture and create a more luxe Grand National look.
In need of tweed
A very simple yet effective way to look the part at Aintree. Whack on your favourite tweed peaky blinders cap or a good old-fashioned Chesterfield coat and away you go. Suits you, Sir!
The key thing to take away here is that the Grand National is a chance for you to dress up and wear something that you wouldn’t normally choose. Don’t take yourself too seriously and use this as an opportunity to have fun and experiment with your own personal style.