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What to Wear to Ascot: Women

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. 2017’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 ‘Manolete’, £845

Emily London 'Manolete', £845

This elegant piece with silk attributes is the perfect choice for the Royal Enclosure.

Lock & Co Hatters ‘Heirloom’, £745

Lock & Co Hatters 'Heirloom', £745

Elegant and petite, the Heirloom hat perches on the head and will go with most outfits, thanks to its neutral colour scheme.

Read the Rules: The 2019 Ascot Style Guide

The Non-Dress

For the fashion forward and those feeling bold we suggest:

Diane Von Furstenberg Satin-trimmed velvet jumpsuit, £635

Diane Von Furstenberg Satin-trimmed velvet jumpsuit, £635

This blue velvet jumpsuit is smart and sophisticated and makes a great canvas for accessorising.

Seren Gee jumpsuit, £725

Seren Gee jumpsuit, £725

Business in the front, party in the back as they say. Comfortable and easy to wear, this summer jumpsuit is both sweet and sexy with ruffled sleeves, a high neckline and a low back.

The Classics

Want to plump for a classic dress for Royal Ascot? Push some boundaries with our top picks for 2019…

Temperley London Finale Necktie Dress, £1,495

Temperley London Finale Necktie Dress, £1,495

With a flattering sillhouete and interesting pistachio colour, this dress, inspired by vintage racing cars, is delicate and graceful.

Zimmermann Verity Plunge Long Dress, £595

Wear it to Ascot and then to all the summer weddings. This floaty long dress will breezily see you through the busy days at the races and won’t sit in the wardrobe gathering dust afterwards.

Rixo Miranda in Tulip Spot White Blue, £265


Rixo Miranda in Tulip Spot White Blue, £265

Another investment purchase that can be worn long after the races. Rixo’s blue and white dotty midi dress is lightweight, comfortable and features a sweeheart neckline, one not seen too commonly recently.

Final Touches

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

Cutler and Gross Palladium 1307 Sunglasses, £435


Cutler and Gross 1307 mirrored gold-plated sunglasses

Chances are, the sun will be shining all day long. Block the rays whilst looking good with these pale blue and gold summer shades by Cutler and Gross.

Mark Cross Grace Small Box, £1,840

Mark Cross Grace Small Box, £1,840

Big enough for all your bits, this box bag by Mark Cross comes in many different colourways – but this teal is a real unique piece that’s sure to turn heads.

Jimmy Choo Fetto 65, £595

Jimmy Choo Fetto 65, £595

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 Jimmy Choo kitten heels are just the ticket.


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