What to Wear – Royal Ascot

If you are intending to visit Royal Ascot this is definitely the year to do it. With it being the Queen’s Jubilee year I am sure this will be an extra special occasion.  Like weddings, Ascot gives us something to dress up for and we all need a little glamour in our lives and something to look forward to. This year most of us will have to be a little more careful what we spend so buying an outfit that can be split up and worn again in different ways makes sense.

One thing you do need to know if you are attending Ascot is that there have been a few changes in the dress code. So to avoid confusion here are the rules direct from the Horse’s mouth (sorry couldn’t resist!) Note that fascinators are not permitted in the Royal Enclosure, although the are in the main grandstand.

Ladies are kindly reminded that formal day wear is a requirement in the Royal Enclosure, defined as follows:

  • Dresses and skirts should be of modest length defined as falling just above the knee or longer
  • Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch or greater
  • Jackets and pashminas may be worn but dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Royal Enclosure dress code
  • Trouser suits are welcome. They should be of full length and of matching material and colour
  • Hats should be worn; a headpiece which has a base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat.

Ladies are kindly asked to note the following:

  • Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck, spaghetti straps and dresses with a strap of less than one inch (2.5cm) are not permitted
  • Midriffs must be covered
  • Fascinators are no longer permitted in the Royal Enclosure; neither are headpieces which do not have a base covering a sufficient area of the head (4 inches / 10cm).

Ladies within the main Grandstand enclosure are encouraged to dress in a manner as befits a formal occasion.

Ladies are kindly asked to take particular note of the following:

  • A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times
  • Strapless or sheer strap dresses and tops are not permitted
  • Trousers must be full length and worn with a top that adheres to the guidelines above (i.e. strapless or sheer strap tops are not permitted)
  • Jackets and pashminas may be worn but dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Grandstand Admission dress code
  • Midriffs must be covered
  • Shorts are not permitted.

If you are in the silver ring there is no formal dress code (other than no bare chests which I am sure you would comply with!)

Look 1 has a feminine dress worn with a jacket and hat for Ascot, which can be worn again less formerly at a summer garden party. Both shoes and bags and the black jacket and silver pashmina would be useful additions to your wardrobe for parties, Christmas and weddings. If you don’t think you would wear the hat again try hiring something similar or sell later on ebay.

Look 2 pairs a red dress with cream and a pair of drop dead gorgeous shoes.  The dress would make a great addition to your smart workwear wardrobe mixed with black or grey. A cream hat is an investment as you can make it work with almost anything.