New award puts sustainable fashion on show at Aintree Grand National Ladies Day

'You can wear an outfit again if you change the hat' - Aintree's Lady's Day is encouraging sustainable fashion this year with a new award. Credit: PA Images

Sustainable fashion has been on display at Aintree's Lady's Day, with a new award on offer for the best eco-friendly outfit.

Well-dressed racegoers have flocked to the Liverpool racecourse for the second day of the Randox Grand National Festival, which is known for its fashion.

As well as the long-running annual style award, for the 2024 Lady's Day year a prize is on offer for the most sustainably dressed.

Stephanie Todd, 36, from Moreton, Wirral, made her own headpiece, with pearls and peacock feathers, and wore clothes and accessories from online second-hand marketplace Vinted and charity shops.

She said: “I just like putting things together and seeing different things. I got the skirt first and had a bit of a shop around to see what else I could find.

“I think you find the best bargains in charity shops, you find some amazing things and you can just pop them together and make yourself an outfit.”

Milliners Viv Jenner, 50, and Rachel Oates, 52, both wore extravagant handmade headpieces which had taken about 30 hours of work to create.

Ms Jenner, from Ascot, Berkshire, said: “I hire my hats out and that is sustainable because people are not buying a hat and wearing it once to put in a box and never come out again.

Racegoers Viv Jenner and Rachel Oates at Aintree Credit: left

Ms Oates, from Andover, Hampshire, added: “I think you can wear an outfit again and again if you change the hat.”

Former Style Award winner Faith Amond, 71, from Carlow, Ireland, wearing an all-white outfit with a headpiece, said wearing classic clothes could be key to sustainable fashion.

She said: “If you have something that’s on trend it will only last for that season but with these (clothes) they are timeless and what I call the old reliables.

“We go racing a lot so I like to be able to wear my clothes a lot and just change them up a bit.”

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Celebrities including Olympian Sam Quek were among those spotted cheering on the horses.

The TV presenter said: “I love the Grand National, don’t get me wrong, but Ladies Day is one for the girls and this is what we’re doing today, me and my five best mates.”

Boxer Natasha Jonas, a judge in the Style Awards, said: “The event and the occasion of Aintree is something we claim as our own – it’s a Scouse thing. We are very welcoming as a city and we like to have fun.”

More people will be showing up in their finest outfits when the festival culminates in the Grand National steeplechase on Saturday 13 April.

Sustainable outfits are on full display at Lady's Day.

Extra security will be in place after 2023’s race was delayed when protesters from the Animal Rising group got onto the track.

Superintendent Matthew Moscrop, of Merseyside Police, said: “There are a number of plans in place to deal with any incidents that may arise and to prevent any significant or ongoing disruption to spectators and local residents and businesses.”

Animal Rising has said it does not plan to protest at this weekend’s event.

This year changes have been made to the race, including a reduced field of runners, an earlier start time, a reduction in fence height by two inches and a standing start to the race.

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