As you read this, I’m frantically body buffing, fake tanning and nail painting, because tomorrow I’m being whisked off to Ladies Day at the Grand National in Aintree as a VIP guest of Matalan. That’s right – I’m shedding my chunky knit cardigan and donning a dress to quaff champers and air kiss minor celebrities. Hoorah!
Matalan will be hosting their annual Style Contest on the day – fashionable ladies can take to the catwalk in the Style Enclosure (Red Rum Garden) between 11.30am and 2pm, and the style team will be keeping their Wayfarer-clad peepers peeled for the best dressed. The prize includes £5,000 cash, a holiday to St Lucia, a £500 Matalan shopping spree, £500 bet and £500 of Benefit goodies. Worth pulling on a killer dress and giving it your best smize? I think so.
Choosing a dress for the occasion was a life and (sartorial) death decision… in other words, I took it very seriously. I didn’t want to spend a huge amount but wanted something I’d be able to wear regularly afterwards (I’m nothing if not practical). I settled on this silk button-front print dress from H&M, which cost £24.99:
The money I saved on the dress meant I could buy accessories to give it that Ladies Day glamour:
Dressing my body was easy, but my feet are an entirely different story. I’m not much of a shoe person – I do enjoy a beautiful pump or perfectly-crafted brogue, but heels don’t feature heavily in my wardrobe.
After much clomping and stubbing of toes, I selected three pairs of heels and now I need your help deciding which are best. First up, the nude suede courts:
Suede almond toe platform courts, £35, ASOS (similar)
Pros: Leg lengthening, classic, relatively comfortable to wear (walking on grass not factored in)
Cons: Could be described as ‘office attire’, nude suede not good for grass, spike heel poses potential ‘sinking into ground’ threat
Pros: Have lovely clutch bag that matches, ridiculously comfortable, not too high (i.e. don’t make me 6 foot tall)
Cons: Feel like I’m going to a BBQ when wearing them
Pros: Give any outfit ‘the edge’, wedges good for grass walking, people might refer to me as ‘directional’ if I wear them
Cons: These shoes hate feet, it takes approximately 15 years to get them off, ankle straps have tendency to make my legs look fat
You see my dilemma? I’m not sold on any of them, so here I am, crowdsourcing for a shoe solution. Tell me please – option one, two or three, four (run to the nearest Office brandishing my Mastercard) or secret option number five (wear flip flops. I’m joking. Would be easier though.) – what do you think?
PS – Should I wear a hat? If Coleen Rooney sees my naked head, will I be banished from Cricket forever?!