Royal Ascot fashion
With the extravagant global fashion shows of springtime being a distant memory, it’s time to look ahead to the next big fashion spectacular – Royal Ascot.
The racing event is historically one of the highlights of the fashion calendar with many designers and celebrities keen to use the occasion to show off the latest and greatest in style trends.
The main event
Royal Ascot takes place at the Ascot racecourse near Windsor Castle between 16 and 20 June. And as well as eighteen thrilling Group races, it’s notable for its royal associations with the Royal procession taking place at the start of each day.
As such, it’s a great place to witness an array of high society’s stars and celebrities enjoying the carnival atmosphere. The intense press coverage of the event often threatens to overshadow the racing itself, as last year many celebrities such as Pixie Lott, Elizabeth Hurley and Kimberley Garner joined over 300,000 horse racing fans to parade the latest fashions.
The day which provides the most fascination for those with an eye for fashion has to be Ladies Day which this year takes place on Thursday 18 June. This provides a chance for all to flaunt the finest in frocks and headwear, and there is even an unofficial bet as to what colour hat the monarch will be wearing on this special day.
The bookmakers Coral have even reappointed designer Ben de Lisi to create a Royal Ascot dress that will be unveiled on 17 June. Last year, de Lisi grabbed the headlines with his betting-slip styled creation, but this year the Debenhams designer is said to be working on a design that features racing colour blocks and a silk necktie.
Such a move is seen to show an appreciation for the strict dress code that is enforced at Royal Ascot. The term ‘formal daywear’ is routinely used for anyone wishing to enter the Royal Enclosure, and as such, hemlines must be on the knee or longer, straps must be at least one inch wide, and there must be absolutely no display of midriff.
Added to these restrictions is the changeable June weather that can often present an issue of what to wear for race-goers. However, the ever-reliable Vogue magazine have helpfully picked out a few pointers to help you stay stylish. In particular, dresses with light fabrics and sleeves will meet the conservative dress code and enable you to stay cool.
Furthermore, it’s been revealed that fascinators are a strict no-no at Royal Ascot. Instead, more traditional headwear is acceptable and can be worn with just the right amount of accessories and jewellery to make sure that you stay stylish whilst helping to maintain the illustrious heritage of this fantastic sporting event.