Dressing accordingly is an essential part of Royal Ascot Races. Whether you're enjoying the day from the Royal Enclosure or Grandstand (renamed for 2016 as the Queen Anne Enclosure), there's a strict dress code for both ladies and gentleman, to maintain high standards and tradition at the Berkshire racecourse.
Want to be sure your hat choice is fashion forward? Once you have your tickets booked, start planning your outfit right there and then! Your Royal Ascot outfit can be fun and full of character, less matchy matchy than a Mother of the Bride or wedding guest outfit would be. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your colour accents, and build a punchy outfit you wouldn’t normally wear for a formal event. Read the "Hatista's" Tips and Advice on what to wear to Royal Ascot, comply with the Ascot Style Guide, Dress Code rules and turn heads.
Find the prospect of having to wear a hat daunting? Need tips on finding hats to suit your face shape? Read the "Hatista's" tips.
If you are petite, don't wear super wide hats. If you are tall wear short crowns.... Need help finding hats to fit your frame? Read the "Hatista's" tips
“Guess what's just opened in Ascot? Our first hat shop. For crying out loud, how come no one's thought to do this before? More behatted heads than anywhere else in the world descend upon Ascot for five days every year and ladies of a certain disposition will always be prone to an additional purchase. It's so blindingly obvious, it's almost annoying. It just proves that a lot of the time you can make hard work out of looking for the next best thing when it might be right under your nose all the time. Helmet shop in Silverstone, anyone? Or if you really want to make a killing, a pasty and tea shop combined - and as close to my front door as possible.“
“My wife has never been that fond of hats, so that's something she's had to go out and find, and I think she's chosen very well.“