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Tips for Dressing at Ascot

By Nicki Treffers - 27 March 2018

Spring has sprung and that means the search for the perfect, rule-abiding outfit for Royal Ascot has commenced. Ascot is a fashion event in and of itself but, one with a twist; there’s a dress code, and it’s strict. As an Ascot devotee myself, I’ve found the challenge of dressing for Ascot both exhilarating and nerve racking. The fear of being rejected as a coat-tailed-clad official, measuring tape in hand, wags a disapproving finger at me because my straps are a centimetre too thin / hemline an inch to short / hat base too skimpy…is enough to make me lose sleep. Then there’s the added fear of seeing the very same dress or hat you trawled the internet / high street for as you join the long queue for the ladies, clutching a glass of warm prosecco…

So, to help my fellow fashionistas in the same position, Finula Crowe at Finique has put together her style guide for Royal Ascot 2018:

Firstly, the dress code for the Royal enclosure is considerably more strict than that of the Queen Anne or Village enclosures.

If you are in the Royal enclosure, straps must be at least an inch wide and lady-like midi length, falling just above or below the knee. Hats must have a 4 inch base at the minimum.

Thankfully the rules for the Queen Anne enclosure relaxed a little last year and my enquiry to Ascott HQ confirms that Shoe-string straps are permitted. Strapless dresses and sheer straps are still a no-go.


In summary:

Royal Enclosure:

  • Straps must be 1 inch or wider
  • Hemline must fall on or below the knee
  • Hats must have a base of 4 inches or more

 Queen Anne Enclosure

  • Shoestring straps permitted but no strapless or off-shoulder
  • Hemline must fall on or below the knee (no minis!!)
  • Fascinators are permitted

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Royal Enclosure

‘Amelia’ dress in Vanilla

Fresh-as-vanilla ice cream dresses with matching hats have long been a favourite of the Royals at Ascot. Our ‘Amelia’ with its see through lace sleeves and peek-a-boo neckline is both elegant and coquettish. Team with our pearl-adorned pillbox hat.

‘Benita’ dress in Cornflower Blue

This dress is both flattering and elegant and the colour suits all skin tones. Pair with nude accessories and a pretty pill-box hat. Available in ivory and black also.

Queen Anne Enclosure

‘Milan’ dress in pink

This floaty pleated number is bang on trend. It comes in pretty pink or sophisticated French Navy. Pair with an ivory hat and nude heels.

‘Camellia’ dress in floral print

This super flattering floral style is perfect for those wishing to take full advantage of the more relaxed dress code which permits ‘Shoe-string straps’. Pair with ivory accessories.

Take a look at our top property perfect for the Ascot lifestyle.

A beautifully presented Grade II listed country home dating back to the 17th century and set within 6.4 acres of grounds (stls). Currently with 3 double bedrooms the property has potential for a 4th bedroom extension (STPP). The property also offers excellent equestrian potential. The formal gardens are an attractive blend of terrace, lawn and shrub borders providing a nice diversity of garden landscape. Adjacent to the gardens, the further 5.9 acres (stls) of mainly paddock, trees and hedging combined with a superb network of neighbouring bridleways provides excellent potential for equestrian use.

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