Dressing for Royal Ascot: a style guide

Not only is Royal Ascot one of the most exciting racing events, it’s also a highlight for fashionistas and the perfect excuse to get dressed up!

If you’re going to Royal Ascot this year — which takes place from 20th June – 24th June—Daniel Footwear is on-hand to help. The FitFlop flats retailer has created this guide to dressing for Royal Ascot and navigating the many strict dress codes.

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Dressing for the Royal Enclosure

The Royal Enclosure has the strictest of all dress codes. If you’ve secured a place there, you’ll need to wear formal daywear, like a sophisticated dress or full-length trouser suits. However, you’ll need to follow these rules:

  • Dresses must be knee length or longer
  • Straps on tops and dresses must have straps that are 1-inch wide or larger
  • Hats must be worn, although headpieces are allowed if their base is 10cm or greater in diameter

When dressing, you’ll need to avoid:

  • Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck, spaghetti strap or midriff-baring styles
  • Headpieces with a smaller than 10cm diameter

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Dressing for the Queen Ann Enclosure

Spectators in the Queen Ann Enclosure should wear formal dress, with a hat, fascinator or headpiece at all times. Again, trousers must be full length. You should avoid:

  • Strapless or sheer detailing
  • Shorts
  • Showing your midriff

Windsor Enclosure

The Windsor Enclosure has the most relaxed of all of the dress codes, however formal wear still stands. A dress is a great choice, as it remains feminine yet sophisticated. Of course, a neon number with cut outs and sheer detailing might be a bit much — keep it classic in florals and soft colours, perfect for the summer!

If you do choose florals, you have a wide colour palette to choose from when it comes to your shoes and accessories. Pick out a colour and carry it throughout to bring your entire look together.

As you’ll likely spend a lot of your time standing, it’s a good idea to stay away from sky-scraping stilettos. Instead, choose a pair of mid-height heels — they’re more formal than flats and will still keep your feet comfortable. Don’t forget your hat or fascinator!

Have you ever been to Ascot?

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