Royal Ascot Dress Code

Last Updated 24 Feb 2020 | Commercial content | 18+

When it comes to the Royal Ascot dress code, what to wear to Royal Ascot is always a much talked about topic.

Royal Ascot fashion changes from year-to-year, with many Royal Ascot hats and unique dresses often making the fashion pages of top magazines and newspapers. Royal Ascot is not only about the horse racing action, but also the fashion.

Ascot Dress Code

Men and women both have rules to adhere to at Royal Ascot.

Royal Ascot Dress Code – Men

Many will argue that it’s a bit easier for men, as morning suits and top hats are required in the Royal Enclosure. While outside of that enclosure, the general rule of thumb is to wear a matching suit and tie.

Royal Ascot Dress Code – Women

For ladies however, there are more strict dress code rules when at the Royal Ascot enclosures. These include the following:

  • Royal Ascot Dresses and skirts need to be of modest length – this is defined as falling just above the knee or longer.
  • Dresses and tops will need to have straps of one inch or greater. Strapless, or off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not allowed. Jackets and pashminas may be worn though and this is a plus is the weather is a bit on the chilly side.
  • Tops and dresses underneath will still need to comply with the Royal Enclosure Dress Code. Midriffs must be covered.
  • Trouser suits are welcome for ladies. They will need to be of full-length to the ankle and of matching material and colour.
  • Jumpsuits are also allowed. They will need to fall below the knee, with regulations matching that for dresses.
  • Ascot Hats should be worn at all times – however, headpieces that have a solid base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter are also acceptable as an alternative to a hat. Fascinators are not permitted.
Royal Ascot Dress Code

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Royal Enclosure Dress Code

Elegance is the key here. There is a formal dress code in the Royal enclosure that requires men to dress in full morning suit, while the ladies fashion varies from year-to-year, but it goes without saying, dressing to impress is a must.

Queen Anne Enclosure Dress Code

Think of this being a slight step down from the Royal Enclosure. It’s still formal, with ladies expected to wear a hat, but for the gentlemen, no morning suit is required. Men still have to wear a matching suit though and a tie is a must.

Windsor Enclosure Dress Code

There is actually no dress code for the Windsor enclosure, but despite that racegoers more often than not still dress to fit in – after all, they are still at Royal Ascot. Suits, ties and top dresses for the ladies are still very much on show, while you can even pre-book your own picnic bench. These benches allow racegoers to reserve a picnic bench for £180 for six people (includes admission). Racegoers can then either collect a pre-booked picnic, or bring their own.

Village Enclosure Dress Code

Is less formal than the Queen Anne enclosure, with gentleman required to wear a suit and tie and ladies, Royal Ascot hats. Racegoers are encouraged to dress in a manner that will see them fit into a formal occasion.

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