Glamorous racegoers don statement hats as Royal Ascot gets underway

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Two friends were co-ordinated in green with one opting for a chic tiered number, while the other opted for a lighte shade with lace panels


It’s the jewel in the crown of the racing season when it comes to style, and Royal Ascot got off to a suitably fashionable start this morning – with a new, bolder dress code encouraging high glamour at the famous English meet.  

Seen by many as the calendar highlight of the British summer season, Royal Ascot has finally returned to its former, pre-pandemic glory – with attendees unhindered by Covid restrictions and encouraged to go all out in the sartorial stakes. 

Indeed, this year’s published Style Guide for the event, the eleventh of its kind, requests formality remains in the Royal Enclosure – but hints at a more relaxed approach elsewhere, suggesting exuberant occasion wear is positively encouraged in 2022. 

And early arrivals on Monday clearly got the memo – sporting a dazzling array of colourful outfits, with show-stopping statement hats and elegant headpieces taking centre stage. 

Although not attending, the Queen is likely to watch from Windsor Castle when her horse, King’s Lynn, races in the King’s Stand Stakes at 3.40pm this afternoon. 

Two friends were co-ordinated in green with one opting for a chic tiered number, while the other opted for a lighte shade with lace panels

Royal Ascot goes bold! Attendees on the first day of the English meet didn’t hold back in the style stakes, with these two friends plumping for green, with one opting for a chic tiered number, while the other picked a lighter shade with lace panels 

Bring on the bonnets: The style mantra for many of the first day's attendees appeared to be 'go bold', with one racegoers, Vivienne Jenner, showing off her fuschia and lemon headwear

Bring on the bonnets: The style mantra for many of the first day's attendees appeared to be 'go bold', with one racegoers, Vivienne Jenner, showing off her fuschia and lemon headwear

Bring on the bonnets: The style mantra for many of the first day’s attendees appeared to be ‘go bold’, with one racegoers, Vivienne Jenner, showing off her fuschia and lemon headwear

The colours of Ukraine's flag were woven into this lady on the left's look

The colours of Ukraine's flag were woven into this lady on the left's look

Blue and yellow made up the colour scheme of her headwear and dress

Blue and yellow made up the colour scheme of her headwear and dress

The colours of Ukraine’s flag were woven into this lady’s (left) look, with blue and yellow making up the colour scheme of her headwear and dress

Razzle dazzle 'em: Many of those arriving at the main spectators' enclosure opted for co-ordinating outfits - with these two friends choosing fiery reds for their headwear - and the same orange aviator shades

Razzle dazzle 'em: Many of those arriving at the main spectators' enclosure opted for co-ordinating outfits - with these two friends choosing fiery reds for their headwear - and the same orange aviator shades

Razzle dazzle ’em: Many of those arriving at the main spectators’ enclosure opted for co-ordinating outfits – with these two friends choosing fiery reds for their headwear – and the same orange aviator shades

Lemon and pink combined in a millinery swirl - and some co-ordinated shades - for this daring look worn by hatmaker Lisa Tan

Lemon and pink combined in a millinery swirl - and some co-ordinated shades - for this daring look worn by hatmaker Lisa Tan

As ever, headwear steals the Ascot show: Here, lemon and pink combined in a millinery swirl – and some co-ordinated shades – for this daring look worn by hatmaker Lisa Tan 

Milliner Lisa Tan wore a pink trouser suit

Milliner Lisa Tan wore a pink trouser suit

This lady also used swirling pink and yellow - matched with strappy cerise heels - to colourful effect

This lady also used swirling pink and yellow - matched with strappy cerise heels - to colourful effect

Milliner Lisa Tan wore a pink trouser suit while this lady, right, also used swirling pink and yellow – matched with strappy cerise heels – to colourful effect

The show-stopping black and yellow outfit turned heads on the first day of the five-day meet

The show-stopping black and yellow outfit turned heads on the first day of the five-day meet

This stylish reveller donned a 60s style lemon dress with a matching clutch bag - but it was the over-sized floral headwear that stole the show

This stylish reveller donned a 60s style lemon dress with a matching clutch bag - but it was the over-sized floral headwear that stole the show

