Race day is a chance to dress up in all your finery – just like you would at a wedding or formal occasion. At Ascot, strapless, off-the-shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti strap styles aren’t allowed, so make sure you choose a dress or top with plenty of coverage.
Take a modest approach to hemlines too. Look for a dress or skirt with a length that sits just above the knee or below to make sure you’re on the right lines. For a contemporary yet chic look, choose an of-the-moment midi-length that will not only meet the dress code, it will earn you some style points too.
If dresses aren’t your style, opt for a sophisticated jumpsuit or impeccably-tailored suit instead. Both are more than welcome at Ascot. If you choose an all-in-one, make sure it’s ankle-length. While your suit jacket and trousers need to be of matching fabric and colour. In each instance, it’s all about looking perfectly polished from head-to-toe.
Changeable weather. It’s the only thing you can be certain of on race day. So be prepared for sunshine or showers with a sleek cover-up that compliments the silhouette of your outfit. A cropped jacket will highlight a fit and flare skirt, and a longline coat will accentuate a pencil dress. Just remember, with or without your jacket, those dress strap rules still apply.
If you’re wearing a hat (at Ascot it’s a must), keep the rest of your accessories simple and sensible. Practicality will most definitely win the day. Look for minimal yet modern bags, which will keep your essentials and bets close at hand. When it comes to choosing footwear, block heels will allow you to navigate the mixed terrain with ease.