Royal Ascot Dress Code

Founded by Queen Anne in 1711, the Royal Ascot racecourse has steeped in tradition of British culture and is one of the most popular events of the sporting and social calendar. Since the annual attendance of Royal Ascot is nearly 300,000 people, you may want to ensure that you adhere to the Royal Ascot dress code to keep the event solemn, and your style polished and appropriate.

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Royal Ascot outfit

The Royal Ascot is an epitome of elegance for where the tradition keeps its charm through the most unusual and stylish hats of the racecourse attendees whether in an elegant old style or a modern version of feminine beauty. Also, hats and stylish headdresses are a form of expression showing the social status as the more sophisticated hat shows also a higher social rank that can be seen between Royal and others. Indeed, it’s the hats that make the difference.

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Both enclosures have strict dress codes which must be followed or else you can be refused for entrance. However, when it comes to footwear, keep your heels sensible whatever enclosure you are in as you will do a lot of walking. Stilettos and sky-high heels may be a great fashion statement, but the grassy areas on the Royal Ascot venue may only sink those heels making it very difficult to walk elegantly. And seeing an otherwise beautifully dressed woman staggering along carrying her shoes is not flattering.

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Keep in mind that the Grandstand Enclosure and Royal Ascot Enclosure have a very strict dress code. Though formalwear is strictly encouraged, you must also dress modestly and reputable. Your dresses and skirts should be of modest length for which the hemlines fall on the knees or longer and should also be of matching material and color. This formal event is not an occasion to show off your print mixing skills as well as edgy and rock-chic looks. Keep in mind that midriffs must also be covered and strapless and sheer outfits are not permitted. This means that crop tops, miniskirts, shorts, revealing tops, and plunging necklines are out of the equation. So, opt for more modest outfits for where your tops and dresses should have straps of two inch or greater. Women’s trousers are acceptable, but they must be in full length. Jackets may be worn but should still comply with the Royal Enclosure dress code.

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The most important accessory for the occasion is the hat, headpiece, or fascinator that should be worn at all times. However, since the Royal Enclosure is the most formal and elegant enclosure, fascinators are not permitted, but headpieces which have a base of 4 inches or more in diameter is acceptable as alternatives to a hat. Though hats may be removed within any enclosed external seating area within the Royal Enclosure Garden, the customization of top hats like colored ribbons or bands is not permitted in the Royal Enclosure.

The Royal Ascot is a wonderful occasion to show off your personality and signature style. Just keep in mind the formality of the event so you’ll always dress up in an appropriate but statement making looks.


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