Royal Ascot starts on June 18 and we are in for five days of celebrities spotting, beautiful dresses and hat extravaganza. Of course, there are horse races involved too. This famous event is a highlight of the social calendar and has become a major fashion event with rather strict dress code. Dress code varies depending on which enclosure you have purchased your ticket for (ultra-smart ‘Royal Enclosure’ dictates morning suits for gentlemen, the ‘Windsor Enclosure’ is more casual and ‘recommends’ certain style) and each year Royal Ascot refreshes their fashion requirements.
· Dresses and skirts must be knee length
· Jumpsuits and long trousers suits are allowed (no shorts please)
Do not wear strapless styles
The Royal Enclosure requires "dresses/tops to have straps of one inch or greater."
All those fashionable off-the-shoulder styles are a no-go zone across all enclosures.
Fascinators are not allowed
Royal Enclosure - Most fascinators will no longer be accepted and your hat must have a solid base of 4 inches (10cm) or more.
Village or Queen Anne Enclosure – no rules on headgear size
Windsor Enclosure – hat or fascinator is recommended but not a requirement
Royal Enclosure – colour is not allowed and only grey or black morning suits and top hats are allowed.
Queen Anne Enclosure - your jacket and trousers must be of the same colour and pattern, and you must wear a tie.
Village Enclosure - there is no rule that your jacket needs to match your trouser and bow ties/cravats are also permitted.
Jeans are not allowed and you must wear socks.