ROYAL ASCOT FASHION EDIT 2016

Royal Ascot is the world’s most famous race meeting. It is a feast for the eyes of all things beautiful and elaborate, a stage for fast horses and fancy hats. The Royal Ascot is held over 5 days in June from Tuesday to Saturday (the 14th to the 18th this year). Some of the most important highlights of the Ascot races include the Golden Jubilee Stakes (run on Saturday) and the Gold Cup (on Thursday). Prize money for the week totals to 6,580,000 pounds!

Every day at the Royal Ascot starts with a horse-drawn procession from Windsor Castle to the Ascot Race Course led by the royal carriage. Her Majesty The Queen, along with other members of the Royal Family, attend all 5 days of racing.

In a world of short hemlines and exposed midriffs, it can be challenging finding an outfit that meets the requirements of formal daywear.  The Royal Enclosure, in particular, has stringent guidelines on how to dress. Hemlines have to be to the knee or longer, dress straps must be more than an inch wide and, of course, absolutely no midriffs. No off-the-shoulder either, and no strapless or halter neck dresses allowed.

Fascinators are not permitted – it’s hats all the way.  Ladies, make sure your hat base coves at least 10cm of your head.  Below are some of my favourite outfit ideas for the Ascot races this year. Want to see what I wore to Royal Ascot in the past? Make sure you check out my story on my afternoon tea with “The Queen”. You can also read up on my guide to the Royal Ascot.

GOAT Camelot Wool-Crepe Dress | Royal Ascot 2016 | Track Mode | races dresses

GOAT Camelot Wool-Crepe Dress

 

Jimmy Choo Abel Patent heels | Royal Ascot 2016 | Track Mode | racing fashion

Jimmy Choo Abel Patent heels

Sweet Shades of Pink by Jill and Jack Millinery | Royal Ascot 2016 | Track Mode | race day hats | millinery

Sweet Shades of Pink by Jill and Jack Millinery

Salvatore Ferragamo Vara Clutch | Royal Ascot 2016 | Track Mode | racing fashion

Salvatore Ferragamo Vara Clutch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dolce & Gabbana Cordonetto Lace Embelished Dress | Royal Ascot 2016 | Track Mode | races dresses

Dolce & Gabbana Cordonetto Lace Embelished Dress

 

ALDO Stessy Pumps | Royal Ascot 2016 | Track Mode | race day outfits

ALDO Stessy Pumps

Philip Treacy Hat | Royal Ascot 2016 | Track Mode | race day hats | millinery

Philip Treacy Hat

GIVENCHY Antigona Clutch | Royal Ascot 2016 | Track Mode | race day outfits

GIVENCHY Antigona Clutch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ERDEM Carmel Floral Print Dress | Royal Ascot 2016 | Track Mode | races dresses

ERDEM Carmel Floral Print Dress

 

Aquazzura Wild Thing Fringe Sandals | Royal Ascot 2016 | Track Mode | race day fashion

Aquazzura Wild Thing Fringe Sandals

Gina Foster Floppy Brim Hat available for hire at The Hat Club London | Royal Ascot 2016 | Track Mode | race day hats | millinery

Gina Foster Floppy Brim Hat available for hire at The Hat Club London

 

See by Chloe Nora Clutch | Royal Ascot 2016 | Track Mode | race day fashion

See by Chloe Nora Clutch

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antonio Berardi Cape Crepe Dress | Royal Ascot 2016 | Track Mode | race day dresses

Antonio Berardi Cape Crepe Dress

Max Mara Baleari Heel | Royal Ascot 2016 | Track Mode | race day fashion

Max Mara Baleari Heel

Emily London Hat available for hire at The Hat Club London | Royal Ascot 2016 | Track Mode | race day hats | fascinators

Emily London Hat available for hire at The Hat Club London

Mimco Hover Clutch | Royal Ascot 2016 | Track Mode | race day fashion

Mimco Hover Clutch

ROKSANDA Dress | Royal Ascot 2016 | Track Mode | race day dresses

ROKSANDA Dress

 

Christian Louboutin Doracora Heels | Royal Ascot 2016 | Track Mode | racing fashion

Christian Louboutin Doracora Heels

Edwina Ibbotson Afternoon Delight | Royal Ascot 2016 | Track Mode | race day hats | millinery

Edwina Ibbotson Afternoon Delight

 

 

Saint Laurent Fuchsia Clutch | Royal Ascot 2016 | Track Mode | race day outfits

Saint Laurent Fuchsia Clutch

 

 

 

 

 

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