Royal Ascot begins today and for most of us (me included), it will be experienced through media channels only. But one can dream right? So, what would you wear if you were attending? With an incredibly strict dress code depending on your seating area, each has its own criteria as to what can and cannot be worn.
• 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.
• Jackets and pashminas may be worn but dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Royal Enclosure dress code.
• Trouser suits are welcome. They should be of full-length to the ankle and of matching material and colour.
• Jumpsuits are welcome. They should 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 aceptable as an alternative to a hat.
• Strapless, off the shoulder, one shoulder, halter neck, sheer, bardot and spaghetti straps are not permitted. • 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).
Now that jumpsuits are approved as acceptable attire for the Royal Enclosure as of last season (yay!) this adds a fun, fresh option to the repertoire. The weather is pretty unpredictable at this time of year, so we’ve put together a few pieces we think are stunning whatever the weather!
AW&AB Silver Formal hat
Queen Anne Enclosure/Village Enclosure
• A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times. • Strapless or sheer strap dresses and tops are not permitted. Please note our definition of strapless includes off the shoulder, bardot style and one shoulder dresses. • Trouser suits and jumpsuits must be full-length and worn with a top that adheres to the guidelines above. • Midriffs must be covered. • Shorts are not permitted. Our styling pick for the Queen Anne Enclosure would be this gorgeous, gold hued ensemble.
AW&AB Nude Ladies Hair Fascinator
Though there isn’t a formal dress code for the Windsor Enclosure, ladies and gentlemen are requested to dress in a manner as befits a formal occasion. It is recommended that ladies wear smart attire with a hat or fascinator and gentlemen wear a jacket, shirt and long trousers. Fancy dress, novelty and branded / promotional clothing are not allowed on site.
This seating areas offers the perfect opportunity to have some real fun with your outfit and it’s definitely possible to dress the part without maxing out your credit card (and remortgaging the house), there are some gorgeous pieces available on the high street for a fraction of the price of the designer labels. The devil is in the details, and the right accessories can make your outfit look expensive, even when its not.
Why wear Perfect shoes?
You’ll also want to wear something comfortable, especially on your feet. Though you technically have a “seating” area, sitting is the last thing you want to be doing! There’s so much to see and sample (and celebrities to spot) if you stay glued to your seat, and you might as well have stayed at home and watched it on TV. Choose shoes that fit and provide additional cushioning to ensure you enjoy your day without pain caused by poor support and blisters. There’s nothing worse than standing on sore feet all day and all the shoes in our collection are designed with your comfort in mind and come with additional cushioning as standard on all of our styles.
Check out our current Perfect Occasions shoe collection. We will be massively expanding our occasion shoe offering for next season, we’ll keep you posted on all of our new styles for 2019 COMING SOON!
Maybe you can wear a pair when you attend Royal Ascot 2019?