Royal Ascot Dress Code 2018 Guide
2018 Royal Ascot dates are 19th June to 23rd June 2018. As one of the UK’s biggest sporting events, we have a huge number of you every year hiring dresses for ascot – following the strict code that guests in the Royal Enclosure must adhere to.
If you have tickets to Ascot this year, choose your outfit with the Ascot dress hire code in mind and get in touch with one of our stylists who can send you a list of dress suggestions in your size, and generally assist in finding you the perfect Races dress hire for the day.
Royal Ascot dress code varies slightly depending on which enclosure you have tickets for.
The Royal Enclosure has the strictest, most formal, and most traditional dresses for the Races code.
Ladies must wear formal daywear with the following restrictions:
• Dresses for the races or skirts that fall to the knee or longer
• Straps must be at least one inch wide (spaghetti straps, halter neck, strapless, and off the shoulder styles are not permitted)
• Jackets and pashminas may be worn
• Full-length trouser suits of matching colour and material may be worn
• Full-length, to the ankle jumpsuits may be worn
• Either a hat or a headpiece with a diameter of at least 4 inches should be worn (fascinators and other headpieces that do not meet this requirement are not permitted).
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Gentlemen must wear a black or grey morning suit including:
• A waistcoat and tie (cravats are not permitted)
• A black or grey top hat
• Black shoes with socks
• Top hats must be worn except inside restaurants, private boxes, and enclosed external seating areas
• Customisation of top hats is not permitted
Overseas visitors and military personnel are welcome to wear service dress or National dress.
Queen Anne Enclosure and Village Enclosure
The rules are relaxed a little in terms of hemlines, straps, and headwear for the Queen Anne Enclosure and Village Enclosure. Ladies should dress for a formal outdoor event and keep the following dress for the races code in mind:
• A hat, headpiece, or fascinator should be worn Hat hire
• Strapless dresses, off the shoulder dresses, one-shoulder dresses and Bardot style tops and dresses are not permitted
• Trouser suits and jumpsuits must be full length and not of the restricted styles for tops and dresses
• Midriffs should be covered
• Shorts are not permitted
• Wedges are recommended instead of stilettos for practicality reasons.
Gentlemen should wear a suit with shirt and tie (not a bowtie or cravat). Suit trousers and jacket should match. Shorts, trainers, and shorts are not permitted.
Girls aged 17 and under should be dressed formally in a smart summer dress for the races or similar and hats are not compulsory.
Boys aged 13 – 16 should wear a suit or jacket with shirt and toy but younger boys do not need to wear a jacket or tie as long as they are dressed smartly.
The Windsor Enclosure has the least restrictive dress code for Ascot but guests are asked to dress smartly for a formal occasion with a hat for the races or fascinator for Ascot for ladies and a jacket, shirt, and long trousers for men.