The racing season triggers fashion panic amongst those of us who do not regularly attend formal events, and trust me, there is no exception if you are a fashion editor. When Goodley PR kindly invited me to Royal Ascot this season, I had a mini meltdown about what to wear.

Luckily, this season Royal Ascot has issued clear and concise dress code rules and regulations and they are as follows:

Grandstand Dress Code

  1. A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times
  2. Strapless or sheer strap dresses and tops are not permitted
  3. Trousers must be full length and worn with a top that adhere to the guidelines above
  4. Jackets and pashminas may be worn but dresses and tops underneath should comply with Grandstand dress code
  5. Midriffs must be covered
  6. Shorts are not permitted

With the Royal Enclosure stating these additional requirements:

Royal Enclosure Dress Code
  • Dresses and skirts should be of modest length defined as falling just above the knee or longer
  • Dress and tops should have straps of one inch of greater
  • Trouser suits are welcome. They should be full length and of matching material and colour
  • Fascinators are no longer permitted in the Royal Enclosure. Hats should be worn; a headpiece which has a base of 4 inches or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat.
A big thank you to Goodley PR for such a wonderful day.
And so to the fashion…

Dress, Nocturne at

Headpiece, Piers Atkinson

Filming for Royal Ascot TV and Vogue TV