With over 300 years of history and tradition, Royal Ascot has become as much a fashion spectacular as it is a race meeting. This quintessentially British event adheres to a strict dress code with particular requirements for each enclosure. Here are some inspirational style ideas for what to wear for each enclosure, ensuring you are event ready.
The Windsor Enclosure
The Windsor Enclosure is the most relaxed when it comes to dress code. The rules indicate that ladies are requested to dress in a formal manner, with a hat or fascinator recommended. Opt for the effortlessly elegant Beach Flower Wide-Legged Trouser or Silver Silk Palazzo Trouser. These are both stylish and comfortable. Brighten up your outfit with a colourful blouse such as the Silk Bow Blouse in Pale Pink or the Classic Silk Top in Sky Blue. For a more sophisticated look, add a fascinator. Complete your outfit with a small shoulder bag and chunky heels – great for being on your feet all day.
The Queen Anne and Village Enclosure
The Queen Anne and Village Enclosure have very similar dress codes. Ladies are encouraged to dress in a formal manner, with dresses below the knee and a hat or fascinator should be worn. Wear the Pink Beach Flower Silk Maxi Dress or Rose Silk Maxi Dress for an elegant ensemble. The delicate floral print gives an ultra-feminine look, while the length will keep it Ascot appropriate. Complete your look with a smart blazer to add structure and a fitted silhouette. Accessorise your outfit with a headpiece to match your dress. Pair with a plain white handbag and nude heels so all attention is kept on the beautiful blossom print.
The Royal Enclosure
The Royal Enclosure has the strictest rules regarding what to wear. These include dresses and skirts below the knee; dresses and tops should have straps of one inch or greater and hats or large headpieces should be worn. Update the traditional Ascot dress and choose a power pairing with a detailed skirt and top. The Beach Flower Midi Skirt and Cotton Shirt in White or Silk Bow Blouse in Sky Blue will give you a sophisticated and chic outfit. Style with a flattering cropped jacket, colourful heels and a stylish clutch bag. As hats are a must in the Royal Enclosure, make a statement with a large embellished hat to compliment your outfit.