The show-stopping black and yellow outfit turned heads on the first day of the five-day meet. This stylish reveller donned a 60s style lemon dress with a matching clutch bag – but it was the over-sized floral headwear that stole the show

Classic looks also featured alongside the bursts of colour, with this sophisticated duo donning traditional formal attire

Classic looks also featured alongside the bursts of colour, with this sophisticated duo donning traditional formal attire

Classic looks also featured alongside the bursts of colour, with this sophisticated duo donning traditional formal attire

A patriotic racing fan continued the Platinum Jubilee celebrations with this red, white and blue hat - and a pair of Union Jack sunglasses

A patriotic racing fan continued the Platinum Jubilee celebrations with this red, white and blue hat - and a pair of Union Jack sunglasses

The Union Jack covers this creative headpiece

The Union Jack covers this creative headpiece

Happy and glorious: Patriotic racing fans continued the Platinum Jubilee celebrations with red, white and blue hats

Platty Joobs makes it to Royal Ascot! Red, white and blue also featured as racegoers paid tribute to the Queen's 70th year

Platty Joobs makes it to Royal Ascot! Red, white and blue also featured as racegoers paid tribute to the Queen's 70th year

Platty Joobs makes it to Royal Ascot! Red, white and blue also featured as racegoers paid tribute to the Queen’s 70th year

Impact: Many chose for the boldest colour in the spectrum, with these friends both option for scarlet outfits

Impact: Many chose for the boldest colour in the spectrum, with these friends both option for scarlet outfits

Impact: Many chose for the boldest colour in the spectrum, with these friends both option for scarlet outfits

Among the most eye-catching looks on display was a reveller sporting a gargantuan lemon and black floral head piece, teamed with a 60s style yellow dress. 

Elsewhere, the catwalk included monochrome polka dots, flashes of fuschia and floating summer frocks in deep, emerald greens. Many of those arriving at the main spectators’ enclosure opted for co-ordinating outfits with pals too.

Amongst the racegoers was Princess Beatrice, wearing a beautiful belted tiered cream dress with neutral heels and a rustic-style hat, arriving on the arm of her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, who donned a sharp top hat and tails with a pink tie. 

The Queen will not attend Royal Ascot today as she misses out on the event amid her ongoing mobility issues – but there will be a procession featuring Prince Charles, Camilla and Peter Phillips in the first carriage.

Following behind in the second carriage will be the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent; while in the third carriage will be Princess Anne, the Queen’s close friend Lord de Mauley and former British Horseracing Authority head of stewarding William Nunneley with his wife Caroline.

In the fourth carriage at the procession – the details for which were revealed at noon today – will be the Earl and Countess of Hopetoun along with Tom Hooper and Lady Alexandra Hooper, who is also close with the royals.

Her Majesty was a regular at the Berkshire racecourse before the pandemic and has been at every Royal Meeting since acceding to the throne in 1952, apart from when it was held behind closed doors in 2020.

However the 96-year-old monarch will likely be watching from home just seven miles away at Windsor Castle this afternoon, especially when her horse King’s Lynn races in the King’s Stand Stakes at 3.40pm.

This floaty blue number cascaded in the breeze, with a shock of feathered pink headwear finishing the look

This floaty blue number cascaded in the breeze, with a shock of feathered pink headwear finishing the look

A bubblegum blue dress hits the mark with an extravagant matching floral hat in pinks, blues and purples

A bubblegum blue dress hits the mark with an extravagant matching floral hat in pinks, blues and purples

This floaty blue number cascaded in the breeze, with a shock of feathered pink headwear finishing the look. Right: A bubblegum blue dress hits the mark with an extravagant matching floral hat in pinks, blues and purples

Princess Beatrice, wearing a beautiful belted tiered cream dress with neutral heels and a rustic-style hat, arrives at the event with her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, who donned top hat and tails with a pink tie

Princess Beatrice, wearing a beautiful belted tiered cream dress with neutral heels and a rustic-style hat, arrives at the event with her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, who donned top hat and tails with a pink tie

Princess Beatrice, wearing a beautiful belted tiered cream dress with neutral heels and a rustic-style hat, arrives at the event with her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, who donned top hat and tails with a pink tie

Wearing a ochre-coloured dress strewn with daisies, the racing fan turned heads as she arrived for day one this morning

Wearing a ochre-coloured dress strewn with daisies, the racing fan turned heads as she arrived for day one this morning

This year's dress code is thought to encourage more adventurous looks

This year's dress code is thought to encourage more adventurous looks

Wearing a ochre-coloured dress strewn with daisies, the racing fan turned heads as she arrived for day one this morning  

Flower power: This reveller ensured her dress was in harmony with the racing green of the course

Flower power: This reveller ensured her dress was in harmony with the racing green of the course

Flower power: This reveller ensured her dress was in harmony with the racing green of the course

Monochrome magic!

