Royal Enclosure Dress Code

Royal Ascot & the Royal Enclosure Dress Code

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Royal Enclosure Dress Code

Royal Ascot has a firm grip on the dress code reins for both the Royal Enclosure and the Grandstand, so before you go shopping for that special Ladies’ Day outfit, make sure you know the rules.

If you do break them you run the risk of being refused entry.

Royal Enclosure: Formal daywear required.

Think well-groomed glamour and sophistication. Our Firm Fashion Trend Favourites for the Royal Enclosure are Pretty Pastels, Ladylike Lace with a little bet on Shimmering Metallics.

The dress codes you must adhere to are as follows.

Headwear Rule: A hat or a substantial head piece has to be worn at all times. A substantial head piece means that the base is 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter. Fascinators are no longer permitted.

Normally the style rule is to choose the dress first and then to accessorise. Synonymous with glorious and flamboyant hats, Royal Ascot turns this rule on its head with the hat being the Top Attraction.

So if you’re planning on buying an expensive headpiece then work the rest of your outfit around the hat.

It can be a challenge to make a statement in Pretty Pastels, but London-based milliner Alexandra Harper achieves this with her Pinkette headpiece (pictured above). The coolie-style headpiece has hand-stitched beads, pearls and sequins and is softened with veiling and hand tooled silk dupion flowers. All her creations are one-off designs. Price £420. Available here.

Be careful not to take the limelight away from the headpiece by wearing statement earrings.

Shimla’s Fire Ball stud earrings add just a flash of sparkle and a hint of rose colour to complement the Pinkette.

Price £18.50. Available here.


Neckline Rules: No halter necks, strapless gowns, off-the-shoulder or spaghetti straps. Dress straps must be at least one inch wide.

And wearing a jacket or matching bolero over a dress does not count – the actual dress has to follow the guidelines.

Skirt length Rule: No minis or shorts, dress length should be no shorter than just above the knee.

Complying with the neckline and skirt length rule, Kaliko’s pastel blue lace dress also marries the two fashion favourites of Pretty Pastels and Ladylike Lace.

Price was £149 now £119.20. Available here.

Midriff Rules: Definitely no bare midriffs and that also means no midriffs just covered in sheer fabrics.

Cropped tops are a hot trend for this summer but please don’t be tempted. To emulate the trend go for a dress with a cropped overlay such as the floating lace bodice on the chosen Kaliko dress.

Take a shine to these glossy patent court shoes in pastel blue by Dune.

Called Appoint, the shoes cost £65. Available here.


Adding shimmer and glamour to the overall pastel look is the Dune Booms mermaid clutch in a metallic rainbow reptile print.

Price £55. Available here.


Layer up with candy coloured bangles or bracelets. Shimla luxury elite bracelets come in many colours including yellow jade and aquamarine. Price £39 each. Available here.

If you decide to wear trousers then here is the Trouser rule:

Trousers are only allowed if worn as part of a suit. They must be full length, so definitely no shorts or cropped pants. The colour and fabric of the trousers have to match the jacket, i.e. it has to be a true trouser suit.

Note: The top underneath still has to comply with the neckline rules. And definitely No fancy dress, novelty or promotional/branded clothing is allowed in either the Royal Enclosure or Grandstand.

Royal Ascot & the Grandstand Enclosure Dress Code – click here



Karen Grace is the Fashion & Beauty Editor of

She studied Personal Styling at the London College of Fashion and is a registered affiliate member of the Federation of Image Professionals International. You can read more of Karen’s fashion advice at:

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