So you've got your ticket to the Royal Ascot, but this is when the hard part starts. Of course we're talking about finding the perfect outfit. The Ascot dress code is notoriously difficult to navigate - how short is too short? Will you be turned away for wearing a fascinator? Does your man really need to wear a top hat?
Back in 2012 the Ascot dress code tightened up with fashion police patrolling the racecourse for offendors. But these police actually give you a gift if you are caught breaking the rules, as they are armed with hampers full of fascinators, shawls and ties. This year's dress code has just been released and the folks at Ascot have shared with us a super chic video explaining what you can and can't do.
Plus they have put together a number of fabulous looks (all in the gallery above), which show that knee length doesn't have to be boring. The Eliza Doolittle look gets an update, with Ascot-appropriate frocks by the likes of John Rocha, Fendi and Reem Juan. They also show you how to do a suit the Ascot way, with a printed Jaeger suit with oversized Sarah Cant hat.
Royal Enclosure dress code: The Dos
- Dresses and skirts falling just above the knee or longer
- Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch or greater
- Jackets and pashminas may be worn but dresses and tops underneath must still comply with the dress code
- Trouser suits are welcome. They must be of full length and matching material and colour
- Hats should be worn. A headpiece with a base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is an acceptable alternative.
The Royal Enclosure Dress Code: The Don'ts
- Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not permitted.
- Midriffs must be covered.
- Fascinators and headpieces which do not have a base covering a sufficient area are not permitted.
Men in the Royal Enclosure should wear a black or grey morning suit with a top-hat.
Royal Ascot runs from the 17th- 21st June www.ascot.co.uk