Today we will immerse ourselves in the luxurious world of Royal Ascot, where for a week people’s hearts beat in rhythm with the sound of horses’ hooves on the country’s main racecourse. But before heading to the royal races, we need to choose appropriate attire for the noble event. Are you ready? Let’s delve into the details of the dress code.
True lovers of Royal Ascot know that there are two enclosures for the elite, which have the strictest dress code rules: the Royal Enclosure and the Queen Anne Enclosure.
The Royal Enclosure is the area where members of the royal family and their guests are present. For men, it is mandatory to wear black ties, formal morning coats and top hats. Women should be dressed in elegant dresses, large hats, and gloves.
The Queen Anne Enclosure, known as the enclosure for the business class and esteemed guests, has slightly relaxed requirements compared to the Royal Enclosure. Men are expected to wear suits and properly fitted ties, while women can opt for cocktail dresses.
Ladies at Royal Ascot should aim for a slim and elegant look. Dresses and skirts should fall just below the knee or lower. The width of the straps should be a minimum of 1 inch/2.5 cm.Tops and dresses that comply with the dress code requirements should be worn under jackets or pashminas.
And of course, a lady never forgets her headwear, specifically a fascinator with a base diameter of no less than 4 inches/10 cm. Girls aged 10 to 17 should dress according to the dress code for ladies. However, they may choose fascinators or decorative hair clips as an alternative to headwear without size restrictions.
Now let’s talk about prohibited items. Men and women, pay attention! The following clothing items are not allowed:
- Fancy dress, novelty, or promotional attire.
- Clothing that is revealing, strapless, or halter neck.
- Midriffs and shoulders must be covered.
- Fascinators with a base diameter of less than 4 inches/10 cm.
- Hats with a fascinator attached.
- Headpieces that do not have a solid base measuring at least 4 inches/10 cm.
- Headwear that obscures the face.
- Bare feet or fancy dress footwear such as novelty slippers.
Please ensure that your attire adheres to the dress code guidelines to fully enjoy the Royal Ascot experience.
If you are under 17 years old, do not wear fascinators (small headpieces on a comb, clip, or headband that do not have a solid base measuring at least 4 inches/10 cm).
- Items made of cords or one-shoulder garments are not permitted.
- Dresses without shoulder straps, with exposed shoulders, or an open back are not allowed.
- Tops or dresses with neck straps and an exposed back are not permitted.
- Thin straps are not allowed.
- Sheer fabrics (i.e. any material that is see-through or transparent) are not allowed.
- Visible midriffs (the area between the chest and waist) are not permitted.
Gentlemen also have rules to follow:
Suits should be in black, grey or dark blue and should include a waistcoat and a tie (patterns of a patriotic or national flag nature are acceptable).
Please ensure that your attire complies with these guidelines to fully enjoy the Royal Ascot event.
Add a black or grey top hat to your ensemble (which can be removed in restaurants or private boxes, as well as in enclosed external seating areas, terraces, balconies or gardens).
Don’t forget to wear black shoes with socks that cover the ankle.
Boys aged 10 to 17 can either adhere to the dress code for adult gentlemen or wear a dark suit with a collared shirt and tie.
However, there are a few restrictions to keep in mind. Here they are:
- Avoid wearing specially decorated top hats (e.g., with coloured ribbons, feathers, or ornaments).
- Bow ties and neckerchiefs are also not permitted.
In the Windsor Enclosure, guests are free to dress as they please, while still adhering to general standards of appropriate attire. This enclosure allows for more flexibility and personal fashion choices.
And finally, a few more prohibitions to remember regardless of enclosure or gender:
- Fancy dress, novelty, or promotional attire.
- Revealing or strapless outfits.
- Bare midriffs or shoulders.
- Sheer or transparent fabrics.
- Fancy dress footwear such as novelty slippers.
- Visible logos or branding on clothing.
- Torn or ripped clothing.
By following these guidelines, you’ll ensure a stylish and appropriate appearance at Royal Ascot.
Avoid choosing clothing with unconventional patterns and fabrics (such as slogans, phrases, advertising messages, brand logos, or caricatured images).
Sneakers are not an acceptable choice of footwear.
Denim jeans, leggings, and shorts are also bestto leave at home.
Luxury, style, and enchantment are the words that describe one of the most prestigious events in the world of fashion and horse racing – Royal Ascot. Let’s talk about some trends and ideas for creating a stylish look at this exciting event.
Hats are an integral part of Royal Ascot, and they can be true masterpieces. Instead of a regular hat, try something unique and sophisticated. Think of large flowers, feathers, and unusual shapes; envision your hat as a peace of art that adorns your head and catches everyone’s attention.
Playing with colours: if you ever wanted to experiment with colours then Royal Ascot is a great place to do so. Choose a vibrant and sophisticated suit that vividly reflects your style.
Enchanting gown: Nothing accentuates your femininity better than an elegant dress at Royal Ascot. Choose a style that flatters your figure and captures attention. For example, a floor-length dress with lace or chiffon will create an unforgettable look that exudes luxury.
Retro-inspired charm: Royal Ascot always showcases hints of retro style, adding a special charm to the event. Go for an elegant suit or dress inspired by the fashion of the 1950s or 1960s. Add accessories that match the style.
Uniqueness in details: Details matter at Royal Ascot. Try incorporating unexpected elements into your outfit, such as embellished gloves or a pearl belt. Those small additions will give your attire a distinct charm and make you a spotlight.
Statement footwear: Don’t forget about choosing footwear that complements your look beautifully. Select shoes with unique heels or adorned with stones or sparkles.
Complimentary accessories: Remember to accessorize with refined pieces that enhance your style. Large pendant earrings, rings with precious gemstones and luxurious bracelets willgive your ensemble a final touch.
Gentlemen at Royal Ascot always remember such things:
Refined details: Details make the outfit special. Add charm and sophistication to your look with precious accessories, such as silk ties. Choose accessories that complement your style and status.
The suit should fit perfectly, and the shirt cuffs should be subtly visible under the jacket sleeves. Don’t forget about the proper fit of trousers and the refinement of details that make the entire ensemble elegant.
Classic colours: Black, grey, and dark blue look elegant and stylish. They are suitable for any formal event, including Royal Ascot.
Visit a barber or ensure that you have a stylish haircut and a well-groomed beard. Don’t forget about a manicure and clean shoes to finalize the image of a true gentleman.
A high-quality watch is not just an accessory but an essential part of your style. Choose a watch that reflects your personality and complements your outfit. It can be a classic Swiss watch or a model with a stylish design.
A tie is an important accessory in every man’s wardrobe. Choose a tie that complements your suit. Remember that style is not just about appearance but also about mannerisms.
The Village Enclosure is a modern and energetic area that offers a more casual atmosphere. Here you will find various entertainment options, fashionable stands, and restaurants with sophisticated cuisine. Dressing for the Village Enclosure can be done in a relaxed style, including stylish dresses, trousers, shirts, and sportswear. This area welcomes fashion experiments and is open to everyone.
It’s important to remember the balance in your style. Don’t overdo it with accessories or bright colours, but also avoid an overly conservative look.
Hold yourself confidently and remember that Royal Ascot is a special event. Enjoy the atmosphere, interact with other guests, and immerse yourself in the horse racing. Royal Ascot is a combination of style, elegance, and uniqueness.