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Your Ultimate Guide on What toWear to Royal Ascot: Outfit Ideas & Dress Code Tips

Hello fashionistas! As a personal stylist based in the UK, I'm thrilled to help you get race-day ready for one of the most prestigious events of the summer season – Royal Ascot 2024. Whether you're a first-timer or a seasoned attendee, nailing the perfect outfit is key to enjoying the glamour and tradition of this iconic British event. Let's dive into some fabulous styling tips and outfit ideas that will ensure you turn heads at the track.

Understanding the Royal Ascot Dress Code

Royal Ascot is renowned for its strict dress code, which varies depending on the enclosure you're attending. Let's break down the essentials:

The Royal Enclosure

  • Ladies: Dresses and skirts should fall just above the knee or longer. Strapless, off-the-shoulder, halter neck, and spaghetti straps are not permitted. A headpiece with a solid base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is required.

  • Gentlemen: Morning dress is a must, including a waistcoat and tie (no cravats), a black or grey top hat, and black shoes with socks.

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The Queen Anne Enclosure

  • Ladies: A hat, headpiece, or fascinator should be worn at all times. Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch or greater. Trouser suits are welcome, but they should be full length and of matching material and colour.

  • Gentlemen: A suit with a shirt and tie is required. No bow ties or cravats.

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The Village Enclosure

  • Ladies: Similar to the Queen Anne Enclosure, but with a slightly more relaxed vibe. Jumpsuits are allowed, provided they are full length and adhere to the same strap guidelines.

  • Gentlemen: A jacket, tie, and trousers are essential, but more color and personality can be shown in your choices.

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Ladies: Elegant and Chic Outfit Ideas

Classic Elegance

A midi-length dress in pastel or floral patterns is always a winner. Opt for a tailored fit that flatters your figure, and pair it with a wide-brimmed hat in a coordinating color. Add a pair of nude heels and a clutch for a timeless look.

Modern Sophistication

For a contemporary twist, choose a monochrome jumpsuit with clean lines. Complement it with a structured fascinator and bold accessories. Metallic shoes and a matching handbag can elevate the outfit to modern chic.

Bold and Beautiful

Don't be afraid to stand out with vibrant colors and patterns. A color-block dress or a bold floral print can make a strong style statement. Match your headpiece to one of the colors in your dress for a cohesive look, and add playful accessories to complete the ensemble.

Gentlemen: Dapper and Distinguished

Traditional Morning Dress

A black or grey morning coat with matching trousers is a classic choice for the Royal Enclosure. Add a waistcoat in a complementary color – light grey, buff, or even pastel shades work beautifully. Finish with a silk tie, polished black shoes, and, of course, a top hat.

Stylish Suits

For the Queen Anne and Village Enclosures, you have more freedom to experiment with colors and patterns. A well-fitted navy or grey suit paired with a crisp white shirt is a timeless option. Add a pop of color with your tie and pocket square. Don't forget the details – polished shoes and a classic watch can make all the difference.

Smart Separates

Mix and match a blazer and trousers for a stylish yet relaxed look. Opt for light fabrics to keep cool, and don't be afraid to play with patterns like checks or subtle stripes. A knitted tie and loafers can add a touch of modern flair.

Accessorizing Tips

  • Hats and Headpieces: Your hat or headpiece should complement your outfit without overwhelming it. Think about the balance and proportion to ensure it adds to your look.

  • Footwear: Comfort is key, as you'll likely be on your feet for much of the day. Choose stylish yet comfortable shoes – consider block heels or wedges for ladies and well-fitted, polished shoes for gentlemen.

  • Jewelry and Bags: Keep jewelry elegant and understated. A small clutch or handbag is ideal for carrying essentials without compromising your style.

Final Thoughts

Dressing for Royal Ascot is about blending tradition with personal style. Remember to adhere to the dress code while letting your personality shine through your outfit choices. With these tips and ideas, you're sure to look fabulous and enjoy every moment of this prestigious event. For more

Get in touch if you'd like help finding your perfect outfit for Ascot or any upcoming Summer events or head over to @styledbyhellana for more fashion tips and ideas. Happy styling and see you at the races xx

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