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Royal Ascot Dress Code - What You Should/Shouldn't Wear

Posted: Jun 16 2015

Royal Ascot is one of the world’s most prestigious sporting events. With a traditional dress code you might find yourself stuck for something to wear…..
Luckily this year the Royal Ascot have created their own 2015 official dress code so you can show off your style while still adhering to their fabulous formal traditions.
Still stuck on what to wear? Read these Royal Ascot dress code do’s and don’ts as they will help you decide on what you should/shouldn't wear.

The Dress do’s

  • Dresses and skirts should be of modest length defined as falling just above the knee or longer.
  • Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch or greater.
  • Summer Jackets for dresses and pashminas may be worn, but the dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Royal Enclosure dress code of having one inch or thicker straps.
  • Trouser suits are welcome. They should be full length and of matching material and colour. They must be worn with a top that adheres to the guidelines of not being strapless or sheer.
  • Hats should be worn; a headpiece which has a base of four inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat.
  • A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times.
  • Jackets and pashminas may be worn but dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Grandstand Admission dress code.

The Dress do nots

  • Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not permitted in the Royal Enclosure.
  • In the Grandstand, strapless or sheer strap (i.e.see-through plastic type straps) dresses and tops aren’t permitted.
  • Midriffs must be covered.
  • Fascinators are no longer permitted in the Royal Enclosure; neither are headpieces which don’t have a base covering a sufficient area of the head (four inches / 10cm)
  • Shorts aren't permitted.


Remember is not to wear shoes that will be painful! Race days often include a lot of walking and standing so you want to make sure you’re comfortable. You might want to ditch your heels for a lower and more comfortable pair. 
One more thing to remember is the great British weather. Remember it can be very temperamental so take a stylish summer jacket to help stay warm.

Still need some help choosing an outfit? Check out some of our dresses for Ascot.

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