Monochrome magic!

Monochrome magic! Black and white also featured in the colour scheme for day one attendees

This racegoer dons a delicate halo of scallop-shaped metallics - reflecting her pink dress

This racegoer dons a delicate halo of scallop-shaped metallics - reflecting her pink dress

This racegoer dons a delicate halo of scallop-shaped metallics – reflecting her pink dress

Bring on the colour! Performers The Tootsies sported matching dresses by the Pretty Dress Company, with hats by Sarah Cant

Bring on the colour! Performers The Tootsies sported matching dresses by the Pretty Dress Company, with hats by Sarah Cant

Bring on the colour! Performers The Tootsies sported matching dresses by the Pretty Dress Company, with hats by Sarah Cant

Some employees working at the festival wore equally dramatic attire; this duo donned gold outfits - and pairs of stilts - as the first day got underway

Some employees working at the festival wore equally dramatic attire; this duo donned gold outfits - and pairs of stilts - as the first day got underway

Some employees working at the festival wore equally dramatic attire; this duo donned gold outfits – and pairs of stilts – as the first day got underway

The Queen, who has owned 22 winners of races at Royal Ascot, was among racegoers attending last year after it was selected to take part in the Government’s events research programme on behalf of the sport of racing.

Plenty of fans adopted a patriotic theme too, to ensure the Platinum Jubilee celebrations continue, with red, white and blue incorporated into their outfits for the day.

Racegoers have long been accustomed to dressing to impress for Royal Ascot – but this year, the annual event appears to be encouraging guests to be more daring than ever with their outfit choices.

This year’s Royal Ascot Style Guide, which is the eleventh of its kind, is keen to demonstrate to racing followers around the world that British fashion houses can help those attending the Royal Meeting is about looking your best.

Meanwhile it also appears to encourage racegoers to embrace a more ‘casual’ look at the event, with female models posing in mini dresses and platform heels, while men are permitted to wear Cuban shirts and printed garments.

Attendees in the Royal Enclosure are required to wear a ‘modest’ hemline, however elsewhere in the guide it appears sky-high mini skirts may be permitted in other enclosures.

Summer dresses were the order of the day for many arriving at the Berkshire course: Racegoer Bianca Richards opted for a cream dress with red ditsy flowers - and a matching apricot headpiece

Summer dresses were the order of the day for many arriving at the Berkshire course: Racegoer Bianca Richards opted for a cream dress with red ditsy flowers - and a matching apricot headpiece

Summer dresses were the order of the day for many arriving at the Berkshire course: Racegoer Bianca Richards opted for a cream dress with red ditsy flowers – and a matching apricot headpiece

Cameras at the ready: A group of stylishly dressed ladies take photos of the racecourse ahead of the action this afternoon

Cameras at the ready: A group of stylishly dressed ladies take photos of the racecourse ahead of the action this afternoon

Cameras at the ready: A group of stylishly dressed ladies take photos of the racecourse ahead of the action this afternoon

A sunbeam! The famous racing event has returned largely to pre-pandemic status - with zero restrictions on revellers - and a dress code that appears to encourage people to go all out on occasion wear

A sunbeam! The famous racing event has returned largely to pre-pandemic status - with zero restrictions on revellers - and a dress code that appears to encourage people to go all out on occasion wear

Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins looked chic in pale blue

Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins looked chic in pale blue

A sunbeam! The famous racing event has returned largely to pre-pandemic status – with zero restrictions on revellers – and a dress code that appears to encourage people to go all out on occasion wear. Right, Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins looked chic in pale blue

Hats off to high glamour! A fuschia-coloured floral flourish was seen on this racegoer

