Ascot Dress Code

Finula Crowe

Spring has sprung and that means the search for the perfect, rule-abiding outfit for Royal Ascot has commenced. Ascot is a fashion event in and of itself but, one with a twist; there’s a dress code, and it’s strict. As an Ascot devotee myself, I’ve found the challenge of dressing for Ascot both exhilarating and nerve racking. The fear of being rejected as a coat-tailed-clad official, measuring tape in hand, wags a disapproving finger at me because my straps are a centimetre too thin / hemline an inch to short / hat base too skimpy…is enough to make me lose sleep. Then there’s the added fear of seeing the very same dress or hat you trawled the internet / high street for as you join the long queue for the ladies, clutching a glass of warm prosecco…

Firstly, the Ascot dress code for the Royal enclosure is considerably more strict than that of the Queen Anne or Village enclosures.

If you are in the Royal enclosure, straps must be at least an inch wide and lady-like midi length, falling just above or below the knee. Hats must have a 4 inch base at the minimum.

Thankfully the rules for the Queen Anne enclosure relaxed a little last year and my enquiry to Ascot HQ confirms that Shoe-string straps are permitted. Strapless dresses and sheer straps are still a no-go.


In summary:

Royal Enclosure:

  • Straps must be 1 inch or wider
  • Hemline must fall on or below the knee
  • Hats must have a base of 4 inches or more

 Queen Anne Enclosure

  • Shoestring straps permitted but no strapless or off-shoulder
  • Hemline must fall on or below the knee (no minis!!)
  • Fascinators are permitted


Royal Enclosure

‘Amelia’ dress in Vanilla

Fresh-as-vanilla ice cream dresses with matching hats have long been a favourite of the Royals at Ascot. Our ‘Amelia’ with its see through lace sleeves and peek-a-boo neckline is both elegant and coquettish. Team with our pearl-adorned pillbox hat.

 Ascot Dress Code


‘Benita’ dress in Cornflower Blue

This dress is both flattering and elegant and the colour suits all skin tones. Pair with nude accessories and a pretty pill-box hat. Available in ivory and black also.

Royal Ascot 2019 


Queen Anne Enclosure

‘Milan’ dress in pink

This floaty pleated number is bang on trend. It comes in pretty pink or sophisticated French Navy. Pair with an ivory hat and nude heels.

 How to Dress for Ascot

‘Camellia’ dress in floral print

This super flattering floral style is perfect for those wishing to take full advantage of the more relaxed dress code which permits ‘Shoe-string straps’. Pair with ivory accessories.

Ascot Dress Code 2019


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