Royal Ascot Style Guide
Ascot 2021 is on the horizon (15 – 19 June), and the biggest question on everyone’s mind is, of course, ‘what are you wearing?’.
Thankfully, the Royal Ascot 2021 Style Guide has been announced to steer us in the right direction. In keeping with tradition (the prestigious racing event has been running since 1711), there are still some key guidelines to follow.
For example: ladies, it’s important that your dresses and skirts are of modest length in the Royal Enclosure, whilst a hat is a must. Gentlemen must be suited and booted in full morning dress, waistcoat, top hat, tie and all. View the full list of rules and guidelines here. Note: only the Royal and Queen Anne enclosures will open this year due to the current restrictions placed on sporting events.
As with every year, fashion evolves and so too does the Ascot style guide, which this year, in partnership with Swiss watch brand Longines, comprises an abundance of British brands, with a real emphasis on sustainability.
British stylist and ‘queen of thrift’ Bay Garnett was appointed this year to source an array of pre-loved garments from the likes of vintage emporiums and resale sites. Advocating for a more sustainable and eco-conscious way of shopping occasion wear, the style guide – shot by photographer Tom Craig – still features a range of prominent luxury brands, from Chanel to Saint Laurent, sported alongside vintage stores and charity shops.
‘Royal Ascot is one of the most glamorous and traditional events of British sporting life. To have an opportunity to bring second hand into this context was very exciting and I jumped at the chance!,’ says Garnett. ‘This is exactly the sort of event that can change the perception around second hand clothes. I hope that this year’s Style Guide shows that by buying second hand, it is not only a better choice for the environment but is also a way to dress in a fun, individual and stylish way.’
Royal Ascot Style Guide 2021 Highlights
Images created in conjunction with C&TH Fashion Director Nicole Smallwood and photographer Rachell Smith. Royal Ascot will be held from 15-19 June 2021; ascot.co.uk
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