Hats off to high glamour! A fuschia-coloured floral flourish was seen on this racegoer

Another racing fan chose a dramatic silver woven headpiece, with matching grey feathers

Another racing fan chose a dramatic silver woven headpiece, with matching grey feathers

Hats off to high glamour! A fuschia-coloured floral flourish was seen on this racegoer, left, while another chose a dramatic silver woven piece, with matching grey feathers

Back to black: Ulrika Jonsson went for a formal black flowing frock with ruched shoulders - with a matching black headpiece

Back to black: Ulrika Jonsson went for a formal black flowing frock with ruched shoulders - with a matching black headpiece

Back to black: Ulrika Jonsson went for a formal black flowing frock with ruched shoulders – with a matching black headpiece

After two years of restrictions, Royal Ascot looks set for an all-out 2022 meet. Pictured: An attendee looks stylish in white and blue, with two over-sized blue rose flowers and fluttering feathers making a millinery statement

After two years of restrictions, Royal Ascot looks set for an all-out 2022 meet. Pictured: An attendee looks stylish in white and blue, with two over-sized blue rose flowers and fluttering feathers making a millinery statement

After two years of restrictions, Royal Ascot looks set for an all-out 2022 meet. Pictured: An attendee looks stylish in white and blue, with two over-sized blue rose flowers and fluttering feathers making a millinery statement   

THE OFFICIAL ROYAL ASCOT STYLE GUIDE 2022 

ROYAL ENCLOSURE DRESS CODE 

LADIES  

Pictured left: Favourbrook jacket £720, trousers £250, waistcoat £320, tie £95, pocket square £35, Oliver Brown top hat £500, Shirt £85, Shoes: Haes and Curtis £149. Pictured right: The Vampire's Wife dress £1,650, Handbag £450, Hat: Edwina Ibbotson £1,580, Shoes: Roger Vivier £1,350, Ring: Garrard £8,000

Pictured left: Favourbrook jacket £720, trousers £250, waistcoat £320, tie £95, pocket square £35, Oliver Brown top hat £500, Shirt £85, Shoes: Haes and Curtis £149. Pictured right: The Vampire's Wife dress £1,650, Handbag £450, Hat: Edwina Ibbotson £1,580, Shoes: Roger Vivier £1,350, Ring: Garrard £8,000

Pictured left: Favourbrook jacket £720, trousers £250, waistcoat £320, tie £95, pocket square £35, Oliver Brown top hat £500, Shirt £85, Shoes: Haes and Curtis £149. Pictured right: The Vampire’s Wife dress £1,650, Handbag £450, Hat: Edwina Ibbotson £1,580, Shoes: Roger Vivier £1,350, Ring: Garrard £8,000 

Erdem dress £2490, hat £1395, gloves £390, Emilia Wickstead shoes £515, earrings: 4element. Available to rent.

Erdem dress £2490, hat £1395, gloves £390, Emilia Wickstead shoes £515, earrings: 4element. Available to rent.

Erdem dress £2490, hat £1395, gloves £390, Emilia Wickstead shoes £515, earrings: 4element. Available to rent. 

  • Dresses and skirts should be of modest length defined as falling just above the knee or longer. 
  • Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch or greater. Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not permitted. Dresses and tops with sheer straps and sleeves are also not permitted.
  • Jackets and pashminas may be worn. Tops and dresses underneath should still comply with the Royal Enclosure Dress Code. Midriffs must be covered. 
  • Trouser suits are welcome. They should be of full-length to the ankle and of matching material and colour.
  • Jumpsuits are welcome. They should fall below the knee, with regulations matching that for dresses. 
  • Hats should be worn; however, a headpiece which has a solid base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat. Fascinators are not permitted. 

GIRLS

  • Girls (aged 10-17) should dress in accordance with the Ladies’ Dress Code. However, they may wear a headpiece or fascinator as an alternative to a hat, without any size restriction. 

