April 4th, 2008

Style Files: A Day at the Races

Images: Rex Features.

The rules for attending racing events in the UK are simple: get a good hat, wear shoes that are sexy but won’t sink into the grass when you walk, and courtsey when you meet the Queen. Our favourite unofficial rule is to get stonking drunk and flirt like insanos with cute boys in tuxedos, but otherwise, that’s pretty much it.

Alas, in our years of enjoying and partaking in the fun and festivities of screaming at horses whilst dressed in fine frocks, we’ve never had proper guidance from a style pro like Alex Curran.  Let’s take inspiration and compile a few ACG style tips for a successful day at the races, shall we?:

1. Go big or go home.
2. Go blonde or go home.
3. Do not allow one of your mates to outsize you with a cleverly teased bouffant.  If this does occur, lend her a large taffeta bow/shawl/shrug/thing and tell her it’s the new look for chokers this season. Giggle to yourself while she sweats and paws at her neck throughout the afternoon.
4. Hats are for those who didn’t get their highlights done properly. Shun the hat rule so you stand out from the others.


1. Spray tan, black eyeliner, gloss. Repeat.
2. Eyebrows are the window to the soul. Keep the window well defined and coloured in until caterpillar-like.  This is the best way to define the face and show off the spray tan, black eyeliner and gloss.

1. Frills, froth, and fantasy is your mantra.
2. Seriously, if it doesn’t have frills or froth, you’re a loser.  A poor loser who can’t afford to buy frills and froth.
3. See what your mates are wearing first so you can out-dress them. If they have chosen something nice, tell them to accessorize with a dead animal or a decorative lampshade-inspired bolero jacket in taupe.
4. Smile demurely when you are the fashion “do” next to a fashion “hell-don’t”.  (See below) Enjoy the moment, it comes so very rarely.


Link: The Best And Worst at Aintree

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41 Responses to “Style Files: A Day at the Races”

  1. Claire says:

    Hi I think Alex looks fab here as always.

    I would like to know where she purchased or who designed the outfit.

    It is perfect for the races it is practical-elegant and glamorous.

    Also Alex’s hair is lovely also. xx

  2. amy says:

    i think alex looks really stunning here it fitted her figure amazingly well and i think she gets a thumbs up from me !!
    i also think kelly ellison and co looked a bit O.T.T to be honest and i think they were just following alex’s style.

  3. Tracy says:

    Dear Lord, the amount of foundation among Alex and her friends is just mind-numbingly suffocating!! 
    (struggles to breathe
    <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/sick.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="sick" style="border:0;" /> ) 

    Bottom line, lots of spray tan + lots of foundation= big NO NO!

    That said, Alex’s outfit looks okay and the accesories were nice. I always thought that she seemed pretty, less spray tan and foundation would be nice.

    I’ve always liked Alex(no idea why), but she just gives me the impression that she has spunk and will not tolerate crap from anyone, Stevie included. Groupies and hoochies stay away from the Gerrard, you have been warned!(Erm, going out of topic, sorry girls.)

  4. Sarah x says:

    Well Theres Frills.. And Then Theres Frills Lol
    What Is Her Friend Wearing!

  5. April says:

    They all look the SAME. MAJOR LOL.

  6. thee_gerrards says:

    I LUV HER HERE. she looks so fab the metro is so dum they shud sak whoever decides wot looks good and wot doesnt. they had the cheek to put it right in the middle of nowhere then actually wrote -fasion stake losers- wtf?????

    o ye who saw the shortlist magazine with frank lampard its a mens magazine but free on the bus

  7. Becca x says:

    OMG! That Wedding Dress Is Fugly!

    I Still Havent Quite Got Over It!!

  8. The Fourth Official says:

    Puts me in mind of the fembots from Austin Powers.


  9. Maya says:

    They look all the same to me, Alex and her friends tool – Blond plastic barbies with no idea of elegance worn to such occasions and certainly not chosen like it would be August weather (sorry Coleeen there too). But well they are WAGs, their men prefer them like this for sure, subtlety and class not their strongest suit.

  10. QB says:

    i love her skirt and the color of the shirt looka good on her but i hate that she makes weird faces (or maybe is her face)that make her look unatractive she is a pretty girl

  11. FabLove says:

    That last picture, is there a possibility that Alex wanted to pose for a picture with her future self? :D

  12. cassie says:

    OMG, i cannot believe those wedding photos!!!  i seriously cannot believe anyone would dress that way and have their hair done that way for their wedding, shock..horror..nauseous.  thanks for the link thought GKette, was something i’ve never seen before…and NEVER want to see again.

  13. Johnna says:

    I actually think Alex looks really good. The hair isn’t as big as normal and looks really good on her.

