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Ascot, The Grand National, Epsom - Fascinators or Hats?

Thursday, 1 March 2018  |  prettycool


As we are approaching the famous Grand National at Aintree and then of course the Epsom Derby and not forgetting the very famous Royal Ascot,  the big decision is about to be made.  Do I wear a Hat or a Fascinator?  Of course there are other decisions to be made, your outfit of course, but we all know its all about the hat or fascinator.  It can make or break your look.  

The Grand National at Aintree - The Aintree Festival begins on Thursday 12th April, and will be taking place till the final race on Saturday 14th.

At Aintree and the Grand National its all about fashion as you can see from last years Ladies Day.  Ladies Day will be on Ladies Day - Friday April 13th and unlike Ascot there are no rules as such just a reason to splash out and really go for it!  The colours tipped to be big this year are cobalt blue or indigo blue (popular again this year) along with coral, taupe, orange and yellow and as always nude.  The fascinators can be as wacky or elegant as you like.  If the weather turns out to be a little unkind you could pick a fascinator with or a hat with a hairband which should stay securely in place.  Alternately you could use extra grips or clips to hold it in place.  

Whatever you decide to wear it is sure to be a brilliant day and hey you may even make it into the National  Newspapers.

Royal Ascot - Ladies Day - 21 June 2018

Royal Ascot on the other hand does have a few extra rules, for example if you are going to be entering the Royal Enclosure at Ascot you will need to wear some sort of hat or headpiece and the head piece needs to have a base of 4" or more.  All of the other enclosures you are able to wear a fascinator or hat of any description.   Ladies Day is always an excuse to look amazing no matter what your budget.  

Epsom Derby - Ladies Day -  1 June 2018

Epsom Ladies Day may find you competing for the title of 'Best Dressed Lady'.    If you are going on Investec Ladies' Day in the Queen's Stand ladies are asked to wear a hat or fascinator as they are for the hospitality areas, if you are going to be spending the day in the Grandstand Enclosure you are not required to wear a hat or fascinator but why would you not want to, you can't win the 'Best Dressed Lady' without one.    It may be a good idea to have a couple of fascinators just in case the weather isn't as you planned it and you may have to change your outfit at the last minute, an insurance fascinator.  You're sure to wear it another year anyway, especially if you choose a classic colour and design.

Whatever race meeting you are lucky to go to this year, have an amazing day and if you choose to buy a fascinator or hat from we would love to see some photographs and even put them onto our blog just to show everyone how amazing they look.