 GENTLEMEN

Favourbrook jacket £720, trousers £250, waistcoat £280, tie £110, shoes £320, Oliver Brown top hat £500, shirt £85

Favourbrook jacket £720, trousers £250, waistcoat £280, tie £110, shoes £320, Oliver Brown top hat £500, shirt £85

Favourbrook jacket £720, trousers £250, waistcoat £280, tie £110, shoes £320, Oliver Brown top hat £500, shirt £85 

It is a requirement to wear black, grey or navy morning dress which must include: 

  • A waistcoat and tie (no cravats or bow ties)
  • A black or grey top hat
  • Black shoes worn with socks

A gentleman may remove his top hat within a restaurant, a Private Box, a private club or a facility’s terrace, balcony or garden. 

Hats may also be removed within any enclosed external seating area within the Royal Enclosure Gardens.

The customisation of top hats (with, for example, coloured ribbons or bands) is not permitted in the Royal Enclosure

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Novelty waistcoats and ties are not permitted. Discreet patterns and those of a patriotic nature (for example, a national flag) are acceptable.

BOYS

  • Boys (aged 10-17) should either dress in accordance with the gentlemen’s Dress Code; or alternatively may wear a dark-coloured lounge suit with a shirt and tie. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Fancy dress, novelty and branded or promotional clothing is not permitted on site.

QUEEN ANNE ENCLOSURE DRESS CODE  

LADIES 

Pictured: Dress: Simone Rocha £995, Hat: Jane Taylor £1,560, ShuShu Tong bag £450, shoes £875

Pictured: Dress: Simone Rocha £995, Hat: Jane Taylor £1,560, ShuShu Tong bag £450, shoes £875

Pictured: Emilia Wickstead dress: £1,650, shoes £590, Hat: Edwina Ibbotson £2,045

Pictured: Emilia Wickstead dress: £1,650, shoes £590, Hat: Edwina Ibbotson £2,045

Pictured left: Dress: Simone Rocha £995, Hat: Jane Taylor £1,560, ShuShu Tong bag £450, shoes £875. Pictured right: Emilia Wickstead dress: £1,650, shoes £590, Hat: Edwina Ibbotson £2,045

Pictured left: Dress: Lisa the Label £720, Hat: Emily London £885, Shoes: Roger Vivier £1,150. Pictured right: Oliver Brown suit £327, shirt £85, tie £69, pocket square: Richard Anderson £84, shoes: Christian Louboutin £775

Pictured left: Dress: Lisa the Label £720, Hat: Emily London £885, Shoes: Roger Vivier £1,150. Pictured right: Oliver Brown suit £327, shirt £85, tie £69, pocket square: Richard Anderson £84, shoes: Christian Louboutin £775

Pictured left: Dress: Lisa the Label £720, Hat: Emily London £885, Shoes: Roger Vivier £1,150. Pictured right: Oliver Brown suit £327, shirt £85, tie £69, pocket square: Richard Anderson £84, shoes: Christian Louboutin £775

Ladies within the Queen Anne Enclosure are required to dress in a manner as befits a formal occasion and are kindly asked to take note of the following:

  • A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times.
  • Strapless and sheer dresses and tops are not permitted. Please note our definition of strapless necklines include off-the-shoulder, Bardot and one shoulder. Dresses and tops with sheer straps and sleeves are also not permitted. Midriffs must be covered.
  • Trouser suits must be full-length and jumpsuits should fall below the knee. Both must adhere to the neckline regulations above. Shorts are not permitted.

GIRLS 

  • Girls aged 17 and under should be dressed for a formal occasion. Smart summer dresses are suggested. 
  • Hats, headpieces and fascinators may be worn but are not compulsory. 

GENTLEMEN 

Richard James jacket £585, trousers £345, Oliver Brown shirt £85, tie £49, Hawes and Curtis pocket square £29, shoes £149

Richard James jacket £585, trousers £345, Oliver Brown shirt £85, tie £49, Hawes and Curtis pocket square £29, shoes £149

Richard James jacket £585, trousers £345, Oliver Brown shirt £85, tie £49, Hawes and Curtis pocket square £29, shoes £149 

Pictured left: Oliver Spencer suit jacket £369, suit trousers £189, shirt: Budd £130, Tie: Oliver Brown £59, pocket square: Richard Anderson £95, shoes: Harry's £350. Pictured right: Richard James jacket £745, trousers £325, shirt: Budd £130, tie: Oliver Brown £49, pocket square: Richard Anderson £95, shoes: Russel and Bromley £225

