Bolton woman wins best dressed award on ladies' day at Tatton Park - in £20 Primark dress

UPDATED: Bolton woman wins best dressed award on ladies' day at Tatton Park - in £20 Primark dress

Annette Aiken won the fashion stakes in her outfit

Annette Aiken, right, won the best dressed gong on Ladies’ Day at Tatton Park — with a dress she had picked up from Primark.

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FORGET designer dresses and fancy fascinators — a mum from Westhoughton won the Tatton Ladies Day competition wearing a £20 Primark dress.

Annette Aiken, aged 42, teamed a nautical-style navy and white striped dress, which she bought last year, with a charity shop fascinator and high street wedges — costing £57 in total.

Whereas many women compete for designer brands, Ms Aiken was happy in high street, and got noticed by competition scouts as soon as she walked through the entrance.

The health researcher won Ti Sento jewellery worth £300 and a bouquet of flowers.

Ms Aiken, of Wigan Road, said: “I was thrilled when I won. It was such a surprise — especially as I didn’t spend a lot of money on my outfit.

“I had thought about what I was going to wear beforehand but didn’t go out and spend hundreds on a new dress like a lot of women do.

"I bought the Primark dress last year but hadn’t worn it, so I thought it’d be perfect for the show even though it is from the high street.

“I even got my fascinator from a charity shop — it only cost about £7. The most expensive thing I wore were the cork wedge heels, but they were only £30.

“Then to finish off the look I put my hair up and used a fake ponytail with a bun design at the back. It only took about an hour to get ready.

“As I walked through I was approached by someone asking me to enter the competition, so I thought, why not?

“I filled in a form with my details and a description of what I was wearing and had to wait until the afternoon to find out the results.

“It was a little nerve- wracking but I couldn’t believe it when they called out my name.

“It just goes to show, you don’t have to spend a fortune to look nice.”

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3:34pm Mon 28 Jul 14

boltonnut says...

Well done Annette you look lovely, just wondering if the other lady was the runner up????
Well done Annette you look lovely, just wondering if the other lady was the runner up???? boltonnut
  • Score: 19

8:27pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Looks like an Obama. Well done,
Looks like an Obama. Well done, Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 6

7:30am Tue 29 Jul 14

arrian says...

well done Annette, you and the dress look lovely! shame the 'reporter' couldn't be bothered with a story to go with your picture.
well done Annette, you and the dress look lovely! shame the 'reporter' couldn't be bothered with a story to go with your picture. arrian
  • Score: 10

9:14am Tue 29 Jul 14

netts748 says...

Thanks so much guys for your lovely compliments! Yes, the other lady is Emily, the runner up ,who i met on the day :)
Thanks so much guys for your lovely compliments! Yes, the other lady is Emily, the runner up ,who i met on the day :) netts748
  • Score: 8

9:16am Tue 29 Jul 14

netts748 says...

Thanks guys for your lovely compliments. Yes, the other lady is Emily, who was the runner up. :)
Thanks guys for your lovely compliments. Yes, the other lady is Emily, who was the runner up. :) netts748
  • Score: 9

12:24pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Farnworth Lady says...

Well Done Annette, you look lovely.

Nice story.
Well Done Annette, you look lovely. Nice story. Farnworth Lady
  • Score: 9

6:33pm Tue 29 Jul 14

catsden says...

You look lovely, love the dress, looks like a designer dress, just shows you don't have to spend hundreds.
You look lovely, love the dress, looks like a designer dress, just shows you don't have to spend hundreds. catsden
  • Score: 4

8:06am Wed 30 Jul 14

netts748 says...

Thanks again everyone! :)
Thanks again everyone! :) netts748
  • Score: 4

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