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Find the perfect Ascot-appropriate dress


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  • If you’re heading to Royal Ascot this year (20–24 June, 2023) but haven’t yet sorted your outfit and need a bit of inspiration, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up a selection of dresses for Royal Ascot that adhere to the dress code – correct length, suitable necklines and straps.

    What’s the dress code at Royal Ascot?

    Of course, depending on which enclosure you’re in, the dress code is slightly different – but as this race meeting is a chance to get your glad rags on we think it’s nice to really make an effort and go all-out smart with a hat suitable for Royal Ascot and dress like you’ve been invited to spend a day with royalty.

    In the most strict enclosure, dresses and skirts should be just above the knee or longer. Straps should be at least one inch thick – strapless, off-the-shoulder, bardot and halter-neck styles are not permitted. Sheer straps and sleeves should be avoided, too. In most enclosures an open-back style is permitted as long as the straps meet the dress code. Trouser suits and jumpsuits are also allowed, too, providing they meet the dress code regulations. If you’re at all unsure, here’s our guide to navigating the full Royal Ascot dress code.

    Dresses suitable for Royal Ascot

    blue Karen Millen dress for Ascot

    Karen Millen Pleat Detail Petal Print Woven Midaxi Dress

    Sizes: UK 6–16 | RRP: £169 |

    In the UK? View now at karenmillen.com

    Phase Eight yellow dress for Ascot

    Phase Eight Petra Pleat Wrap Midi Dress

    Colours: Yellow or pink | Sizes: UK 6–20 | RRP: £139 |

    In the UK? View now at johnlewis.com, phase-eight.com or next.co.uk

    Coast Twist Midi Dress

    Coast Twist Midi Dress

    Colours: Raspberry, blush, navy or black | Sizes: UK 8–18 | RRP: £149 |

    In the UK? View now at coastfashion.com

    Phase Eight red dress for Ascot

    Phase Eight Phoebe Frill Maxi Dress

    Colours: Red, powder pink or lime | Sizes: UK 8–26 | RRP: £139 |

    In the UK? View now at johnlewis.com or phase-eight.com

    Hobbs Carly Floral Midi Dress

    Sizes: UK 6–22 | RRP: £169 |

    In the UK? View now at johnlewis.com or hobbs.com

    Jolie Moi Sylvie Midi Dress

    Sizes: UK 8–18 | RRP: £60 |

    In the UK? View now at johnlewis.com 

    Jolie Moi Sylvie Midi Dress

    Colours: Hot pink, coral, blue, yellow or taffy pink | Sizes: UK 8–20 | RRP: £60 |

    In the UK? View now at johnlewis.com 

    Boohoo orange twist dress

    Boohoo Satin Twist Midaxi Dress

    Colours: Mandarin or champagne | Sizes: UK 8–18 | RRP: £30 |

    In the UK? View now at boohoo.com 

    Whistles Lines Adeline Dress

    Whistles Wiggly Lines Adeline Dress

    Sizes: UK 4–20 | RRP: £179 |

    In the UK? View now at whistles.com 

    LK Bennett Thea Meadow Ruffle Dress

    LK Bennett Thea Meadow Ruffle Dress

    Sizes: UK 6–20 | RRP: £329 |

    In the UK? View now at lkbennett.com 

    Hobbs Evelyn

    Hobbs Evelyn Pleated Dress

    Sizes: UK 6–20 | RRP: £189 |

    In the UK? View now at johnlewis.com, hobbs.com or marksandspencer.com

    LKB Freud yellow dress

    LK Bennett Freud Tie Neck Dress

    Sizes: UK 6–20 | RRP: £279 |

    In the UK? View now at lkbennett.com 

    ASOS high neck red dress for Ascot

    ASOS Design High Neck Pencil Dress

    Sizes: UK 6–18 | RRP: £60 |

    In the UK? View now at asos.com 

    Chi Chi London Floral Midi Dress

    Chi Chi London Floral Midi Dress

    Sizes: UK 6–26 | RRP: £62 |

    In the UK? View now at chichiclothing.com 

    Hobbs green dress for the races

    Hobbs Carly Spot Midi Dress

    Sizes: UK 6–22 | RRP: £169 |

    In the UK? View now at johnlewis.com or hobbs.com

    Ted Baker Lounia Midi Dress for Royal Ascot

    Ted Baker Lounia Midi Dress

    Colours: Lilac, navy or white | Sizes: UK 6–16 | RRP: £175 |

    In the UK? View now at tedbaker.com or johnlewis.com

    Coast organza dress for Ascot

    Coast 3D Organza Dress

    Sizes: UK 8–18 | RRP: £329 |

    In the UK? View now at coastfashion.com

    Reiss Ivy dress for Royal Ascot

    Reiss Ivy Midi Dress

    Sizes: UK 4–16 | RRP: £178 |

    In the UK? View now at reiss.com

    Reiss Livvy Midi Dress for Royal Ascot

    Reiss Livvy Midi Dress

    Sizes: UK 4–16 | RRP: £228 |

    In the UK? View now at reiss.com

    Coast Stripe Jacquard Midi Dress for Royal Ascot

    Coast Stripe Jacquard Midi Dress

    Sizes: UK 8–18 | RRP: £129 |

    In the UK? View now at coastfashion.com

    Coast Floral Satin Pleated Dress for Royal Ascot

    Coast Floral Satin Pleated Dress

    Sizes: UK 8–18 | RRP: £179 |

    In the UK? View now at coastfashion.com

    Karen Millen Embellished Stretch Woven Midi Dress for Royal Ascot

    Karen Millen Embellished Stretch Woven Midi Dress

    Colours: Pink or white | Sizes: UK 6–16 | RRP: £299 |

    In the UK? View now at karenmillen.com


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