The heavens may have opened for the second day in a row at York races but enthused racegoers didn’t let a little rain dampen their spirits as they descended on the Ebor Festival for champagne quaffing on Thursday. High-spirited ladies donned their finery for Ladies Day at the equestrian event and sheltered under colorful umbrellas and makeshift rain macs as they found themselves caught in a downpour as the event got underway.
Luckily for the gaggle of glamorous ladies, who donned vibrant headgear and a mélange of bold summer frocks, the weather brightened up into the afternoon, allowing the ladies to kick back and relax in style.
The well-heeled fillies were seen enjoying pink champagne as they enjoyed the meet. The female racegoers certainly pulled out all the sartorial stops, dressing to impress as they battled it out for prizes on the Ebor Fashion Lawn, reports Daily Mail.
An unfortunate few arrivals landed on the course just as the heavens opened and were forced to shelter beneath their clutch bags and race day programs. Others came prepared with umbrellas and one canny woman even had a transparent rain mac on hand to protect her dress and hair from the elements.
As the rain cleared and the sun shone down, ladies took the opportunity to quaff champagne and compare outfits as they went head-to-head in the battle for best dressed. The weather wasn’t much better yesterday as glamorous racegoers arrived at York Races on Wednesday.
Bravely flaunting their bare legs in an array of skimpy dresses, women could be seen giggling under umbrellas as they arrived at at the equestrian event in their finery. Luckily the rain eased off in time for a royal arrival as fittingly, the Duke of York, Prince Andrew arrived at the raced this afternoon.
The Queen’s son was suited and booted in anticipation of the day ahead, arriving in a charcoal grey two piece suit and a sky blue tie.The royal, 57, appeared to be in good spirits as he chatted to fellow racing enthusiasts as he arrived at the stadium today.
Elsewhere, racegoers were spotted arriving with less ease – teetering on the slippery ground in towering open-toed high-heeled sandals after optimistically wearing summer dresses on the first day of the races at the historic York Racecourse.
Meanwhile, many of the men could be seen dashing across the pavement, hiding under their jackets, as they arrived at the Yorkshire Ebor Festival, which runs from Wednesday until Saturday.Others had come prepared in practical but not-very-glamorous clear plastic ponchos.
The women meanwhile retained a sense of glamour for the glittering occasion and came dressed in their finery, with many opting for geometric prints. Most flaunted their bare, tanned legs in dresses, though one was seen wearing a smart black trouser suit and a frilly-sleeved black leather jacket.
Others wore elegant fitted shift dresses, with one opting for a safe plain white design with a fitted nude jacket, while another chose a busy floral print, accessorising with a string of pearls.
One woman took a risk and wore a flirty navy blue thigh-skimming minidress and towering nude open-toed sandals.Another wore a blue-and-white striped midi dress that had to be hitched up to avoid falling on the dampened ground.
Elsewhere, one woman was spotted wearing a bold orange dress coat, which she teamed with black accessories including plain heels and a small fascinator.She was accompanied by a dashing gent in a sand-coloured suit, which he wore with a straw hat.