Hold onto your hats ladies! Breezy blouses and drafty dresses galore as women brave the elements in their finery at Chester races 

  • The three-day Boodles May Festival started at Chester Racecourse today
  • Racegoers refused to let the high winds and rain dampen spirits 
  • They showed up in mini dresses, bodycon and skyscraper heels

Chester is known for its glamorous residents. 

The Cheshire city is beloved by footballers' wives, the Hollyoaks cast and the Real Houseswives of Cheshire. 

So there was high hopes for the fashion that would be on show on Day One of the three-day Boodles May Festival at Chester Races today. 

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A group of ladies brave the elements to show off their finest clothing as they arrive at Chester Races earlier today 

A group of ladies brave the elements to show off their finest clothing as they arrive at Chester Races earlier today 

Many of the men and women who turned up didn't disappoint, with an array of smart dresses and fitted blazers on show

But there was still a sizable amount of cleavage, fake tan and skyscraper heels.  

The glossiness of many of the outfits took a hit thanks to the unpredictable spring weather. 

High winds meant that many women were left clutching their hats, while others were forced to cover up their colourful dresses with winter coats.  

This lady made sure to wrap up warm against the elements 

This lady made sure to wrap up warm against the elements 

This colourful lady was caught out by a gust of wind, which took her hat away
She laughed as the wind carried her hat away

This colourful lady was caught out by a gust of wind, which took her hat away

Model Charlotte Dawson and her friends braved the weather with mini dresses and bare legs 

Model Charlotte Dawson and her friends braved the weather with mini dresses and bare legs 

Charlotte was in high spirits and joked around with a fellow racegoer

Charlotte was in high spirits and joked around with a fellow racegoer 

Charlotte eventually gave up in her battle with the elements and covered her hair with a brown coat 

Charlotte eventually gave up in her battle with the elements and covered her hair with a brown coat 

The wind and rain failed to dampen the spirits of racegoers though, with thousands heading through the gates for a day of betting. 

Many ladies ignored the weather forecast completely and braved the elements with bare legs and arms in short-sleeved mini dresses and strappy heels.  

The model and actress Charlotte Dawson was in high spirits as she arrived at the event with a group of friends. 

These ladies came prepared with some waterproof ponchos 

These ladies came prepared with some waterproof ponchos 

This lady took some time out to read the brochure under her brolly 

This lady took some time out to read the brochure under her brolly 

Despite the wind and rain, these ladies kept smiling 

Despite the wind and rain, these ladies kept smiling 

This couple didn't have to fight for a seat outside in the rain 

This couple didn't have to fight for a seat outside in the rain 

The trio of ladies grinned through the unpredictable showers in their colourful frocks but were eventually forced to admit defeat and hid their styled hairdos under raincoats.

Others came more prepared and spent the afternoon sheltering under an array of brightly patterned umbrellas.  

As well as Charlotte Dawson, famous faces included Liverpool FC legend Kenny Dalglish and his wife Marina, as well as footballer Micheal Owen, who was joined by his wife Louise. 

Footballer Michael Owen came prepared with a racing newspaper 

Footballer Michael Owen came prepared with a racing newspaper 

The wind proved tricky for many women, who were forced to hold onto their hats 

The wind proved tricky for many women, who were forced to hold onto their hats 

These ladies were holding their hats down before they had even entered the racecourse area 

These ladies were holding their hats down before they had even entered the racecourse area 

There was a look of defiance on many faces as they continued to keep their headgear held down

Although tricky in the wind, the hats proved a useful shelter from the rain 

Although tricky in the wind, the hats proved a useful shelter from the rain 

There are higher hopes for the weather for Ladies Day though - which takes place tomorrow. 

Reports are predicting a drier day with highs of 11 degrees.

Fortunately for the racegoers, the historic Chester racecourse has undergone a £2 million refurbishment over the last year. 

They were able to shelter from the elements in a brand new champagne bar - which was used by visitors for the first time today.  

Some women opted to go without any jackets or waterproof clothing 

Some women opted to go without any jackets or waterproof clothing 

Despite lower than average temperatures, this women didn't appear bothered to be outside in a strappy dress 

Despite lower than average temperatures, this women didn't appear bothered to be outside in a strappy dress 

A bit of Pimms went a long way to warming up racegoers today 

A bit of Pimms went a long way to warming up racegoers today 

This lady stocked up on refreshments after a long afternoon of watching the races 

This lady stocked up on refreshments after a long afternoon of watching the races 

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