Pictured left: Oliver Spencer suit jacket £369, suit trousers £189, shirt: Budd £130, Tie: Oliver Brown £59, pocket square: Richard Anderson £95, shoes: Harry's £350. Pictured right: Richard James jacket £745, trousers £325, shirt: Budd £130, tie: Oliver Brown £49, pocket square: Richard Anderson £95, shoes: Russel and Bromley £225

Pictured left: Oliver Spencer suit jacket £369, suit trousers £189, shirt: Budd £130, Tie: Oliver Brown £59, pocket square: Richard Anderson £95, shoes: Harry’s £350. Pictured right: Richard James jacket £745, trousers £325, shirt: Budd £130, tie: Oliver Brown £49, pocket square: Richard Anderson £95, shoes: Russel and Bromley £225

Gentlemen’s Dress Code Gentlemen are required to wear a full-length suit with a collared shirt and tie, and kindly asked to take note of the following: Jackets and trousers should be of matching colour and pattern. 

  • A tie should be worn at all times. Bow ties and cravats are not permitted.
  • Socks must be worn and should cover the ankle. Jeans, chinos and trainers are not permitted. 

BOYS

  • Boys aged 10-17 should wear a suit or jacket with a shirt and tie. Younger boys nine and under should be dressed smartly but are not required to wear a jacket or tie. 

VILLAGE ENCLOSURE 

LADIES

Pictured left: Bora Aksu blouse £429, skirt £385, shoes £595, hat: Juliette Botterill £370, handbag: Roger Vivier £1,050

Pictured left: Bora Aksu blouse £429, skirt £385, shoes £595, hat: Juliette Botterill £370, handbag: Roger Vivier £1,050

Pictured right: dress: Temperley £560, hat: Yuan Li Milinery £580, shoes: Jimmy Choo £750

Pictured right: dress: Temperley £560, hat: Yuan Li Milinery £580, shoes: Jimmy Choo £750

Pictured left: Bora Aksu blouse £429, skirt £385, shoes £595, hat: Juliette Botterill £370, handbag: Roger Vivier £1,050. Pictured right: dress: Temperley £560, hat: Yuan Li Milinery £580, shoes: Jimmy Choo £750 

Pictured left: Shrimps dress £495, bag £475, hat: Bee Smith £250, shoes: Office £40, earrings: Margaux Studios £195. Pictured right: Gant blazer £350, trousers £175, shirt: Hawes and Curtis £55, tie: Oliver Brown £59, shoes: Christian Louboutin £775

Pictured left: Shrimps dress £495, bag £475, hat: Bee Smith £250, shoes: Office £40, earrings: Margaux Studios £195. Pictured right: Gant blazer £350, trousers £175, shirt: Hawes and Curtis £55, tie: Oliver Brown £59, shoes: Christian Louboutin £775

Pictured left: Shrimps dress £495, bag £475, hat: Bee Smith £250, shoes: Office £40, earrings: Margaux Studios £195. Pictured right: Gant blazer £350, trousers £175, shirt: Hawes and Curtis £55, tie: Oliver Brown £59, shoes: Christian Louboutin £775

Ladies within the Village Enclosure are required to dress in a manner as befits a formal occasion and are kindly asked to take note of the following:

  • A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times.
  • Strapless and sheer dresses and tops are not permitted. Please note our definition of strapless necklines include off-the-shoulder, Bardot and one shoulder. Dresses and tops with sheer straps and sleeves are also not permitted. Midriffs must be covered.
  • Trouser suits must be full-length, and jumpsuits should fall below the knee. Both must adhere to the neckline regulations above. Shorts are not permitted

Please note, the Village Enclosure is a grassed area and ladies should consider their hat size and shoes accordingly. Smaller hats or fascinators and wedges or block heels are recommended in place of large headwear or stilettos.

GIRLS 

  • Girls aged 17 and under should be dressed for a formal occasion. Smart summer dresses are suggested.
  • Hats, headpieces and fascinators may be work but are not compulsory. 

