Royal Ascot: The Ultimate Outfit Guide

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Now that January is over, like most people, I now look to summer. Undoubtedly my favourite fashion-filled event of the season is none other than Royal Ascot. This year the iconic racecourse will play host once again to show-stopping style from Tuesday 19th – Saturday 23rd of June.

As thoroughly enjoyable as a day at the races is (and trust me it is) the outfit preparation can be stressful to say the least. Not only because you hope to make a fashion statement, but also because it is necessary to adhere to strict style guidelines. Never fear ladies, I’ve done all of the regulation research, outfit sourcing and Insta stalking on your behalf and am here to provide you with a number of stunning options that will turn heads – but for all the right reasons, making you a fashion front runner!

For the prestigious Royal Enclosure, the official style guide must be strictly adhered to: skirts should be of a modest length (just above the knee or longer), dresses and tops should have straps at least 1 inch wide (no spaghetti straps, off the shoulder or strapless garments are permitted). Trousers suits should be of full length to the ankle and in one colour and material. Jumpsuits should also be of full length and match regulations for dresses. Hats should be worn or, alternatively, a headpiece with a solid base of 4 inches or greater in diameter may be worn (fascinators are not permitted). Midriffs should be covered at all times, jackets and pashminas may be worn but when removed your outfit must still adhere to the dress code above.

So, I admit, that all sounds a little scary and limiting but, if like me, you know where to look, you’ll have no problem. Check out my suggestions below for the ultimate Ascot attire…

Hinkley Cerise Crepe Dress by Roland Mouret, £1,350 @ Harvey Nichols.
Ailsee Maxi Dress, £189 @ Coast.
Deedee Lace Dress, £129 @ Coast.
'Sorelle' Jacket & 'Dawna' Trousers, House of CB, £168
Fauna Jacket and Fauna Trousers, £530 @ Reiss.
Pixie Jacket and Pixie Trousers, £385 @ Reiss.
Jocelyn Jumpsuit, £139 @ Coast.
Emerald Wide Leg Jumpsuit by Pretty Little Thing, £30 @ ASOS.
White Button Embellished Jumpsuit by Balmain, £3,895 @ Harvey Nichols.
Tyler Notch Detail Jacket, £99 @ Coast.
Petite Sheer Insert Cover Up, £49 @ Debenhams.
Pin Flower Bolero by James Lakeland, £54 @ House of Fraser.
Goodwick Pillbox Hat by EMILY-LONDON, £635 @ Harvey Nichols.
Pink Cecily Flower Hat, £110 @ Phase Eight.
Jeanne Fascinator, £55 @ Coast.

For this enclosure the guidelines are essentially the same, but think slightly more formal-occasion attire. A hat or headpiece should be worn at all times.  Here’s some inspiration…

Aijek Maxi Dress, £320 @ ASOS.
Magenta Silk Dress by Donna Karan, £170 @ Harvey Nichols.
Roshi Midi Dress, £249 @ Ted Baker.

When it comes to the Village Enclosure the same regulations apply to all attire but take note of the outdoor element. So, consider slightly smaller hats / headpieces,  and perhaps an appropriate alternative footwear to stilettos. Most importantly, be aware of the temperamental British weather so have a cover up and a stylish umbrella to hand. 

Highball Heeled Sandals, £28 @ ASOS.
Dover Gold High Heels, £129 @ Kurt Geiger.
Birdcage Umbrella, £34 @ Lulu Guinness.

For ladies in the general enclosure the dress code is formal, smart attire with a hat or, in this enclosure, a fascinator is permitted.

Pleated Midi Dress, £48 @ ASOS.
Branca Dusty Rose Silk Skirt by Roksanda, £1,295 @ Harvey Nichols.
Suki Lace Dress, £160 @ Phase Eight.
Medium Feather Saucer by Vixen Millinery, £65 @ House of Fraser.
Allesandra Bow Headband, £35 @ Phase Eight.
Celeste Fascinator, £39 @ Coast.

For all enclosures, the following rules apply:  
– No fancy dress
– No novelty items
– No branded items

So ladies, if you’re lucky enough to be attending Royal Ascot this year then ensure you stick to the above pointers so you don’t stick out for the wrong reasons – only the right ones!



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