The clocks have gone forward and spring has finally sprung which can only mean one thing – Royal Ascot is almost upon us. Every year the stylish event, which takes place over a few days, sees race-goers donning their most glamorous and elegant outfits. However, the notoriously formal dress code can be somewhat daunting if it's your first time at the iconic race course.
Luckily for fashionistas, Ascot have released their handy style guide for 2015 which lists the dos and don'ts regarding what to wear for the glamorous day out, whether you're in the Royal Enclosure or Grandstand. To celebrate, Ascot Racecourse and British retailer Fenwick, hosted a fashion show to celebrate the launch of women’s looks featured in this year’s Royal Ascot Style Guide.
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The Royal Ascot 2015 style guide has been revealed
Royal Enclosure style guide:
Dresses and skirts should be of modest length
One of the golden rules at Royal Ascot is the length of skirts. A dress or skirt is considered modest if it falls just above the knee, or is a bit longer.
Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch
Dresses which are strapless or off the shoulder are not permitted at Royal Ascot. Halter necks and spaghetti straps are also banned, so avoid a fashion faux pas and ensure your straps are at least one inch wide.
Dresses and skirt should be a modest length - at least above the knee
Jackets and pashminas may be worn
Although Royal Ascot takes place in June, the British weather has been prone to let us down in past years with slightly grey clouds and chilly winds, a nightmare for those in formalwear. Luckily, jackets and pashminas are permitted should you need some protection from the weather.
Hats should be worn
Royal Ascot is renowned for its strict regulations regarding hats - headpieces must have a base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter.
Gentlemen must wear black or grey
Men are required to wear black or grey morning dress. Top hats should also be black or grey, and shoes must be black.
The dress code is slightly different between the Royal Enclosure and Grandstand
Grandstand style guide:
Headpieces must be worn at all times
Hats, headpieces and fascinators should be worn at all times, so make sure you choose one you find comfortable to wear.
No strapless dresses
Strapless or sheer strap dresses and tops are not permitted at Royal Ascot.
Trousers must be full length
While cropped trousers are always a firm favourite in our spring wardrobes, if you favour trousers over dresses at Royal Ascot these must be full length.
Gentlemen must look smart
Men are required to wear a suit with a shirt and tie.
Royal Ascot will be held from the 16th - 20th June 2015. Tickets start from £19 - £78. Fine Dining starts from £250 per person + VAT.
For further information and to book visit ascot.co.uk or call 0844 346 3000.