What To Wear For The Royal Ascot
Updated: Jun 7, 2018
Ascot holds a number of high profile races throughout the year. However, the most prestigious and well-attended event of the season is the Royal Ascot. This five day of horse racing, star-spotting and elegant style kicks off on June 19, 2018.
The event attracts around 300,000 visitors every year. It comprises of eighteen group races and offers nearly £7.3m in prize money. There are four enclosures each with an individual character and slightly different dress code rules: Royal Enclosure, Village Enclosure, Windsor Enclosure, and Queen Anne. The Queen and members of the Royal Family are regular attendees of the event. The event is synonymous with elegance, grace and sophistication, with guests required to abide by certain fashion rules.
Although, there are many regulations when it comes to what to wear to the event, the Royal Ascot still continues to recognise key trends in fashion, thus incorporating them into their fashion guidelines. So as you gear up to attend this year’s Royal Ascot, here are some tips on what to wear to such a prestigious and sartorial affair:
Dresses or Skirts That Are Knee Length
Regardless of your decision to wear a dress or a skirt, one thing remains the same – it must be knee length for it to be acceptable for the event. No mini skirts or shorts allowed and if you plan on something shorter, the hemline cannot be shorter than right above your knee.
A Hat or Headpiece Must Be Worn At All Times
Make sure you find a complementary hat for your outfit if you plan on attending in June. Note that fascinators aren’t allowed anymore in the Royal Enclosure. Those in the top-tier enclosure have to wear either a hat or a headpiece which “has a solid base of 4 inches or more in diameter” as an alternative to a hat. However, if you’re in the Windsor, Village or Queen Anne enclosure, fascinators or any size headpiece is allowed, and you are required to wear them at all times.
Jumpsuits and Trouser Suits are Allowed
Since the event is trying to keep with today’s fashion trends, they now allow jumpsuits and full length trouser suits to be worn to the Royal Ascot. This new fashion regulation just started last year and this is a huge jump forward for those looking to wear something other than a dress or skirt.
No Strapless Dresses
Besides dresses at knee’s length, you’re not allowed to wear off-the-shoulder styles to this prestigious event. Spaghetti straps, halter necks and sheer straps area also not allowed at the Royal Ascot. Even if you wear a jacket or a pashmina, dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the overall dress code.
Shorts, Fancy Dress, Novelty and Branded / promotional clothing are not allowed on site.
Royal Enclosure: Gentlemen are required to wear either black or grey morning dress which must include: A waistcoat and tie (no cravats), a black or grey top hat, black shoes worn with socks
Other Enclosures: Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket, full-length trousers, collared shirt and tie. Jeans and trainers are not permitted.
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