Royal Ascot starts on the 19th of June with a whole five days of horse racing, star-spotting and elegant style.
Normally attended by royals, Ascot is considered the most sartorially superior event in the racing calendar thanks to its strict dress code.
So, whether you’re in the Windsor or Royal Enclosure, here’s this year’s Ascot style guide for women.
1) Dresses and skirts must be knee length
No matter which enclosure you’re in, to be safe, make sure your ensemble falls below the knee, or just above.
This is a must for the majority of the enclosures, but the more casual Windsor Enclosure does state: “While no formal dress code applies here, we encourage racegoers to dress for the occasion” In plain speak, that’s smart attire and hats are strongly suggested.
It’s also worth stating that fancy dress, replica shirts, novelty and branded clothing are also not allowed on site.
2. Jumpsuits are now allowed
Last year Ascot made the surprise decision to allow jumpsuits for the first time
“The inclusion of jumpsuits as part of the Royal Enclosure dress code recognises our customers’ fashion-forward taste and reflects our awareness of seasonal trends” said Julie Slot, Commercial Director at Ascot.
However, you must make sure that the design is full-length and, naturally, no midriff should be on show.
3. Suits can be worn
Suits in matching material and colour, full length to the ankle.
4. Do not wear strapless styles
Those off-the-shoulder styles which are a current fashion trend can’t be worn, as well as halter necks, spaghetti straps and sheer straps are not permitted.
Ascot has strict policies about straps, and whether it’s a top, jumpsuit or dress, it cannot be a strapless silhouette.
5. Fascinators are NOT allowed
This year Ascot has stepped up their hat game, meaning that most fascinators will no longer be allowed in the Royal Enclosure.
The rules state that those in the top tiered enclosure must wear a headpiece “which has a solid base of 4 inches (10cm) or more”.
However, if you are in the Village, Queen Anne or Windsor enclosure, there is no stipulation of headgear size, however, whatever is on your head still has to be worn at all time