Racing Season 2024: What To Wear To Royal Ascot

By Charlie Colville

3 weeks ago

The only thing more exciting than the race itself is the racegoer fashion


Heading to Ascot this year? The races are just around the corner – and so is the raceday fashion. If you still haven’t put together your outfit (or find yourself muddled by the various enclosure dress codes), then read on. Here’s what to wear to Royal Ascot 2024.

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When Is Royal Ascot?

This year, Royal Ascot takes place between Tuesday 18 and  Saturday 22 June 2024.

Is There A Dress Code?

Each enclosure at Royal Ascot has its own dress code, ranging from strictly formal to slightly more relaxed formal attire. You can read our guide to the different enclosures below:

Woman standing with tower of baskets | what to wear to royal ascot

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Royal Enclosure

This is the most formal of enclosures, and requires its visitors to dress in ‘formal daywear’.

Womenswear Dos

  • Dresses or skirts of a modest length that fall at least below the knee
  • Shoulder straps of one inch or wider
  • Hats with a solid base of four inches or greater
  • Full-length trouser suits, in a matching material and colour
  • Full-length jumpsuits

Womenswear Don’ts

  • Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps
  • Dresses and tops with sheer straps and sleeves
  • Midriff must be covered

Queen Anne Enclosure

The dress code isn’t as strict in the Queen Anne enclosure, but there are still rules that visitors are expected to follow.

Womenswear Dos

  • Wear a hat, headpiece or fascinator at all times
  • Full-length trouser suits
  • Full-length jumpsuits

Womenswear Don’ts

  • Strapless and sheer dresses and tops
  • Shorts
  • Midriffs must be covered
Man and woman in suits | what to wear to royal ascot

(c) James Robjant

Village Enclosure

Again, the rules relax a bit more with the next enclosure.

Womenswear Dos

  • Wear a hat, headpiece or fascinator at all times
  • Full-length trouser suits
  • Full-length jumpsuits

Womenswear Don’ts

  • Strapless and sheer dresses and tops
  • Shorts
  • Midriffs must be covered

Windsor Enclosure

This enclosure takes the most casual approach to the dress code – in fact, there isn’t even an official dress code for the Windsor Enclosure, meaning visitors have a little more freedom when it comes to their outfit for the day.

Womenswear Dos

  • Smart daywear
  • Fascinator

Womenswear Dont’s

  • Novelty dress or costume

The Lookbook

Still not sure what to wear to Royal Ascot? Luckily for racegoers, this year Royal Ascot has take onboard designer Daniel w. Fletcher to help hone its Lookbook, an inspiration guide featuring a edit of outfits for the big event. You can check it out (and find some inspiration) here.

What To Wear To Royal Ascot 2024


Ascot Dresses

Woman in pink dress | what to wear to royal ascot

Emilia Wickstead

Mandevilla Dress (UK Size 12), rent from £110

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Blue floral dress | what to wear to royal ascot

The Vampire's Wife

Vilanelle Dress (Multiple Sizes), rent from £79.40

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Blue dress | what to wear to royal ascot

Sassi Holford

Cheltenham Dress, £1,395

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Yellow dress | what to wear to royal ascot

Beulah London

Edie Lemon Dress, £770

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Tailoring

Green blazer

The Deck

The Double Breasted Jacket, £1,495

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Green trousers

The Deck

The Wide Leg Trouser, £795

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Red blazer

Holland Cooper

Double Breasted Blazer, £549

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Woman in red suit

Holland Cooper

High Waisted Peg Trouser, £299

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Hats & Fascinators

Pink fascinator

Other Designers

Edwina Ibbotson Pink Woven Hat, £625

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Black fascinator

Snoxell

Feathers Fascinator, £100

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Straw hat

Jess Collett Milliner

Rita Hat, £995

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Blue hat

Lock & Co.

Verbena Pale Blue Pillbox Hat, £945

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Accessories

Navy bag

Lalage Beaumont

Coppelia Bag In Navy, £495

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Black gloves

Cornelia James

India Tulle Gloves, £135

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Pearl bead bag

Shrimps

Antonia Bag, rent from £48.30

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Earrings

Sophie Breitmeyer

Rose Cut Diamond Halo Drops, £410

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Featured image: James Robjant