What to wear to Ascot

Royal Ascot is one of the UK’s most prestigious events and one which truly reflects our British culture. It is the crème de la crème in the horse racing calendar and a highlight of the season’s summer socials. If you’re attending this year’s event for the first time expect the ultimate English experience. From 19th – 23rd June racegoers will be immersed in a sea of outstanding hats, fascinators and exquisite occasionwear as women and men put in the upmost effort to show off their fanciest formal wear.

Dressing up for Royal Ascot is a big part of the experience and one which the event prides itself on. Think traditional British elegance with a modern twist. Last year jumpsuits were welcomed into the Royal Enclosure and this year’s official dress code makes socks a requirement for gentlemen. If you’re dressed tastefully and respectfully then you won’t stray far from the event’s expectations.

Who goes?

The racing tribe often include: The Queen who is in attendance every year, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Prince Michael of Kent and Princess Michael of Kent, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Lady Kitty Spencer and Mike and Zara Tindall.  Other famous faces include Elizabeth Hurley, Charlotte Tilbury and Anna Friel.

What does everyone wear in the Royal Enclosure?

This is completely dependant on your enclosure and their guidelines. The Royal Enclosure released a formal dress code to follow to ensure authorisation into the area. This includes: dresses and skirts falling just above the knee or longer, dress straps should have a width of one inch or greater and hats should be worn which have a solid base of 4 inches. The full Royal Enclosure dress code can be found ‘here‘.

What does everyone wear in the Queen Anne Enclosure?

If you’re visiting the Queen Anne enclosure the dress code states that you must dress in a manner that befits a formal occasion. The criteria here disallows bardot and shoulder style dresses, a hat or headpiece must be worn at all times and midriffs must be covered. The full guidelines can be found ‘here

What does everyone wear in the Village enclosure?

The same guidelines apply to those visiting the Queen Anne enclosure as they do the Village enclosure. One shoulder dresses are not permitted and neither are shorts, and headpieces should be worn at all times. The full breakdown for the Village enclosure guidelines can be found ‘here

What does everyone wear in the Windsor enclosure?

The Windsor enclosure features a more relaxed dress code but that doesn’t mean dress down as often people still go to the effort. It is recommended that ladies wear a hat or fascinator but it isn’t obligatory. The full dress code for the Windsor enclosure can be found ‘here

Whether you’re in the Royal Enclosure or the Windsor Enclosure conservative dresses with heels and headwear are favourable.

Outfits under £100

From Left: Premium Printed Lace High Low Maxi Dress – Blue Print: Very £90 | Daisy Spray Printed Flute Sleeve Dress: Very £58 | Lace Frill Midi Dress – Blue: Very £70

From Left: ASOS DESIGN ruffle maxi dress: ASOS £45 | ASOS WHITE Lily Pad Bias Cut Dress: ASOS £95 | Tiered Lace Dress: Warehouse £89

From Left: Black embellished harlequin wide leg jumpsuit: River Island £95 | Cream RI Studio abstract print drape dress: River Island £65 | White frill detail bodycon dress: River Island £40

From Left: Red wrap tie front wide leg jumpsuit: River Island £55 | Chi Chi Oti Dress: Chi Chi Clothing £62 | Coast Red Karly Ruffle Shift Dress: Coast £99

From Left: Chi Chi Bryanna Dress: Chi Chi Clothing £75 | Little Mistress Mink Appliqué Mini Dress: Little Mistress £32 | Lola Pearl Embellished Skater Dress: Miss Selfridge £66.50

Royal Ascot 2017 – My experience

After attending Royal Ascot last year with my fiance where we were based in the Village enclosure I can safely say we would go again. We had the best day. The sun stayed out, everyone was friendly and conversational and it was amazing to see everyone put in so much effort regarding their wardrobe choices. It really gives you the chance to show off your creative flair and personal style as no-one at Ascot is overdressed. I wore an Alexander McQueen dress which I luckily came across in my local charity shop (STEAL!!), I paired this with a bespoke hat from Liz Felix and completed the look with a white clutch and white sandal high heels from New Look.

If you need any assistance regarding your Royal Ascot outfit then please contact me ‘here‘.


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