How to Dress for Ascot

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Summer is here and with it comes lots of seasonal events providing excuses to treat yourself to a new outfit especially for occasions. Ascot is one of the most renowned style events of the British Summer, so we thought it time to swot up on the all-important rules for super stylish dressing at the racecourse! All of us at The Dressing Room are trained stylists and always love helping find the perfect outfit for every occasion. Contact us to book a specific Style by Appointment where we can help you style the perfect Summer occasion outfit. 


We have a variety of suitable outfits, both Dresses and Jumpsuits that will work perfectly for Ascot, while considering all of the important rules. . .   


Royal Enclosure

Formal daywear is required here. Dresses and skirts need to fall just above the knee or longer and straps need to be at least an inch wide. Jackets and shawls are permitted but the dress or top beneath still need to comply with the length and width rules. Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not permitted.

Trouser suits are also an option but must be matching in both colour and material. 

Hats are compulsory, and a headpiece is a lovely alternative but they must have a solid base of 10cm or more in diameter to be accepted.


Queen Anne Enclosure

Previously known as The Grandstand Enclosure, The Queen Anne Enclosure is a little more flexible with rules.

The dress code is still very much formal, but no specifications for strap thickness or hem length need be adhered to. However, completely strapless or sheer strap dresses are not allowed, and a hat, headpiece or fascinator should always be worn.

The same rules apply with regards to trouser suits and shorts are not permitted.


Windsor Enclosure

Previously known as The Silver Ring, the since named Windsor Enclosure does not prescribe any formal dress codes. However racegoers are encouraged still to dress formally.

 With new deliveries arriving daily both in store and online, we have options for all upcoming Summer events – why not watch our Occasion Wear video with Deryane and Amy on The Dressing Room TV?