22 May 2013 by

Amber Le Bon Unveils Ascot's Dress Code Outfits And Gives Us Her 10 Ascot Style Tips

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This morning Amber Le Bon revealed the outfits for the Royal Ascot Dress Code assistants' this June, modelling the metallic Hobbs shift dress and jacket with an Eliza Doolittle style hat on London's Regent Street. Grazia Daily caught up with Amber to find out what the model thinks is Ascot-appropriate. Amber won't be a dress code assistant, but she has grown up going to Ascot so knows how to dress for tackle the (sometimes tricky) dress code. Find out her top 10 Ascot styling tips below...

1. On this year's rules for Ascot...

 'The rules are knee length skirts - just above the knee and below, and for the royal enclosure the hat has to have at least a four inch base, so it can’t be a fascinator. Then for the rest it's no spaghetti straps, (straps have to be an inch wide), nothing sheer and nothing strapless.'

2. 'Don't be afraid to go all out...'

A lot of people say I don’t want to stand out or be over dressed but you won’t. The whole point of Ascot is to get dressed up. It’s all about being a little opulent, wearing a fabulous dress or trouser suit, but being appropriate. So stick to the dress code and wear a fabulous hat – go all out.'

3. She grew up going to Ascot...

'My school was right down the road from Ascot so everyone went from school. Our school used to approve the outfits and say ‘no you can’t wear that you have to change’. So I’ve grown up going to Ascot. It’s really fun – I love seeing the outfits and the amazing hats.'

4. Her favourite ever Ascot outfit...

'I wore a really pretty lavender dress one year when I was a teenager. I managed to find a pretty simple lavender dress which I paired with a blue hat. I don’t know what happened to it. It was a really cute dress that actually. Oh man, I could have taken it to designer alterations and got it made to fit me again.'

5. Make sure you can stay up in your shoes...

'I usually wear wedges, because I have a tendency to sink. You don’t want to end up taking your shoes off half way through. I think you have to be comfortable and know you can be up all day in them.'

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6. On why the rules at Ascot matter...

'It’s a heritage thing. It’s very English. I think it’s nice to be able to dress up and not feel over dressed. It’s fun and you’re all doing it together. It’s that sense of sameness. In this day and age we like being comfortable and relaxed and we can end up loosing that sense of elegance. What do you get to wear a hat for - weddings and funerals? So it’s such a rare opportunity to get to dress up like that.'

7. On raiding her mum's wardrobe for Ascot...

'I don’t think she’s been or has any hats. She has a couple on the back of her chair - I have a small head, but those don’t go anywhere near! I’ll probably make one or borrow one this year I guess.

8. She will leave planning her Ascot outfit to the last minute...

'I am so last minute and haphazard I’ll probably have a panic two days before and throw things together.'

9. 'Just keep your makeup simple...'

'Beauty wise it’s a daytime event, so keep it simple. You don’t want super heavy eye makeup, so if you can, just keep it fresh. If you’re wearing a really patterned dress the last thing you want is four colours on your eyes and a bright lip and blusher.'

10. On fake tanning for the races...

'I have never used fake tan in my life, I’m just naturally this colour. As soon as I see the sun I go brown immediately – it’s ridiculous. I have to be so careful with tan lines. I have to take off all jewellery and I can’t wear weird strappy things as in five minutes I’ll have tan lines. It’s really annoying!'

 


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