How to dress for Royal Ascot - The Inside Pocket

A winning look on any ticket.

HOW TO DRESS FOR ROYAL ASCOT

A WINNING LOOK ON ANY TICKET
• WORDS: C. STEWART

As the centrepiece of the British racing calendar, Royal Ascot is a prestigious event with a strict dress code to match.

The rigidity of the rules varies for the different enclosures, so make sure you get it right trackside with our guide to a winning look on any ticket.

As the most esteemed ticket, it’s essential you get your outfit right. You’re required to wear a three-piece morning dress and a top hat is an absolute must. Black morning suits are the standard, but grey, as shown above, is also acceptable and looks great if the sun is shining.

We predict the double-breasted waistcoat as the look of the season – go the extra mile by picking one in a summery shade. Our pastel selection will be available in-store and online from April.

Ties (never cravats) are the accepted neckwear. Keep it sophisticated with a silk tie in a floral print or a simple splash of block colour rather than anything too showy – this is definitely not the time for ill-gifted novelty-wear. Shoes must be black and you’d do well to give them a serious polish.

If ease is your priority, hire your Royal Ascot outfit in-store or online from £57. We’ve got several dress code-approved options including our exclusive Royal Ascot morning suit. Specially designed for the British summer, it’s crafted from luxurious pure new wool that’ll keep you warm on an overcast day, but also keep you cool if the sun does decide to shine.

Not got a pass to the Royal Enclosure? There’s plenty of action to be had elsewhere: the Queen Anne Enclosure gives you access to the Grandstand and the surrounding lawns with restaurants and bars.

Dress wear is not essential, but you will see lots of men still plump for the full morning suit. It’s not often you get to dress up like this, so feel free to go all out.

Otherwise, the rules say you need to wear a matching suit with a shirt and tie. If you decide against morning dress, our pick is a tailored three-piece in breathable pure wool with a silk tie and polished lace-up shoes.

Boasting brilliant views of the race, the Village Enclosure’s pop-up restaurants and bars have a party atmosphere with live DJs and bands continuing the day’s soundtrack into the night.

The dress code is more relaxed so you don’t have to wear a full suit. That means more opportunity to style some tailored separates together. Match the Village’s relaxed atmosphere with a linen double-breasted jacket layered over a chambray shirt.

You do still need to wear a tie here, though – a knitted one will work well with the other tactile fabrics. Finally, brown leather derbies are smart but feel a touch more casual than Oxfords.

Right in the action, the Windsor Enclosure is perhaps the most accessible way to be part of this famous event, but you’ll still enjoy a great atmosphere and the sight of the horses sprinting down the straight mile.

No formal dress code applies here, though you’re still encouraged to dress smartly. It’s a rare occasion for most of us to attend such a glamorous event, so we advise grabbing the opportunity to wear something sharp.

A neatly tailored jacket will work well for the occasion teamed with smart chinos and a crisp shirt. This tweed one’s sage shade feels fresh paired with white. You can skip the tie here but we suggest you tuck in a patterned pocket square for a final styling flutter.