How to style your 2019 Royal Ascot outfit

Anyone who has attended the Royal Ascot knows that the rules are strict when it comes to dress code.

Synonymous with sartorial elegance, all guests are expected to come dressed in their finest garments, adhering to the requirements of the traditional event and as the years have gone on, this has meant incorporating some high fashion staples.

Royal Ascot outfit

This year, the Royal Ascot has once again teamed up with Cunard to curate the ultimate style guide for the lucky guests attending the event this June. And whether you’re an Ascot regular or it is your first time, they’re here to advise and inspire you.

From monochrome dressing and statement bows, to tailoring for women, there is something for everyone within the new Spring/Summer 2019 Ascot trends. So, here are just a few ideas on what you can wear…

What to wear to Ascot: Royal Enclosure

For the Royal Enclosure, ladies are required to wear formal day wear. This means dresses and skirts should be of modest length (falling just above the knee or longer), all tops and dresses must have straps of one inch or greater, meaning no trapless, off the shoulder, halter neck or spaghetti straps allowed. Midriffs must be covered and pashminas and jackets can be worn.

Trouser suits are also welcome, given they are matching colour and material, and jumpsuits are also allowed. Finally,  hats must be worn but headpieces which have a solid base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter are also acceptable as alternatives.

Here’s how to style an outfit that abides by all the rules:


  Bow Neck Conduit Dress, £2850, Suzannah



Danielle shoe, £475, Malone Souliers


Philip Treacy

 OC 549, £1350, Philip Treacy

What to wear to Ascot: Queen Anne Enclosure

Similar rules apply for ladies with the Queen Anne Enclosure as they too must have straps of one inch or greater on all dresses and tops, must only wear full length trouser suits (of matching colour and material) and jumpsuits, cover midriffs and wear hats.

Here’s how to style an outfit that abides by all the rules:

alessandra rich

 Gown With Crystal Buttons, £2,545, Alessandra Rich

Jimmy Choo

Annabell 85, £695, Jimmy Choo  


Beverley Edmondson Millinery

Cream Knotted Hat with Detail and Veiling, £200, Beverley Edmondson Millinery

What to wear to Ascot: Windsor Enclosure

Unlike the others, there is no official dress code for the Windsor Enclosure. However, guests are still encouraged to dress in smart daywear, with ladies wearing formal attire including hats or fascinator.

Here’s how to style an outfit that abides by all the rules:


PP Betty dress, Primrose Park London, £159,


Justine Bradley Hill

Helena Hat, £285, Justine Bradley Hill

What to wear to Ascot: Village Enclosure

Once again, the same rules apply for ladies with Village Enclosure. However, a grassed area and ladies should consider their hat size and shoe accordingly.

Here’s how to style an outfit that abides by all the rules:

 Jacket, £2,700, Shirt, £800 Trousers, £1,700, Delpozo

Awon Golding Millinery

Regatta, £480, Awon Golding Millinery