  14. e says:

    And the pictures you have all been waiting for ladies………..Coleen's Race day outfit


    What do you all think? i think it's okay but i thought, shock horror that Alex's outfit was much more appropriate for the races!!!

  15. nicky xxx says:

    oh i quiet like it and think she may have it right!! Yey go you!! << wtf?</p>

  16. Nina says:

    That picture is the scariest one I have ever seen ;-(

  17. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    She did not go to her WEDDING like that did she???? Oh.My.God, I’m suprised the groom stuck around!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. RedGirl says:

    It’s unbelievable that she’s the “most normal” there. But to me the whole outfit it’s like “Not bad, but could’ve been better”.

    I must confess my addiction to eye-liner and gloss. I don’t even go to the supermarket without my daily dose of eye-liner!

    I’m not even talking about the “WAG Wars: The Clone Wars”. Don’t they get tired of looking all the same?

    And the last pic is hilarious. Behold the future, people!

  19. goalkeeperette says:

    Oh and I have read in Daily Mail today that Alex was that day’s winner of this fashion award thingy. Not that there was any competition, mind you.

  20. goalkeeperette says:

    Oh my gawd I’ve been waiting for this entry all day, hitting the refresh button over and over!!  <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/cheese.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="cheese" style="border:0;" /> 
    First of all, PLEASE kickette provide your army with the link to the Daily Mail article, because us normal people can’t be deprived of the fashion monstrosities that are hovering around the (obviously completely cut off from the rest of the world) city of Liverpool. You’ll see, Alex’ upside-down worn flamenco dress is just the tip of the iceberg. THANK YOU!

    On Mrs. C-G’s outfit: Considering what she’s able to do to the eyes of mankind, this is one of her better looks. I quite like the hair (I have a thing for side chignons) and I’m OK with the skirt and belt. It just doesn’t occur to me why oh why do all of these hideous people cover themselves in lots and lots of mad ruffles and frills and garish colours when it would be so easy to look elegant in a simple but stylish suit and some pumps. Ideas anyone?  <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/confused.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="confused" style="border:0;" />

    But I agree that she looks a whole lot better than all the pastell Barbie dolls in fake fur right next to her. Is that Alex’ BFF Kelly Ellison to her right? She looks like she’s carrying a piece of the Great Barrier Reef on her shoulders. That woman is able to outdo even Alex. If you are really, and I mean REALLY hard-boiled….I stumbled upon what I believe to be Kelly Ellison’s wedding pictures today. YE BE WARNED!!! Please give a sign of life afterwards so we can be assured that you’re okay.

    (click on “weddings”)

    I think Philip Armstrong is the same designer who created the purple curtain-like nightmare Alex wore to this weird Cricket party some time ago. Just G R O S S.  <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/shuteye.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="shut eye" style="border:0;" />

    My first thought on the woman in the last pic was that she could easily be Alex’ mother with the similar hair and clothes going on. But then she is so much worse than Alex…I agree with SuburbanSocialite, she looks like she’s swallowed by a gigantic venus flytrap. Burp.

  21. Blair says:

    Will admit that it’s a definite upgrade from last year.  But I am going to pass judgement (besides the belt which must not be worn over the jelly belly, bad choice, ok so I couldn’t help myself) until Coleen shows up, becuase she far out did Alex last year, and I’m crossing my fingers for the same this season.

    Was surprised by the future Mrs. Rooney’s admission at Aintree yesterday seeing that it was her brithday and all.

  22. carly says:

    I just…don’t know what to say anymore!!

    This is monstrous stuff! I haven’t seen a single person there that got a thing right! The only reason Alex doesn’t look awful is because her friends look beyond ridiculous.
    Her top is ok..(well, if you think the “one-boob” look is okay) but the belt and those awful shoes arghhh!!

    “the eyebrows are the windows of the soul” – I think you’ve said it all, Kickette.

  23. cassie says:

    i actually like her outfit and think it’s rather cute.  i saw these photos yesterday and thought the outfit was great, and actually the hair isn’t too too bad.  the make-up is too much for me and the other girls looks horrible, but you can’t win em all i guess.

  24. SuburbanSocialite says:

    I’m not impressed with Alex’s outfit, but it was a major improvement from the cream colored monstrosity   that she had on last year. Hey, no camel toe!

    The woman in the last picture looks like something is eating her alive.

  25. FootballerChick43 says:

    That has to be one of the funniest things I’ve ever read.

    But I did find the “…black eyeliner…Repeat” thing quite stabbing. I think I wear more eyeliner than America has roads. No joke, I go through two sticks a month. The non-runny kind. I can pretty much wake up the next morning and still have enough eyeliner to last through the day… but I reapply anyway.

