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.


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


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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