GENTLEMEN 

Gant blazer £350, trousers £175, Hawes and Curtis shirt £55, shoes £149, tie: Oliver Brown £59

Gant blazer £350, trousers £175, Hawes and Curtis shirt £55, shoes £149, tie: Oliver Brown £59

Gant blazer £350, trousers £175, Hawes and Curtis shirt £55, shoes £149, tie: Oliver Brown £59 

Gentlemen are required to wear a full-length trousers and jacket with a collared shirt and tie, and kindly asked to take note of the following:

  • A tie should be worn at all times. Ties, bow ties or cravats can be worn in the Village Enclosure.
  • Socks must be worn and should cover the ankle.
  • Jeans and trainers are not permitted.

BOYS 

Boys aged 10-17 should wear a suit or jacket with a shirt and tie. Younger boys nine and under should be dressed smartly but are not required to wear a jacket or tie. 

WINDSOR ENCLOSURE 

LADIES

Dress: LK Bennett £499, hat: Juliette Botterill £430, shoes: Kurt Geiger £99

Dress: LK Bennett £499, hat: Juliette Botterill £430, shoes: Kurt Geiger £99

Dress: LK Bennett £499, hat: Juliette Botterill £430, shoes: Kurt Geiger £99 

Whilst there is no official Dress Code for the Windsor Enclosure, Ladies are encouraged to dress in smart daywear.

It is recommended that ladies wear smart attire with a hat or fascinator.

GENTLEMEN

Ted Baker jacket £279, trousers £150, shirt £95, pocket square: Oliver Brown £35, shoes: Grenson £295

Ted Baker jacket £279, trousers £150, shirt £95, pocket square: Oliver Brown £35, shoes: Grenson £295

Ted Baker jacket £279, trousers £150, shirt £95, pocket square: Oliver Brown £35, shoes: Grenson £295

Whilst there is no official Dress Code for the Windsor Enclosure, Gentlemen are encouraged to dress in smart daywear.

It is recommended that Gentlemen wear a jacket, collared shirt and full-length trousers.

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This year's Style Guide for the event, which is the eleventh of its kind, is keen to demonstrate to racing followers around the world that British fashion houses can help those attending the Royal Meeting is about looking your best

This year's Style Guide for the event, which is the eleventh of its kind, is keen to demonstrate to racing followers around the world that British fashion houses can help those attending the Royal Meeting is about looking your best

This year’s Style Guide for the event, which is the eleventh of its kind, is keen to demonstrate to racing followers around the world that British fashion houses can help those attending the Royal Meeting is about looking your best

Early arrivals were seen taking the latest dress code to the letter - sporting an array of colourful outfits, with statement hats taking centre stage

Early arrivals were seen taking the latest dress code to the letter - sporting an array of colourful outfits, with statement hats taking centre stage

Early arrivals were seen taking the latest dress code to the letter – sporting an array of colourful outfits, with statement hats taking centre stage

As the gates opened, attendees in their finest attire flooded through for a day of quaffing champagne under the sun

As the gates opened, attendees in their finest attire flooded through for a day of quaffing champagne under the sun

As the gates opened, attendees in their finest attire flooded through for a day of quaffing champagne under the sun

Finery: The queues at Royal Ascot this morning - with the men heading for the Royal Enclosure dolled up in top hats and tails

Finery: The queues at Royal Ascot this morning - with the men heading for the Royal Enclosure dolled up in top hats and tails

Finery: The queues at Royal Ascot this morning – with the men heading for the Royal Enclosure dolled up in top hats and tails

Formal: The Royal Enclosures still requires attendees to don their Sunday best...but other parts of the racecourse will see a more relaxed view on attire

Formal: The Royal Enclosures still requires attendees to don their Sunday best...but other parts of the racecourse will see a more relaxed view on attire

Formal: The Royal Enclosures still requires attendees to don their Sunday best…but other parts of the racecourse will see a more relaxed view on attire

For once, the hats had a practical use too - with this elegant wide-brimmed number keeping the bright sunshine at bay

For once, the hats had a practical use too - with this elegant wide-brimmed number keeping the bright sunshine at bay

For once, the hats had a practical use too – with this elegant wide-brimmed number keeping the bright sunshine at bay

Thousands are expected to descend on Ascot Racecourse over the coming days - as one of the most famous events in the society calendar returns

Thousands are expected to descend on Ascot Racecourse over the coming days - as one of the most famous events in the society calendar returns

Thousands are expected to descend on Ascot Racecourse over the coming days – as one of the most famous events in the society calendar returns

