How to dress for Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot is not only one of the highlights of the racing calendar, but also a celebration of fashion. But, while guests are encouraged to showcase their individuality, it’s vital attendees adhere to the Royal Meeting’s all-important dress code. And its rich history and traditional fanfare therefore makes for a complicated dress code, particularly as the rule book changes every year. To help visitors choose their perfect outfit, Ascot has launched its annual Royal Ascot Style Guide. This year’s guide has a strong focus on sustainable fashion, from clothing brands putting ethical and green values at the top of their brand values, to reselling sites that are breathing new life into the pre-loved sector. Textures and block colours are predicted to be key trends not only for the coming spring/summer season, but amongst racegoers at the prestigious event.

Here are some rules to help you avoid mistakes.


Ladies are kindly reminded that formal daywear 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. Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not permitted. Dresses and tops with sheer straps and sleeves

are also not permitted.

• Jackets and pashminas may be worn. Tops and dresses underneath should still comply with the Royal Enclosure Dress Code. Midriffs must be covered.

• Trouser suits are welcome. They should be of full-length to the ankle and of matching material

and colour.

• Jumpsuits are welcome. They should fall below the knee, with regulations matching that for dresses and tops.

• Hats should be worn; however, a headpiece which has a solid base of 4 inches (10 cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative.


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