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What to Wear to Ascot


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What to Wear to Ascot

Heading to Royal Ascot this year? Don’t forget your hat...

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When it comes to dressing for the season, Ascot is the real show pony. With 305 years of tradition, Ascot has become as much a major fashion event as it is racing. Last year’s addition of the jumpsuit to Ascot’s ‘What to Wear’ was a momentous occasion – the last time such an event took place was 1971 when the trouser suit was allowed. From hats to handbags and everything in-between, take a look at our Ascot musts…

What to Wear to Ascot

The Hats

Let’s start from the top with the all-important hat. Hats are a must have at Ascot, especially if you are in the Royal Enclosure. You can either stick with classic or make more of a statement with an edgier style – the choices are endless. We suggest:

Emily London Pego tilted boater, £785

Emily London Pego tilted boater

This elegant silk-trimmed straw boater is the perfect choice for the Royal Enclosure.

Lock & Co Hatters Fallen Petal Sylvia Fletcher Hat, £925

Lock & Co Hatters Fallen Petal Sylvia Fletcher Hat

This stunning creation of hand-crafted silk flowers is more a piece of art than a hat. The blush colouring is flattering for all skin tones, and will go with most outfits.

Read our full guide to wearing hats at Ascot

The Non-Dress

For the fashion forward and those feeling bold we suggest:

Red Valentino Flared Jumpsuit, £575 

Red Valentino Flared Jumpsuit

This fuchsia ruffled jumpsuit is the perfect combination of feminine sophistication and playful style for a day at the races.

Boutique Moschino Printed stretch-silk jumpsuit, £730 

Boutique Moschino Printed stretch-silk jumpsuit

Add some sartorial flare to proceedings this Royal Ascot and show up wearing this star-print silk stretch jumpsuit by Boutique Moschino, which would look seriously styling paired with an oversized navy hat and heels.

The Classics

Want to plump for a classic dress for Royal Ascot? Push some boundaries with our top picks for 2018…

Temperley London Maze Sleeved Midi Dress, now £906.50

Temperley London Maze Sleeved Midi Dress

This timeless Temperley midi dress gives a really flattering slim silhouette: it’s sure to be an Ascot winner.

& Other Stories All Over Lace Midi, £125

& Other Stories All Over Lace Midi

Mix things up from the usual form-fitting lace midi with this mustard lace wrap dress from & Other Stories. Easy to dress up for Ascot with the right shoes and headwear, or down with sandals for the rest of summer.

Rixo Anna Dress, £305

Rixo Anna Dress

On of the most in-demand brands of S/S ’18, Roxo’s stunning silk dresses are perfect for a day at the races, and this pretty polkadot version has a pleasing Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman at the polo vibe.

Favourbrook Belgravia Coat in pale blue, £1,150

Favourbrook Belgravia Coat in pale blue

Finish your outfit perfectly with Favourbrook’s pale blue embroidered jacket with button detailing.

Final Touches

For the finishing touches pair your Ascot-worthy outfit with these accessories:

Saint Laurent Loulou Heart Glasses, £265

Saint Laurent Loulou Heart Glasses

Why so serious? No matter how many losers you back, these playful heart shades are sure to bring a smile to your face.

Jill Haber Charles Rainbow Box Bag, £960

Jill Haber Charles Rainbow Box Bag

Big enough for your phone, lipstick and all your winnings. And pretty enough to serve as your own personal rainbow should the weather rain on your parade.

Roberto Festa Block Heel Pump, £171

Roberto Festa Block Heel Pump

A day at the races is no time to trial-run your new stilettos; you’ll want something simply chic and comfortable with just a hint of elevation to help you see over the sea of top hats. These Roberto Festa block heels are just the ticket.

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