A key event in the summer social calendar, Royal Ascot attracts over 300,000 racegoers every year, including foreign sheikhs, celebrity VIPs and members of the world’s most prestigious royal families. It is an event deeply steeped in tradition: each day, guests mingle to cheer the most famous racehorses on the tracks, enjoy a glass of champagne under the sunny skies and watch the Queen and her family open the proceedings in a horse-drawn carriage procession. What to wear is almost more important than the races themselves: with the strictest fashion police of the season ensuring the rules of style are upheld, the tiniest faux pas could see attendees getting banned from accessing the Royal Enclosure – the place where everyone craves to be. Formal daywear is an absolute must but that doesn’t mean it has to be stuffy. With the passing of time, the rules have relaxed enough to allow us ladies to mix timeless pieces with trendy accents for an impeccably classic, Royal Ascot approved look. If you need some inspiration, here are some ideas to get you started:

1. Lace With Attitude

With its romantic patterns and sheer overlays, a lace dress provides the perfect mix of sensuality and modesty. The see-through panels above the decollete and under the knees allow just the tiniest hint of flash to peek through, while the back is left bare. Pair it with a wide-brimmed hat decorated with silver and black crin trim for a Royal Ascot look with attitude.

2. A Touch Of Red

You can never go wrong with a little black dress – it’s a timeless piece that is suitable even for the chicest occasions. To give it the Royal Ascot seal of approval, hide the miniskirt under a full-length lace gown: it’ll allow you to bend the rules and still be admitted to the all prestigious Enclosure. This little black number also features sleeves so long, they double up as gloves. Don’t forget the hat: a red accent on top will break the monochromatic pattern and make you stand out in a crowd.

3. Take A Bow

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Dress by Kelly Simpkin
Hat by Monique Lee
Shoes by Ganor Dominic

If you’re feeling adventurous, why not opt for a full-length gown with a deep V-neck and a backless back? It’s a sensual silhouette that’ll make all heads turn in your direction. This lace piece features contrasting black panels on the long neck to cover your modesty and highlight your silhouette. Balance the look with a wide-brimmed hat complete with a bow – it’s the perfect nod to tradition.

4. White Chic

Nothing says summer like a chic white dress. This beautiful piece beautifully blends tradition with modernity: its full-length Victorian silhouette is a timeless classic while the backless back a contemporary touch that wouldn’t have been allowed only a few short years ago. Finish off the look with a matching hat topped with a long bow – you’ll be the epitome of chic.

Venue by Beckhampton Stables
Sponsored by Highclere Racing Horse

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