The dress code at Royal Ascot varies depending on which enclosure you find yourself in. But no matter where you are most attendees opt to dress up in smart attire. Fashion and tradition are more important at Royal Ascot than at any other meeting in the calendar year and there are various ‘best dressed’ competitions running throughout the four days! Royal Ascot dress code is synonymous with elegance and is a major fashion event in its own right.
Windsor Enclosure Dress Code
The cheapest enclosure formerly known as the ‘Silver Ring’ doesn’t have much of a stringent dress code, especially compared to the other two enclosures. There are a few rules though that are relevant for any section of Ascot Racecourse – there is strictly no fancy dress and certainly no football replica shirts aloud. So if you were contemplating matching up your MK Dons away shirt with Elvis Presley sparkly trousers – I’d advise against it.
Queen Anne Enclosure Dress Code
The Queen Anne Enclosure dress code is a different matter however. In the second most expensive area at Royal Ascot 2018:
- Required to wear a full suit and tie at all times.
- The rules are slightly more stringent for females who are asked to dress for a formal occasion.
- A Hat, fascinator or headpiece must be worn at all times.
- Strapless dresses are not permitted.
- Trousers must be full length.
- Midriffs must be covered at all times.
- Children must also be dressed for a formal occasion, a summer dress is recommended for girls.
- Boys aged 13-16 must be wearing a suit, younger children don’t have to wear a suit but must be dressed for a formal occasion.
Royal Enclosure Dress Code
The big daddy of dress codes, feared all around and 100% the most stringent there is. The most prestigious enclosure in the world has some bizarre, incredibly strict dress codes that must be stuck to at all times:
- All males must wear formal grey or black morning dress including a waistcoat and tie (no cravats), a black or grey top hat and black shoes.
- A gentleman may remove his top hat within a restaurant, a private box, a private club or that facility’s terrace, balcony or garden. Hats may also be removed within any enclosed external seating area within the Royal Enclosure Garden.
- The customisation of top hats is strictly forbidden.
- Formal daywear is a requirement of the Royal Enclosure.
- Dresses must fall just above the knee or longer.
- Dresses or tops should have straps of at least an inch.
- Trouser suits must be of the same colour and material.
- Hats should be worn; however a headpiece which has a solid base of 4 inches or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat.
- Fascinators or headpieces without a solid base are not permitted.
- Girls aged 10-17 should adhere to the same rules as the Ladies, however a fascinator may be worn.
- Boys aged 10-17 should adhere to the same dress code as the Gentleman, however can wear a dark coloured lounge suit with a shirt.
- Overseas visitors are welcome to wear the formal national dress of their country or service dress.
Serving Military Personnel
- Serving military personnel are welcome to wear formal serving dress.