Secrets of How to Dress for Royal Ascot

Published: 26th May 2010
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Royal Ascot. It is one of the most anticipated events in the calendar and the perfect opportunity for women to truly embrace the idea of dressing up. With more prominence being placed on what you wear on your head more than anything else, here are some helpful hints on how to ensure your Royal Ascot outing is more of a stylish success than a fashion faux pas.

The Royal Ascot protocol means that visitors must adhere to a certain dress code and this dress code varies slightly according to which ticket you have.

Here's a simple guide on the Royal Ascot etiquette:

1. Royal Enclosure: The dress code for this particular enclosure is formal dress only and you must wear a hat or 'substantial fascinator' - in other words feathered adornments. It is probably most appropriate to wear a hat if you are attending this enclosure. World renowned milliner Philip Treacy has a sumptuous collection for race goers. When it comes to dress an absolute no, no are off the shoulder dresses and tops, halter necks, spaghetti straps and dresses with a strap of less than one inch. Miniskirts are also considered unsuitable. To be on the safe side and avoid the disappointment of being turned away at the gates (as many women in the past have been for not adgering to the dress code) it is best to wear hemlines at kneee length or below, but certainly NOT above the kneee. Midriffs must be covered and trouser suits must be full length and of matching material and colour. A good source for formal dresses are Net a Porter, Reiss and Coast.

2. Grandstand Admission Ticket: You are required to dress smartly and may wear a hat but this is NOT compulsory. If, like many women, you would prefer to wear a beautiful hair accessory, ensure that you choose one that is appropriate for the occasion and good enough quality to see you through the day. Stone Bridge,, a hair accessory boutique, has a wide collection of luxurious hair accessories suitable for prestigious events such as Royal Ascot.

3. Silver Ring Ticket: Smart attire is a must but no formal dress code applies to this ticket. Here you could be a bit more experimental with what you wear - but at the same time bear in mind that you don't want to look out of place. Choose a suitable dress that can be effortlessly complimented with accessories. As mentioned earlier, stores such as Coast do a good range. With regards to hair accessories you could push the boat out a little bit more and adorn a crystal barrette for instance or a corsage headband from Stone Bridge for sophisticated look of elegance.

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