Wondering what to wear to Ascot? Well ponder no more as I have some tips to get you dress code ready for all the enclosures. Royal Ascot is Britain’s most valuable race event, attracting many of the world’s finest racehorses to compete for more than £7.3m in prize money. Each year the event is broadcast to audiences around the world, yet to experience it in person is something altogether more special.
From the arrival of the Royal Procession at 2pm sharp to the communal singing around the Bandstand, with six top-class races between, each of the five days is unforgettable. There is a choice of four enclosures each with its own individual character.
My ensemble is for the Royal Enclosure and this beautiful bright fuchsia dress with the beaded details that I purchased a few years ago from Ted baker. I originally wore it to my sisters wedding, it’s the perfect dress to bring out of the closet for Royal Ascot. A simple midi dress with capped sleeves with these gorgeous beads around the neck line. The dress zips up at the back and comes in the traditional Ted Baker rose gold colour.
Next I opted for this fuchsia mini hat which just meets the requirements of the dress code when it comes to hats in the Royal Enclosure. The base comes in at 14cm which is well within the minimum 10cm diameter. This hat reminds me so much of the Mad Hatter from Alice In Wonderland, the mini version of course! It has black trimming and a black butterfly on one side made out of beads. I bought this from Accessorize at the same time as my dress.
As for my shoes after much thought and deliberation I went for these black shoe boots with lace-ups from Kurt Geiger. They go wonderfully with this outfit, however the only problem would be that the heels will dig into the grass a little. Of course they can be changed for a pair of shoes with a blocked heel.
Onto my accessories and to this silver encrusted clutch from LK Bennet. A decent size clutch which fits my iPhone, lipstick and any other small items I may need. The silver just breaks up the fuchsia and black and gives the whole look another dimension.
Now to my sunglasses and these are in the cat-eye style from Asos. So here’s me being hopeful that the sun will be shining bright. But I really don’t need an excuse to wear sunglasses. I will wear them regardless if its sunny or not, it helps with tired eyes! My watch is a gold Vintage Gucci which ties in with the gold buckles on my shoes.
Finally for the finishing touches makeup is kept to a minimal and for some colour on my lips I have decided to wear Red Velvet from Lime Crime Velvetines on top of Teddy bear. Therefore the red is rather muted then it would have been had I worn it on its own. My nails are in Alpine Snow from OPI, love white nails during the summer months.
Here are the dress codes for the enclosures and few suggestion as to what to wear to Ascot:
1.Royal Enclosure dress code;
So lets start of with the Royal Enclosure, you are expected to dress in formal daywear. Dresses and skirts should be of modest length defined as falling just above the knee or longer. All dresses and tops should have straps of one inch or greater. Jackets and pashminas may be worn but dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Royal Enclosure dress code.
Trouser suits are welcome. However, they should be of full-length to the ankle and of matching material and colour. Jumpsuits are welcome too. They should also be of full-length to the ankle, with regulations matching that for dresses. Hats should be worn, however a headpiece which has a solid base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat.
You are not permitted to wear strapless, off the shoulder, one shoulder, halter neck, sheer, bardot and spaghetti straps in the Royal Enclosure. Of course midriffs must be covered. Fascinators are not permitted, neither are headpieces which do not have a solid base covering a sufficient area of the head (4 inches/10cm) as mentioned before. I know they are very strict with their dress code and if you do not comply you will not be let in.
2.Queen Ann Enclosure dress code;
Within the Queen Anne Enclosure you are expected to dress for a formal occasion. Therefore, you are expected to wear a hat, headpiece or a fascinator at all times. Strapless or sheer strap dresses and tops are not permitted. Again no off the shoulder, bardot style and one shoulder dresses. If you are going for trouser suits and jumpsuits they must be full-length and worn with a top that meets guidelines similar to the dresses. Midriffs must be covered and shorts are not permitted.
Village Enclosure dress code;
In the Village Enclosure the dress code is similar to that of the Queen Ann enclosure. Most noteworthy you must wear a hat, headpiece or fascinator at all times. The dresses can not be strapless or have a sheer top. No off the shoulder, bardot style and one shoulder dresses. In addition trouser suits and jumpsuits must be full-length and worn with a top that adheres to the guidelines mentioned before. Shorts are not permitted and midriffs must be covered.
Windsor Enclosure dress code;
As for the Windsor Enclosure you are requested to dress in formal wear. In this enclosure you can wear a hat or a fascinator. However, no fancy dress, novelty and branded/promotional clothing are allowed.
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Dress: Ted Baker similar here (@Karen Millen)
Shoes: Kurt Geiger similar here (@Kurt Geiger)
Clutch: LK Bennett similar here (@Accessorize)
Mini Hat: Accessorize
Nail Polish: OPI Alpine Snow
Lipstick: Lime Crime Velvetines
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