With less than a month to go until Royal Ascot fashionistas will be hitting the shops to find the perfect outfit for the races.
Thousands of horse racing fans will don their finery and fancy hats for the most prestigious racing week of the year from Tuesday, June 17, to Saturday, June 21.
For many what to wear is as important as which horse to bet on and race goers will be paying close attention to this year's Royal Ascot Style Guide to make sure they meet the standards of elegance.
Each year the organisers of Royal Ascot publish the Style Guide to offer information and inspiration for those attending the races.
We've summarised the guide below so you know the rules for what to wear, and how to dress to impress.
Formal day wear required as follows:
- 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.
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.
Black or grey morning dress including:
– A waistcoat and tie (no cravats)
– A black or grey top hat
– Black shoes
A gentleman may remove his top hat within certain areas of the racecourse. The customisation of top hats (i.e... with coloured ribbons) is not permitted.
Admitted on Friday and Saturday only.
Girls (aged 10-16) should be dressed for a formal occasion. Hats, headpieces or a fascinator may be worn but are not compulsory.
Boys (aged 10-16) should be dressed in accordance with the gentleman's dress code, or may wear a dark-coloured lounge suit with a shirt.
Overseas visitors are welcome to wear the formal national dress of their country or service dress.
Serving military personnel are welcome to wear service dress or equivalent.
Dress for a formal occasion as follows:
– A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times
– Strapless or sheer strap dresses and tops are not permitted
– Trousers must be full length and worn with a top that adheres to the guidelines above
– Midriffs must be covered
– Shorts are not permitted
Gentlemen must wear a suit with a shirt and tie
Girls (aged 10-16) should be dresses for a formal occasion. Smart summer dresses are suggested. Hats and headpieces may be worn but are not compulsory.
Boys (aged 13-16) should wear a suit or jacket with a shirt and tie.
Younger boys (aged 12 or under) should be dresses smartly but do not have to wear a jacket or tie.
The racecourse encourages guests to wear smart clothes but no formal dress code applies. No replica sports shirts permitted.
Please note fancy dress, novelty and branded/promotional clothing are not allowed.
For more information on the event visit www.ascot.co.uk.