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What To Wear To Royal Ascot

5 must-know tips to stand out at the races this summer

By Alexia Dellner, 09 June 2016
What To Wear To Royal Ascot

It's one of the highlights of the summer calendar, when horse racing's finest gather for a chance to walk (or trot) away with the £6.58m prize money. This year's race will take place from the 14th - 18th of June at Ascot in Berkshire, England. There will be six world-class races during the five day event, not to mention plenty of fabulous fashion, lots of socialising and an appearance by The Queen herself. 

You can catch the the races and the entire spectacle on TV but it's still not too late to get tickets to the event itself. Already got ticket? Now you need to figure out what to wear to Ascot! Dressing for the races isn't easy. There are strict rules about what to wear to Ascot (no strapless dresses or fascinators in the Royal Enclosure) and the weather is typically unpredictable. Enter our clever style guide to Royal Ascot. From statement hats to show-stopping frocks, here's what to wear to Ascot this year to ensure that you stand out for all the right reasons. 

An eye-catching hat is a must

Royal Ascot may be a horse racing event, but really all eyes will be on the ladies' hats (which are mandatory). While many choose to go for extravagant and over-the-top creations, if you really want to blend in then all you really need is a chic hat or stylish headpiece that compliments your look. Headpieces must have a base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter and remember that fascinators are not permitted within the Royal Enclosure, so if that's where you plan on watching the races then you should opt for a wide-brimmed hat instead.

Stand out with a tailored trouser suit

A tailored trouser suits is a smart alternative to the standard dress or skirt, but it must be full length and of matching material and colour. Pretty pastels and eye-catching prints are both elegant and summery. 

Keep hemlines modest

Dresses and skirts should fall just above the knee or longer, but avoid looking too matronly with a frock that flatters your figure. An A-line dress or skirt will highlight your waist while disguising your bottom half (great for pear shapes), while pencil skirts are ultra flattering for hourglass figures. Experiment with prints and colours to make your look pop.

Bring a cover-up

British summer weather is unpredictable, so make sure you bring some layers in case temperatures drop. Jackets and pashminas are welcome, as long as the outfit underneath follows the Ascot dress code. 

Keep shoes neutral

The real star of your Ascot look will be your hat or dress, so keep things simple with a neutral heel. Not only will a pair of nude shoes elongate the leg and create a slimmer silhouette, but they're also a smart investment for the rest of your summer social calendar. 

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