A day at Royal Ascot is a the time where you can really go all out on what you wear, whether you’re planning on going for an elegant less is more look or making a statement with a flamboyant fascinator – it’s all part of the days experience.


We expect ‘what to wear’ has been on your mind for some time, so here is our guide on the do’s and dont’s of your attire.



  • Dresses and skirts should be of a modest length, falling just above the knee or longer.
  • Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch or larger.
  • Jackets and pashminas can be worn but dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Royal Enclosure dress code.
  • You can wear a trouser suit however they need to be of full length to the ankle and in the same matching material and colour (no colour or print clashing ladies!).
  • Jumpsuits can also be worn; they again need to be of full length to the ankle and must comply with the rules for dresses.
  • Hats must be worn, however, a fascinator which has a solid base of 4 inches (10 cm) or more is also acceptable if you’re not a hat person.


So, it’s important to remember:

  • Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are strictly not permitted.
  • Midriffs must be covered
  • Headpieces must have a  4 inch (10 cm) solid base

Shoes: Lavinia



It is recommended that ladies wear the following:

  • Smart attire
  • Hat or fascinator


Shoes: Zarah 
Handbag: Viki



  • A hat, fascinator or headpiece should be worn at all times throughout the event.
  • Strapless dresses and tops are not permitted – this includes off the shoulder, bardot style and one shoulder dresses/tops.
  • Trouser suits and jumpsuits can be worn but must be full length and with a top which adheres to the guidelines above.
  • Midriffs must be covered
  • Shorts are not permitted


Shoes: Billie
Handbag: Diane


Watch Royal Ascot's full style guide video here.


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