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Written By Clothes Doctor Admin 17 May 2019

Royal Ascot is a prestigious event in the British summertime calendar. Whilst it is of course a horse racing event, we eagerly await the vast display of fashion showcased here. Taking place from 18 to 22 June this year, Ascot is famous for its fashion since the early 19th century, and naturally the strict dress code outlined by the event reflects its elegance and tradition.

Juliet Slot (commercial director of Ascot) says, “Fashion and style are an integral part of the Royal Ascot experience for all of our customers.”

Each enclosure sports its own set of rules for dress, and has a unique style and atmosphere, so naturally attendees tailor their looks to match! And with one month to go until the event, it's time to plan your outfit. To give you a helping hand, we have created a 'Royal Ascot 2019 Style Guide' to inspire you in advance of the big event.

Royal Enclosure 

“If you’re feeling bold, start with your hat. Find something you love and that flatters your face – both colouring and shape – and build your outfit from there” - @pruewhite

If you are lucky enough to be invited to the Royal Enclosure this year, take note of the strict dress code. 

Formal daywear is a must for women, with dresses and skirts at a modest length or just above the knee. If you wish to wear a top, straps must be one inch or greater, and nothing strapless, off the shoulder or halterneck. For men, a black or grey morning suit is required, with a waistcoat, tie and top hat. Note that both men and women must wear a hat at all times.

Image by Royal Ascot

Our tip 

Despite the strict dress code, there is room to add personal style to your Ascot look! With trending styles for women ranging from caped jumpsuits to tailored two-pieces, a unique and fun outfit can easily be achieved. With our alterations service, you can replace standard buttons with a new, sassy and vibrant alternative. Or perhaps you want us to add a trim to your skirt for a chic but subtle personalisation. 

Queen Anne Enclosure 

Named after founder Queen Anne, this enclosure is the epicentre of the horse racing action. The style is a little more relaxed than the Royal Enclosure, so expect more colour and style. Although it is important to note that the dress code remains overall formal.

Women are required to wear a hat, headpiece or fascinator at all times, and strapless dresses and tops are not permitted. Again, trouser suits must be to the ankle in length and jumpsuits should fall below the knee. Men can choose a full-length suit with a collared shirt instead of morning dress, but tie, jacket and trousers must be of matching colour and pattern. A tie should be worn at all times and socks should be worn to cover the ankles.

Image by Royal Ascot

Our tip 

This strict code does not necessarily have to mean boring. The dress code here invites the possibility of a dress or top with thinner straps or an asymmetrical hemline, which would make for a more stylish and unique outfit, especially if paired with a fascinator rather than a hat. With our bespoke service, you could design and create your own headpiece with our team. Or, why not consider altering the hemline on an already worn dress? Our shorten dress/skirt/top service can help you get this look. 

Village Enclosure

“You need to feel like you. So stick to what you know. If you never wear heels in day-to-day life, don’t start at Ascot.” - @pruewhite

Launched in 2017, the Village Enclosure sports a less formal dress code, with a unique style and tempo amongst the enclosures. Women must wear a hat, headpiece or fascinator, along with a smart dress (not strapless), trouser suit, or jumpsuit. Again, trousers must be full-length, and jumpsuits should fall below the knee. It’s compulsory for men to wear a full-length suit with a collared shirt.

Image by Royal Ascot

Our tip

With less restrictions, women can wear midi or mini dresses or a prairie dress – not only is this on trend this summer, but cleverly reflects the traditional style of the event. Men are not limited to wearing a tie, so bow ties and cravats are on the cards. Contact our team to enquire about custom-made cravats, in any colour or print of your choice.  

Windsor Enclosure 

The Windsor enclosure invites an array of vibrant, colourful outfits. Whilst there is no official dress code outlined by Ascot, guests are encouraged to dress in smart daywear, and it is recommended that women wear a hat or fascinator.

Image by Royal Ascot

Our tip 

Be as experimental as you like here. Since statement bows and embellished headbands are on trend this summer, there’s no better occasion to don these styles than at Ascot. These can be custom-made by our team in any colour and fabric to match your outfit, so simply request a bespoke quote on our alterations page to complete your Ascot look.

Whilst you can’t ignore Ascot’s dress code, we hope to have proved that there is room for you to add a touch of personality and style to any outfit choice. From custom-made cravats and tailored suits, to embellished head bands and statement bows, we are on hand to make sure you are looking and feeling your best at Ascot this year. 

Book a consultation with one of our seamstresses today to find out how we can make your Ascot dreams come true!

Cover image by Fenwich.