Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot 2017 will take place from Tuesday 20th June to Saturday 24th June.

It is not only the world’s most famous race meeting, but also the most glamorous.  It is one of the highlights of the British social calendar and steeped in tradition, heritage and pageantry, it dates back 300 years.

A fashion show like no other, where designer creations & millinery masterpieces reach the greatest heights!

The official dress code below is designed to help racegoers dress appropriately for the occasion.

ROYAL ENCLOSURE DRESS CODE

Ladies

Ladies are kindly reminded that formal daywear is a requirement in the Royal Enclosure, defined as follows:

  • Dresses and skirts should be of modest length defined as falling just above the knee or longer
  • Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch or greater
  • Jackets and pashminas may be worn, but the dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Royal Enclosure dress code
  • Trouser suits are welcome. They should be full length and of matching material and colour
  • Hats should be worn; a headpiece which has a base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat

Ladies are kindly asked to note the following:

  • Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not permitted
  • Midriffs must be covered
  • Fascinators are no longer permitted; neither are headpieces which do not have a base covering a sufficient area of the head (4 inches / 10cm)

Gentlemen

Gentlemen are kindly reminded that it is a requirement to wear black or grey morning dress, which must include.

  • A waistcoat and tie (no cravats)
  • A black or grey top hat
  • A gentleman may remove his 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 (with, for example, coloured ribbons or bands) is not permitted in the Royal Enclosure
  • Black shoes

Girls

Girls (aged 10-16) should dress for a formal occasion. Smart summer dresses are suggested. Hats, headpieces and fascinators may be worn but are not compulsory.

Boys

Boys (aged 10-16) should dress in accordance with the gentlemen’s dress code, or may wear a dark-coloured lounge suit with a shirt and tie (no hat required).

Overseas visitors

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 Service Dress or equivalent.

 

GRANDSTAND ADMISSION

Grandstand Admission racegoers have the choice to follow the dress code for the Grandstand or that of the Royal Enclosure.

Ladies

Ladies within the main Grandstand Enclosure are encouraged to dress in a manner as befits a formal occasion.

  • A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times
  • Strapless or sheer strap dresses and tops are not permitted
  • Trousers must be full length and worn with a top that adheres to the guidelines above (i.e. strapless or sheer strap tops are not permitted)
  • Jackets and pashminas may be worn but dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Grandstand Admission dress code
  • Midriffs must be covered
  • Shorts are not permitted

Gentlemen

Gentlemen are required to wear a suit with a shirt and tie.

Girls

Girls (17 or under) should be dressed for a formal occasion. Smart summer dresses are suggested. Hats, headpieces and fascinators may be worn but are not compulsory.

Boys

Boys aged (13-17) should wear a suit or jacket with a shirt and a tie. Younger boys (12 or under) should be dressed smartly but are not required to wear a jacket or tie.