Shopping | 20th June 2017
What to Wear
Choosing what to wear is hard at the best of time, never mind for one of the most highly anticipated sporting and fashion events of the year.
Royal Ascot, a prestigious event in anyone’s social calendar,takes place from 20 th – 24 th June 2017. To make things easier for you, Poised has put together a lowdown of the well-established dress code so you can attend in style whilst following two century old fashion traditions for this elegant event.
So, here’s a list of what’s in, what’s essential and what’s definitely out:
1. “Dresses and skirts should be of modest length defined as falling just above the
knee or longer”. Take note: you may have the legs of Naomi Campbell, but miniskirts are out.
2. “Hats should be worn; a headpiece which has a base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is an acceptable alternative”. Fascinators are no longer permitted, sigh.
3. “Strapless or sheer strap dresses and tops are not permitted”. This includes halter necks, spaghetti straps and straps of less than one inch (2.5cm).
4. Jackets and pashminas may be worn – which, given our unpredictable British weather, is probably for the best! But make sure dresses and tops still comply with the dress code.
5. Trouser suits and Jumpsuits are welcome, trouser suits must comprise of matching material/colours and both must be full length, adhering to those all-important strap guidelines.
6. And, just to confirm, midriffs must be covered.
If you’re in the Royal Enclosure, you must wear “either black or grey morning dress, including a waistcoat and tie (no cravats), a black or grey top hat (which you cannot customise) and black shoes”. Any woman’s Mr Darcy fantasies will definitely be realised.
You may remove your top hat within a restaurant, private box, private club or the terrace, balcony or garden, or any enclosed seating area.
Men in the Grandstand Enclosure are “required to wear a suit and tie”.
Children of all ages are asked to dress smartly.
(Girls 10-17); are required to “dress in accordance with the Ladies’ dress code” but will be pleased to note they can wear a fascinator or headpiece as a hat alternative.
(Boys 10-17): can either adhere to the gentlemen’s dress code, or “wear a dark-coloured lounge suit with a shirt”.
Last but not least:
Overseas visitors may wear the formal national dress of their country, or service dress.
Serving Military personnel may wear their service dress or equivalent.
But remember; if you’d rather not stress too much over the details, then Poised will be happy to do it for you!