Whether you've been every year (because like myself you grew up in Surrey) 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 2015, by British stylist Martha Ward, 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 trouser suits are welcome, though colour and material must match.
Robyn 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.
Ascot says… A hat, head piece or fascinator should be worn at all times, midriffs must be covered and shorts are not permitted.
Robyn says… Always opt for a hat or headpiece rather than a fascinator, there are some killer hat designers out there. One of my favourites Laura Apsit Livens.
The Silver Ring:
Ascot says… Please note that fancy dress, novelty and branded/promotional clothing are not allowed on site.
Robyn 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.
Robyn's favourite 3 hats from The Ascot Collective (featuring individual pieces from renowned milliners Stephen Jones, Philip Treacy, Piers Atkinson, Noel Stewart, Rachel Trevor Morgan and William Chambers)...