What to wear to Royal Ascot 2017

Navigate the dress codes for each enclosure with our simple style guide

Above: a Royal Enclosure outfit. All images courtesy of the Royal Ascot Style Guide

Royal Ascot is one of the premier social events of the British summer Season – and it’s also a prime occasion for demonstrating your sartorial flair, as long as you abide by the dress codes for each enclosure. Scroll down for guidance on how to look your best, whatever your vantage point for watching the racing action.

The Royal Enclosure

The most formal of the enclosures, here the dress code is strict, requiring all guests to wear hats. However, with such a diverse range of milliners in Britain, dressing for this should be a pleasure. If you opt for a headpiece, make sure that it has a base of 10 centimetres (four inches) or more. Attire is expected to be modest; trouser suits and jumpsuits are now permitted, but must be full length, with jumpsuit straps being more than an inch wide. Similarly, dresses should have straps of the same width as jumpsuits; strapless styles are not permitted; and skirts should be long enough to reach below the knee or further.

Clockwise from left: coat dress, £1,600, Suzannah; dress, £2,235, Oscar de la Renta at Net-a-Porter; hat, £545, Emily London at Harvey Nichols; diamond earrings, £7,750, William & Son; handbag, £495, Aspinal of London at Harvey Nichols; pumps, about £333, Roger Vivier at Mytheresa

The Queen Anne & Village Enclosures

Guests at the Queen Anne and new Village enclosures must also observe a formal dress code, with strapless dresses and shorts not permitted. Fascinators or hats should be worn at all times but the regulations for size are relaxed, so you can have more fun with styles and designs. 

Clockwise from top left: headpiece, £750, Philip Treacy at Net-a-Porter; dress, £2,150, Dolce & Gabbana at Matches; pumps, £395, Salvatore Ferragamo at Harrods; ring, £8,600, Boodles at Harrods; clutch, £2,200, William & Son; sunglasses, £390, Fendi at Harvey Nichols

The Windsor Enclosure

Formal wear is not obligatory here, but racegoers are encouraged to wear smart clothes while still having fun with their attire. Flat shoes or block heels are best, as you will be confined to grass, but you can add character to an outfit with a handbag or a headband. 

Clockwise from top left: headband, £1,020, Gucci at Net-a-Porter; sunglasses, £150, William & Son; dress, £575, REDValentino at Matches; bangle, £5,500, Tiffany & Co; handbag, £1,285, Valentino at Mytheresa; pumps, £495, Jimmy Choo at Net-a-Porter



The Royal Ascot Millinery Collective 2017

Philip Treacy at Ritz Fine Jewellery

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