Royal Ascot is the time to raise your dapper stakes to the limit and show off your impeccable style. However you do need to adhere to the dress codes for each enclosure.
For gentlemen, the Royal Enclosure is more about uniformity, elegance and tradition, rather than standing out from the crowd.
Morning suits and top hats are obligatory. The morning suit must be black or grey and worn with a waistcoat and tie (no bow ties or cravats). The morning suit must be either black or grey. Black morning coat is worn with striped trousers whilst the trousers for the grey morning coat should match the coat in colour and fabric, like a suit.
The top hat must be black or grey and NO customisation is permitted. But then why would you want to mess with perfection?
Shoes must be black and socks worn to cover the ankles. Black oxfords are the most formal especially when highly polished.
You can either hire or buy your morning suit and top hat.
To hire, Oliver Brown (one of the Official Licensees for Royal Ascot) offers a package starting from £200 which includes morning coat, trousers, waistcoat in either in either buff or grey and top hat.
The waistcoat can be a different colour if you are prepared to purchase one. However keep the colour subtle with pastel shades of pinks, yellows, blues and lilacs. Choose matte wool over shiny satin for a classic look.
Model One (below) is wearing double breasted yellow wool waistcoat featuring a shawl collar, contrasting piping, mother of pearl buttons and cream lining. Price £225, also available in royal blue, mauve and green.
Model Two is wearing double breasted wool waistcoat in yellow with a peak collar. Price £155.
Model Three is wearing single breasted wool waistcoat in Royal Blue with contrast piping. Price £225.
A crisp white shirt with double cuffs is traditional. However a pale coloured shirt (plain or striped) is also acceptable but the collar and cuffs should still be white.
Model Three is wearing Royal Ascot silk tie in parma and pearl. Price £65 with 5% of the profits from the sale going to the Injured Jockeys Fund.
Whilst Model One wears the sky and pearl colour with Mother of Pearl tie pin. Tie pin price £125.
Shoes must be black and socks worn to cover the ankles. Black oxfords are the most formal especially when highly polished. Model is wearing Elgin black leather cap oxfords hand crafted in Northamptonshire by Loake. Price £175.
Remember for the grey morning suit, the trousers and waistcoat should match like a suit. Below, the model is wearing Oliver Brown plain grey wool coat (£495) with matching waistcoat (£155) and trousers (£195), a formal pink collarless shirt with double cuffs and in two fold pure cotton (£89) worn with white starched Cameron collar (£15) navy silk tie with pink spots (£35) and antique silk top hat.
Queen Anne Enclosure
A full length suit with jacket and trousers of the same colour and pattern is obligatory.
Shirt and a tie must be worn (bow ties or cravats not allowed) and socks must be worn and should cover the ankle. Trainers are NOT permitted.
A light double breasted suit will subtly stand out from the crowd of dark single breasted suits. Havana double breasted sand suit is in pure S120’s wool by the Vitale Barberis Canonico mill in Italy and features a broad peak lapel and patch pockets.
Price £379 from Suit Supply.
Worn here with brown silk tie. £29.
Dark grey wool pocket square with laced edging. £29.
Grey stripe shirt in Egyptian cotton with a curved cutaway collar. £79.
Jacket, full length trousers, collared shirt and tie must be worn. Socks must be worn and should cover the ankle.
Jeans, trainers and shorts are not permitted.
In sky blue with check jacket and plain waistcoat and trouser. Jacket is two buttoned single breasted with slim notched lapels, side vents and straight flap side pockets.
Worn here with black oxford shoe. £99.95.
Tapered fit cotton shirt in white. Also available in sky blue and pink £55.
Linen silk geometric tie in dark blue £28.
In the Windsor Enclosure you are encouraged to wear jacket, collared shirt and full length trousers. Fancy dress, novelty and branded or promotional clothing are NOT permitted.
It’s the summer so go for a light coloured jacket such like this cotton blend jacket in sky blue jacquard design from Remus Uomo. Price £199.
Also available in dusky pink and navy.
Worn here with white tapered fit cotton shirt with button down collar and French front. Contrast buttons and subtle pattern on inner collar stand, inner cuff and inner upper placket. No tie required in this enclosure. Price £49.99
Also available in sky blue and dusky pink.
Worn with X slim fit cotton stretch chinos in dark blue. Price £75.
Also available in light blue, light green and light grey.
Nubuck leather sneaker in navy with white synthetic sole. Price £85.