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H&H’s last-minute guide to dressing for Royal Ascot


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  • If you’re lucky enough to be heading to Royal Ascot this year (15-19 June) but are yet to decide on your outfit, do not fear. H&H’s here to help with the ultimate guide to the Royal Ascot dress code for each enclosure — from the length of dresses, to the width of straps and what young racegoers should be wearing, too.

    While many racing fans dressed up for the occasion from home in 2020, this year the event forms part of the second phase of the Government’s Events Research Programme, with a capacity of 12,000 guests on each of the five days.

    Here’s a look at what (and what not) to wear if you’re attending this year…

    The Royal Enclosure dress code

    Ladies

    • Hats should be worn, however, a headpiece that has a solid base of four inches (10cm) or more in diameter is allowed as an alternative.
    • Dresses and skirts should be of “modest length”, which is defined as falling just above the knee or longer.
    • Straps on any dresses should be one inch thick or greater.
    • Jackets and pashminas are allowed, however, the dress underneath still needs to comply with the Royal Enclosure dress code.
    • Trouser suits are welcome but should be full length and both the material and colour should match.
    • Jump suits are allowed, but should fall below the knee and match the same strap regulations as dresses.

    What is not allowed?

    • No strapless outfits or anything that is “off the shoulder” or halter neck style. Spaghetti straps are a definite no in the Royal Enclosure.
    • Dresses or tops with sheer straps or sleeves.
    • Strictly no midriffs on show.
    • No fascinators or headpieces with a base measuring less than four inches in this enclosure.

    Gentlemen

    • Men must wear either black, navy or grey morning dress in the Royal Enclosure.
    • A waistcoat and a tie should be worn — no cravats or bow ties please.
    • Morning dress should be accompanied by a black or grey top hat, but customisation of top hats (coloured ribbon, for example) is not allowed.
    • Novelty waistcoats and ties are not permitted, but discreet patterns and those of a patriotic nature (for example, a national flag) are acceptable.
    • Men have to wear black shoes and socks that cover the ankle are a must.

    Children

    • Girls, aged 10-17, should dress in accordance with the ladies’ dress code, however, they can wear a fascinator as an alternative to a hat — no size restriction.
    • Boys, aged 10-17, should either dress in accordance with the gentlemen’s dress code or they can wear a dark-coloured lounge suit with a shirt and tie.

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    Queen Anne Enclosure dress code

    Ladies

    • Ladies are encouraged to dress in a manner appropriate for a formal occasion.
    • A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times.
    • Open-back styles are permitted as long as the dress or top isn’t strapless or have an off-the-shoulder or Bardot necklline.
    • Trouser suits and jumpsuits must be full length and must adhere with the dress neckline and strap regulations.

    What is not allowed?

    • No strapless or sheer strap dresses and tops – this includes off-the-shoulder, Bardot and one-shoulder styles.
    • Midriffs must not be on show.
    • Shorts are not permitted.

    royal ascot dress code

    Gentlemen

    • Men are required to wear a full-length suit with a shirt and tie.
    • Jackets and trousers should be of matching colour and pattern.
    • Ties should be worn at all times – bow ties and cravats are not permitted.
    • Socks covering the ankle must be worn.
    • Jeans, chinos and trainers are not permitted.

    Children

    • Girls, aged 17 and under, should be dressed for a formal occasion (smart summer dresses, for example).
    • Hats, headpieces or a fascinator may be worn but are not compulsory.
    • Boys, aged 10–17, should wear a suit or jacket with a shirt and a tie.
    • Younger boys, aged nine or under, should be dressed smartly but are not required to wear a jacket or tie.

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