If there is any event in the social calendar that’s guaranteed to bring out the best in the British, it has to be Royal Ascot. It’s the point in the year where royals, celebrities and thousands of racing fans converge on Ascot racecourse to cheer on their favourite horses, and of course display the very finest in frocks and headgear!
As Ascot racecourse is located just down the road from Windsor Castle, it boasts some truly impressive royal associations. Every day there is a royal procession to lift the royal standard to start the day’s racing, and many will be keen to see what kind of headgear the Queen will be wearing this year.
Of course, there is a whole host of high society personalities circulating around the Royal Enclosure too. Last year saw the likes of Prince Harry and Princess’ Eugenie and Beatrice all adding a touch of royal glamour to the proceedings. And as the event carries a distinct air of high society, there are also some fairly strict dress regulations enforced that require straps to be over one inch wide, no fascinators, dresses to be worn past the knee, and absolutely no display of your midriff! The below dress is a fine example of something suitable for this rather royal affair!
High stakes fashion
As such it can present something of a dilemma for the fashion-minded race-goer to know what to wear. Last year Coral appointed Debenhams’ designer Ben de Lisi to create a fantastic dress made out of betting slips, but for most of us something a little more traditional might be a better option! With the weather in June being somewhat unpredictable, a dress with sleeves is always a good idea. And floral prints are a great way to embrace the colour and warmth of the new season.
When it comes to millinery, there are few better occasions to indulge your love for hat fashion. In recent years there have been some pretty outlandish designs, but it’s important to make sure that what you wear is durable and is not going to fly off your head in a freak gust of wind! The below is a lovely example of a floral print…
But one area that you can really go to town on whilst maintaining the dress code of ‘formal daywear’ is through some choice decisions made in accessorising. In particular make sure that you don’t make the fatal error of matching your shoes and your bag. Instead, go for some understated gold jewellery to bring a touch of extravagance to your look, and even think about investing in a bold statement necklace to really add a sense of occasion to this magical racing event!