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ASCOT STYLE RULES

15.06.13

If you're attending Royal Ascot this year (Tuesday 18th to Saturday 22nd June), you'll know there is a strict dress code to adhere to. So have a quick read of our style rules and you’ll be quaffing champers and cheering on horses without a worry over hemlines.

Low Lying Hemlines

Probably the most important part to get right, a study in hemlines is an important piece of homework prior to attending a day at the races. Royal Ascot stipulates that dresses and skirts must fall just above the knee or longer – so a beautifully-cut shift or something figure-skimming but demure makes the perfect choice. Look to our Deis, Santorini, Ton or Jeanne dresses for inspiration.

Bold Shoulder

It’s not just knees which come under scrutiny within the strict Royal Ascot dress code; shoulders will be inspected too, so ensure the straps of your dress or top are at least one inch wide. Jackets and pashminas can be used to cover up, but what lies beneath must abide by the rules – make sure to measure up. We love our waist-cinching Eliza top or cute blouses like Etie and Emilia.

Hats Off

Your hat and the size of it is vital to getting it right at Royal Ascot. Very much dependent on where you’re sitting, if you’re in the Royal Enclosure, hats must have a base of at least 4 inches wide and look like a proper hat, while smaller hats, headpieces or fascinators are acceptable if attending the Grandstand. If in doubt, bigger is better.

Suits You

If you don’t fancy wearing a dress or skirt, then a snappy trouser suit is a stylish alternative – although don’t be fooled into thinking you’ve escaped the hemline rules. If you do opt for a suit it must be full length and comprise of matching pieces. Try our San Tor suit in salmon, Maddy Rye suit in mid-blue or Tia Eve suit in off-white for a refreshing alternative to a fancy frock.

No-Nos

There are a few no-nos when it comes to appropriate races attire, and although most of them should be fairly obvious, we’ll point them out just in case you’ve got a rebellious streak... No midriffs, shorts, strapless, off-shoulder, halterneck or spaghetti straps allowed - so cover up, keep it sophisticated and you’ll earn yourself a big style tick from Royal Ascot.