The Ascot Styling Guide Decoded: What You Need To Know For The Races

The Ascot Styling Guide Decoded: What You Need To Know For The Races

Hot dress code tips, statement hats and what to wear where. InStyle's Junior Stylist Hannah Lewis looks at the Royal Ascot Style Guide 2017...

Whether you've been every year or it's your first time, Ascot is one of the iconic summer highlights of the British sporting and social calendar. What’s not to love about getting dressed up and having a glass of bubbles in the sun? As well as world-class racing, pageantry, high fashion (although not always in the Silver Ring) and fine dining, you can expect - on track - the best horses and total prize money across five days in excess of £5.3 million. Off track, those amazing hats, fascinators and dresses make for excellent people watching.

The Royal Ascot Style Guide 2017 has been created to help race-goers dress appropriately for the event - and to keep things chic. There are lots of rules to bear in mind... 

The Royal Enclosure:

Ascot says… Dresses and skirts should be of modest length, defined as falling just above the knee or longer, and straps should be of one inch or great.

Trouser suits are welcome, though colour and material must match. Jumpsuits are also welcome, but again make sure they're full length and the straps comply. Hats must be worn at all times, headpieces can be worn as an alternative but the base must be of 4 inches or more.

Hannah says… Trouser suits all the way – perfect for the modern yet chic woman. Choose a great colour like a deep berry or pastel. See the Ascot Style Guide for colour inspiration. 

Queen Anne Enclosure & Village Enclosure:

Ascot says… Strapless or sheer straps are not permitted.  A hat, head piece or fascinator should be worn at all times, midriffs must be covered and shorts are not permitted. 

Hannah says… Opt for a midi length wrap dress in a great print. There are so many great styles around at the moment, and they're sure to keep you feeling super chic. Choose a hat or headpiece rather than a fascinator, there are some killer hat designers out there. One of my favourites Laura Apsit Livens.

Windsor Enclosure:

Ascot says…  Please note that fancy dress, novelty and branded/promotional clothing are not allowed on site. 

Hannah says… Forget trying to stand out and keep it chic, cool and sophisticated. It's not Saturday night clubbing so embrace the Ascot experience and celebrate the dress code. 

If you're still after the perfect outfit, see our Race Day dress edit and team with one of our chosen fascinators. Still stuck? Fenwicks Bond street have the ultimate styling experience.....

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