Radiant Royal Ascot – while Following the Dress Codes

As the most famous of the racing festivals, this is the place to show off your fabulous fashion flair. But take heed; there are dress codes to adhere in all of the enclosures.


Royal Enclosure

Dress code in the Royal Enclosure is formal daywear.

The length of dresses and skirts should fall just above the knee or longer.

The straps on dresses, jumpsuits and tops have to be one inch wide or greater.  Strapless, off the shoulder, one shoulder style, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not permitted (even if worn under a jacket). Midriffs must be covered.

Trouser suits are permitted but the trousers must be full length and of matching colour, pattern and material to the jacket. Jumpsuits are also permitted but should fall below the knee and its straps must adhere to the dress code for tops.

Hats or a substantial headpiece (with a solid base more than 10cm in diameter) must be worn at all times. Fascinators are not permitted if they have a base less than 10cm.


Shimmer in Malene Oddershedebach’s Epithet dress. Price £900.

Made in London using Italian silk blend Filcoupe jacquard fabric. The fabric was inspired by the idea of nature taking over our manmade world – ornate silver motifs, fading foliage and sheer organza-like patches.

Team with Charlotte (Violet) hat by Monique Lee. Price £160.

Queen Anne Enclosure

Dress and skirt lengths can be above the knee but shorts or playsuits are not permitted. Strapless, off the shoulder, one shoulder style and sheer straps are not permitted. Again midriffs must be covered.

Trouser suits must be full length and worn with a top that adheres to the above guidelines. Jumpsuits should fall below the knee and adhere to the neckline regulations.

Fascinators are permitted but all headwear must be worn at all times


Pretty in pastels with Anna Etter’s wraparound Elora dress. Price £209.

A combination of clean lines and soft tailoring inspired by the ’50s with a modern touch. Available via Wolf and Badger or via the Vienna-based brand’s own online shop.

Keep it light with the ivory Bellini dish hat from Hostie Hats. The hat has a wide angled sinamay base in ivory and is embellished with light denim, pink and cream flowers. Also available in several colour combinations. Price £229.

Village Enclosure

Although the dress code for the Village Enclosure is the same as the Queen Anne Enclosure (see above), it isn’t as formal. This is an enclosure with more of a party atmosphere providing an eclectic mix of music throughout the day until 9pm.

Look free spirited with a romantic edge in Mary Benson’s Anjelica Ditsy Dress. Price £200. The ditsy blue print design was completely hand illustrated by Mary herself.

Increase the fun style with the matching Sophia Ditsy bag with ruffle trim. Price £100.

As this enclosure is largely an outdoor area, a jacket is a good idea for the cooler evening. This dress has the matching Celia ditsy jacket in cotton satin with an organza trim.  Price £200.

Photography by William Martin.

Dazzle them in the electric blue Anemone fascinator by Sharper Millinery. A blue bubble of distressed crin bows and loops with a scattering of bold contrasting sunshine yellow anemones. Price £125.

Windsor Enclosure

With no set dress code, it is encouraged to dress in a manner that befits a formal occasion. It is recommended that ladies wear smart attire with a hat or fascinator.


Be the glamorous scarlet woman in Ukulele Fashion’s Harlow tomato red dress. Price £165.

A midi dress in delicate floral guipure lace with spaghetti straps, fitted cut out waist trim and partially lined in red jersey.  

Flamboyant Lady in Red with the Clapham fascinator from Hostie Hats. This large fascinator is made of ostrich feathers with a sinamay flower centre. Available in other colours. Price £149.

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