31 Beautiful Ascot-Appropriate Dresses For A Day At The Races

Beautiful Ascot-Appropriate Dresses For A Day At The Races
Attended by royalty, celebrities and paparazzi, there’s nowhere more important to be sartorially savvy, and after two years of restrictions and lockdowns, attendees will no doubt be more excited than ever to go all out. 31 Beautiful Ascot-Appropriate Dresses For A Day At The Races

The Royal Ascot is as much about what you wear as it is the races. If you’re lucky enough to be heading there this year, make sure you’ve brushed up on the rules before choosing your all-important outfit.

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The strict dress code includes rules on hem lengths, shoulder straps and headpieces. Everyone is encouraged to dress up for the occasion, but each enclosure has slightly different rules.

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Royal Enclosure dress code

– Dresses and skirts should be a modest length, falling no shorter than just above the knee.

– Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch or more. 

– Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not permitted. 

– Dresses and tops with sheer straps and sleeves are also not permitted.

– Jackets and pashminas may be worn, but tops and dresses underneath should still comply with the dress code. 

– Midriffs must be covered.

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– Hats should be worn; however, a headpiece that has a solid base of four inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat. Fascinators are not permitted.

Beautiful Ascot-Appropriate Dresses For A Day At The Races

Kate Middleton wears Elie Saab at Ascot 2019

Queen Anne Enclosure dress code

– A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times.

– Strapless, off-the-shoulder, Bardot and one-shoulder dresses and tops are not permitted.

– Dresses and tops with sheer straps and sleeves are also not permitted.

– Midriffs must be covered.

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Village Enclosure dress code

– Ladies within the Village Enclosure are encouraged to dress appropriately for a formal outdoor occasion.

– A hat, headpiece, or fascinator should be worn at all times.

– Strapless, off-the-shoulder, Bardot and one-shoulder dresses and tops are not permitted.

– Midriffs must be covered.

Windsor Enclosure dress code

– Whilst attendees are encouraged to wear smart clothes, no formal dress code applies in the Windsor Enclosure except that replica sports shirts are not permitted.

Is there a theme for Ascot 2022?

Similar to last year, there is a focus on sustainability for 2022. As always guests are encouraged to look their very best but have been asked to consider looking in charity shops, boutiques, vintage emporiums and resale websites for their outfits.

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In the official guide, British style icon Greta Bellamacina advises: “Pull things out of your wardrobe that you may not have been daring enough to wear throughout the year.”

Looking for your Ascot-appropriate dress online? We’ve done the work for you and searched for the most stylish options available to order now.

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Beautiful Ascot-Appropriate Dresses For A Day At The Races

Margot apple blossom print maxi dress, L. K. Bennett

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L. K. Bennet’s Royal Ascot collection has an edit of dresses guaranteed to comply with the strict dress codes. The vintage-inspired Margot maxi dress is made from luxurious pink lurex silk and takes inspiration from lavish garden parties in grand English homes.

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Beautiful Ascot-Appropriate Dresses For A Day At The Races

Self-Portrait Pussy-bow pleated lace and chiffon midi dress, Net-a-Porter

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This dreamy dress is by Kate Middleton’s favorite Self-Portrait and is reminiscent of the one she wore to Ascot 2019. It’s made from delicate lace and chiffon in the signature fairytale style.

Beautiful Ascot-Appropriate Dresses For A Day At The Races

Phase Eight Phoebe frill belted maxi dress, John Lewis

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Phase Eight’s chic red maxi dress features a romantic waterfall ruffle, belted waist and frilled sleeves.

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Beautiful Ascot-Appropriate Dresses For A Day At The Races

Lydia Millen cutwork embroidery woven maxi, Karen Millen

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This whimsical maxi dress from Karen Millen features voluminous lace embellished sleeves, a high scallop neck collar and intricate lace trims.

Beautiful Ascot-Appropriate Dresses For A Day At The Races

Love shack fancy Kinsler paneled satin, chiffon and lace maxi dress, Net-A-Porter

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From Love shack fancy’s new collection comes this romantic, vintage-style dress with delicate lace panels and puffed sleeves. It’s cut from satin and chiffon in tonal-pink hues. See page 2 for more Ascot Dresses

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