    Sorry, don’t know what made me go off on an eyeliner tangent.

  26. tammyv says:

    I thought… The Hef’s New Girls Next door.

    That is way too much bad things happening

  27. lose that girl says:

    I think Alex looks quite good! Better than usual…but of course, it does help to sit beside a group that looks far more ridiculous than you!

  28. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    OK I can’t believe I’m going to say this but…..*deep breathes*…….I actually think she look OK, maybe even stretched to good!!!!
    Yes there’s a lot of frills, yes the caterpillars are still there, yes she still has bigger hair than Amy Winehouse and yes the hooker heels remain BUT overall I’d say she has done a jolly good job!!

    Think I need some Pimms after that….

  29. e says:

    Do you know what i agree with Paris, i think she looks really nice, don’t know whats going on with her mates but Alex looks fab.

    Bit dissapointed really thought we might have a repeat of last years camels hoof monstrosity but there’s still Ladies day!!!!!!

  30. paris says:

    This is so funny I actually like this pic she looks great not too sure about the friends.

  31. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    Oh I don’t limit myself AT ALL!!! Trust, I vary my fantasies a lot, daily really! But Xabi is my main man, and he was looking so cute with the plaster stuck to his head. Was a bit gutted he took it off actually lol, and oh in the black, yum!!! Damn he so scrummy <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/tongue_laugh.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="tongue laugh" style="border:0;" />

  32. Elise says:

    I saw these in the Daily Mail yesterday and was shocked that Alex was the most ‘normal’ looking one of the bunch.  I don’t like the outfit at all, but her hair and makeup look pretty good. 

    And Kickette, that was one of your funniest posts yet.
      ‘Hair- go big or go home.‘
    <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/lol.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="LOL" style="border:0;" />

  33. HoneyBee says:

    Yes Brandy I saw those(delicious).Can’t run from dark side-I’ll just keep posting these:
    Limiting yourself to one player is very un-kickette like.I think that Ron is sweet as chocolate(and would go well together with it in my fantasies)but I would like to mix chocolate and other hotties(your Xabi did look cute in black and even with that patch on his head recently).
      <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/embarrassed.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="red face" style="border:0;" />

  34. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    Oh no HoneyBee, please leave me in my sunshine state. I’m very happy here, and just think it’s one less compition for you <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/smile.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="smile" style="border:0;" />

    My doctor did do a quick brain scan and he said he could just make out a few letters, X A B I!!!! Hmm not sure what that could mean…

  35. redfusion says:

    hello! i like her outfit, the color is great and the ruffles are so in this season, BUT i think she looks a bit like kristin bell on the red carpet.

  36. brandy says:

    Oh Honey Bee – I did see those <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/smile.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="smile" style="border:0;" /> I went off into my own world for a few hours and truly dedicated some time to them <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/wink.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="wink" style="border:0;" />

    He is amazing… you saw that pic of him and Mexes hugging right?! And then he put the jersey in his pants……. droooooooool!

  37. HoneyBee says:

    If you don’t feel any dark side love after this you should visit your doctor so he can call time of death.I will not leave you alone-dark clowds will cover your sunshine.I think Brandy has fainted after viewing first link I’ve posted(some others as well and are not able to respond). tongue rolleye

  38. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    Oh HoneyBee while you’ve been away I saw sense and totally got over my mini/almost/never quite admitting it crush on Ronaldo. I am back in the sunshine, and it feels great <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/cheese.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="cheese" style="border:0;" />

    He doesn’t look repulsive in those pictures, but that’s about it <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/smile.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="smile" style="border:0;" />

    Hope you havn’t been studying too hard either.

  39. HoneyBee says:

    Brandy and Mrs.Xabi have you seen this?
    <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/tongue_wink.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="tongue wink" style="border:0;" /> (I know TFO and c9 and Elise have seen this-and they are thrille-ALL KICKETTES MUST VIEW)
    Mrs.Xabi-doesn’t he look sweeter than chocolate filled with nugat in these two pics?
    Oh I warn you-I will post these links again(I just want everyone to see them,again and again)
    <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/raspberry.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="raspberry" style="border:0;" />

  40. brandy says:

    Holy black eyeliner and dark roots Batman! Too much comb-teasing, bleaching, spray on tanning… they don’t even look like real people anymore! And I mean that in the bad way… I do like Alex’s shirt style and long pencil skirt – but the colors don’t seem appropriate for the occassion (all that beige and barely there pink nothingness). She seems too dressed down as if that has ever happened to her in her life before!

  41. Pussycat says:

    Stepford Wives.
    And the wedding pictures were “OMG” and “WTF!!!!!!!“
    That must be where Alex’s beer can hairdo came from for her wedding. Seriously – did either one of them look in the mirror??