Royal Ascot, A Pinnacle Summer Event On the Fashion And Racing Calendar
The racing season is in full swing, the bubbly is on ice and the racing cards are at the ready! But what does it take to be on top form? Are you ready to make a fashion statement at Royal Ascot this year? Here are our top style tips for racing enclosure perfection:
Royal Ascot Dress Code
Check the style rules of the course – Royal Ascot have issued a new dress code this year which is quite strict, you can find it on their website. The main points deal with dress length (1 inch above the knee) dimension of dress straps (nothing less than 1 inch), no bare midriffs. Trouser suits are acceptable if they are full length and of matching material and colour. For Royal Ascot hats should be worn (this rule is relaxed at other Ascot race meetings). There is a further change to the rules for hats at Royal Ascot this year. Headpieces must have a base of at least 4 inches (10cm) to be considered acceptable. Effectively this means that traditional fascinators are officially out of favour in the Royal Enclosure at Royal Ascot this year.
Thoughts on Style for Ladies Day at Royal Ascot
Dress appropriately for the weather and the time of year – don’t wear a sundress if it’s cold and wet – and be prepared to wear a different outfit at the last minute if the weather is unseasonably wet, cold or hot. Wearing a sundress in the rain or woollies in hot sun is NEVER going to look stylish. The Grand National is proof of the former. The weather so far this summer has been unpredictable to say the least. Hopefully Royal Ascot will see better weather!
Competition to look well turned out is high on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot so some careful planning is required. However it is important to find your own style and learn what suits your size and shape, don’t be tempted to copy what other women wear or be a slave to fashion. In the fashion stakes at Royal Ascot so many ladies overdo it and I think some of the better outfits are those that are simple and stylish and that don’t try too hard!
Our most important recommendation is to buy the size that fits you properly! If you do this you will look slimmer! If you squeeze yourself into something this is a size too small you will actually look larger than you are. Don’t get hung up on a size number. Designers all interpret sizes differently and we take this into account when sizing the collections that we present at Vida Moda.
Going to the races and Royal Ascot in particular is an opportunity to get dressed up for a glorious day out and it is a great opportunity to experiment with colour and flamboyance – but all whilst being demure. Why not browse the collection of summer dresses for Royal Ascot at Vida Moda for Royal Ascot and other race meetings
Practical Tips for Ladies attending Royal Ascot and other summer race meetings
Fake tan. It’s a choice only you can make. If you must indulge, get a spray tan at least 3 days before the big event. Only go two shades darker, anything more and you risk ‘orangerie’. Read my previous post about Fake Tan.
Don’t worry about the price of an outfit – it doesn’t matter if it’s £50 or £500, matters most is that it fits you perfectly and looks great.
Always wear tights or stockings if you’re donning a tailored outfit – no matter how tanned your legs are, bare pins simply aren’t demure enough.
Keep it simple – classic styles and staple colours such as cream never date.
Accessorise – wear sunglasses on a sunny day or a pair of beautiful gloves and a matching umbrella which co-ordinate with your Royal Ascot outfit in cool conditions.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match – I’ll often wear the jacket of one outfit with the dress from another if they look great together. I don’t believe in wearing something once then getting rid of it.
If you want to score in the style stakes, a hat or headpiece really is a must when it comes to racing etiquette, particularly on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot. But please do be sensible, find something that goes with your outfit and don’t forget a gorgeous but simple summer hat could really set off your outfit and make a statement far more than an elaborate headpiece.
Are your nails neat and tidy? Is your hair sleek and styled? If you’re not well groomed it won’t matter how fabulous your outfit is.
Don’t wear heels you can’t walk comfortably in – you won’t look stylish if you’re hobbling around all day or end up barefoot.