What to wear to Ascot: the official dress code

by hellofashion.com /

With Royal Ascot just over two weeks away, it's time to hit the shops in search of the perfect race-ready frock.

But before you start outfit planning, watch the Royal Ascot Style Guide for 2014 (video below).

With rules and guidelines in place, the dress code for the racing event is difficult to navigate, so the organisers have created a chic video explaining what you can and can't wear.



Some of the outfits that comply with the current dress code guidelines

Royal Enclosure dress code: The Dos

- Dresses and skirts falling just above the knee or longer
- Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch or greater
- Jackets and pashminas may be worn but dresses and tops underneath must still comply with the dress code
- Trouser suits are welcome. They must be of full length and matching material and colour
- Hats should be worn. A headpiece with a base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is an acceptable alternative.

Royal Enclosure dress code: The Don'ts

- Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not permitted
- Midriffs must be covered
- Fascinators and headpieces which do not have a base covering a sufficient area are not permitted.

As for the male attendees, the following Royal Enclosure rules should be abided by:

- Black or grey morning dress including:
- A waistcoat and tie (no cravats)
- A black or grey top hat
- Black shoes.


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