When it comes to your Royal Ascot outfit, conforming to all the dress codes, rules and restrictions can be quite a challenge. This year, for the seventh year in a row, the event has teamed up with renowned stylist and photographer Damian Foxe, in association with Fenwick and Cunard, to bring the dress code of this prestigious event to life.
To illustrate the requirements of four separate enclosures, Foxe looked to designer labels such as Roksanda, Emilia Wickstead and Zimmermann, alongside British high-street greats such as River Island, Debenhams and Coast, offering a great sense of scope for event dressing, whatever your budget.
The four dress codes include the Royal Enclosure, which requires ladies to wear dresses or skirts at or below knee length and hats with a solid base of more than four inches, while gentleman must wear traditional black or grey morning dress. The slightly less formal Queen Anne Enclosure stipulates that ladies must wear a hat at all times and keep shoulders covered, and gentleman must wear matching suits. The Village Enclosure encourages ladies to opt for larger hats and wedges over fascinators and stilettos, and gentlemen are permitted to wear non-matching jackets and trousers. Finally the Windsor Enclosure has a dress code that simply asks guests to dress in a ‘manner as befits a formal occasion’, with no further requirements.
Juliet Slot, chief commercial officer of Ascot Racecourse, commented that, ‘fashion and style are an integral part of the Royal Ascot experience for all of our customers. The annual Style Guide provides our customers with valuable support and inspiration when deciding what to wear. The introduction of style suggestions for the Village and Windsor Enclosures responds to the ever-growing demand from our customers for fashion-forward looks that work for each of the four areas, ensuring every racegoer enjoys this memorable occasion in style.’
Royal Ascot is held from Tuesday 19 to Saturday 23 June 2018. Full dress codes can be viewed online.