The wonderful time of year is here again, Royal Ascot! Yesterday I attended the first day of the 2018 races – the most fashionable racing event of the year, so of course I had to share with you what I wore, and share some tips to ensure that if you’re heading to Royal Ascot or any other racing event this Summer, you will be dressed perfectly for the occasion!
Let’s face it, none of us have time to be horsing around with our wardrobes (couldn’t resist, sorry) so here’s what you need to know if you’re planning on attending Royal Ascot.
For the Royal Enclosure, the following dress rules are enforced (trust me – I know this for a fact because I used to work as a Royal Ascot ‘Dress Code Assistant’ while I was at uni!!!) but are also ‘recommended’ for the Queen Anne enclosure (the biggest enclosure) as well.
Firstly; your skirt or dress should be of a modest length – this means just above the knee, or longer. I’d suggest playing it safe with a midi length dress – they’re far more elegant anyway! Your dress or top should have straps of one inch or greater, and halter necks and bardot style necklines are not allowed in the Royal Enclosure. Strictly speaking, the dress I’m wearing here could classify as a halter neck, so a dress code assistant would likely ask me to keep my jacket over my shoulders in the Royal Enclosure.
Trouser suits are welcome this year, as are jumpsuits, but the regulations are the same as for dresses when it comes to length and strap detail. Trouser suits should be ankle length, and of matching material and colour.
Finally, a hat must be worn in the Royal Enclosure with a base of 10cm or more – so no small fascinators!
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Will you be attending Royal Ascot this year?