Star watch: Stradivarius, pictured at the event in 2021, will face nine rivals as he goes in search of a fourth Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on Thursday

Star watch: Stradivarius, pictured at the event in 2021, will face nine rivals as he goes in search of a fourth Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on Thursday

Star watch: Stradivarius, pictured at the event in 2021, will face nine rivals as he goes in search of a fourth Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on Thursday 

The Platinum Jubilee celebrations will continue at the racing event - just a stone's throw from Windsor, with giant Union Jacks welcoming guests

The Platinum Jubilee celebrations will continue at the racing event - just a stone's throw from Windsor, with giant Union Jacks welcoming guests

The Platinum Jubilee celebrations will continue at the racing event – just a stone’s throw from Windsor, with giant Union Jacks welcoming guests

The Royal Ascot Style Guide establishes the official Dress Code of the Royal Meeting and is a bellwether and source of inspiration in the world of occasion dressing.

The styling has been directed by acclaimed stylist Rachel Bakewell and appears to encourage racegoers to embrace a more ‘casual’ look at the event, with female models posing in mini dresses and platform heels, while men are permitted to wear Cuban shirts and printed garments.

Attendees in the Royal Enclosure are required to wear a ‘modest’ hemline, however elsewhere in the guide it appears sky-high mini skirts may be permitted in other enclosures.

Brands featuring in the guide include the likes of Simone Rocha, Erdem, Shrimps and Vampire’s Wife to name a few, styled across Royal Ascot’s four Enclosures’ dress codes.

For 2022, the Royal Ascot Style Guide pays homage to the incredible talent and style of both international and British fashion houses, with trend-setting designs from established and emerging brands, through to high end and high street.

The history of fashion at Royal Ascot – Key Dates: 

Late 1700s – Beau Brummell, a close friend of the Prince Regent, who decreed that ‘men of elegance should wear waisted black coats and white cravats with pantaloons’ and this set the tone for the dress code that is still adhered to by men in the Royal Enclosure. 

1830s – Queen Victoria’s visit to Royal Ascot saw her arrive in a pretty lace dress with a full bell skirt and shawl. She also started a craze for the porter bonnet, shielding the wearer from male eyes. 

1890s – As the dawn of a new century arrived, fashion took on an almost celebratory tone. Skirts were less full, but silhouettes made a greater statement with angular hips and puffed sleeves. Hats were large and full of feathers and adornments. 

1900s – One of fashions most iconic images; that of Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady was inspired when costume designer Cecil Beaton saw images of Black Ascot, The 1910 Royal Ascot meeting was in full mourning over the death of King Edward. 

1920s – Hemlines were shorter and cuts were smaller in the 1920s reflecting a post-war generation’s rebellion against old traditions. Pearls and furs were the accessories of the day. 

1950s – Christian Dior’s New Look, a small waist and full skirt, was proving popular however it was when the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth and her stylish sister Princess Margaret wore the style at Royal Ascot that it was cemented in history. 

1960s – Royal Ascot’s glamorous profile elevated when Italian actress Sophia Loren was photographed in the Royal Enclosure. In modern times some of the biggest names in Hollywood and fashion have attended.

1970s – Trouser suits became more popular following their introduction to the dress code in 1971. Gertrude Shilling, The Ascot Mascot, delighted press with her extravagant outfits. One year, one of her son David’s millinery designs outgrew the Shilling’s long-wheel-based Rolls Royce, so the hat had to follow in a van behind. 

1980s – Sharp lines and bright colours took centre stage during this decade. With statement hats and pointed heels, there was little room for floaty florals in 1980s glamour. 

2012 – Royal Ascot officially launches its Style Guide to racegoers outlining dress code regulations for the Royal Enclosure and Queen Anne Enclosure (formally known as Grandstand). 

2017 – The jumpsuit is formally accepted in the Royal Enclosure Dress Code and the Queen Anne Enclosure Dress Code is extended to the new Village Enclosure. 

2018 – Royal Ascot introduce Style Guides for the Village Enclosure and Windsor Enclosure. 

2020 – Royal Ascot runs behind closed doors for first time in the event’s history during global COVID-19 pandemic. 

2021 – Navy morning suits were permitted in the Royal Enclosure. 



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