An event proudly steeped in tradition of course means that the dress code is no laughing matter. This does vary depending on the area of the course you will be visiting, however, there are some base dress rules that must be followed throughout the entire racecourse.
Gentlemen’s dress code for Royal Ascot
Men must wear a black or grey morning dress with a waistcoat and a top hat throughout the Royal Enclosure, except in a private box. Smart suits are required in the Queen Anne Enclosure, and it absolutely goes without saying that jeans, sportswear and shorts are not permitted anywhere at Royal Ascot.
Ladies’ dress code for Royal Ascot
The fashion at Ascot is world renowned and is just as much the talk of the event as the races. Expect to see ladies in a stunning array of classic formal dress in many beautiful colours, though, as with gentlemen’s dress, there are some rules.
Ladies’ shoulders and midriff should not be on display at Ascot, and shorts are duly not permitted. Strapless or sheer dresses and tops are not permitted, and trousers and jumpsuits must be full length. Branded clothing is also not allowed, nor is fancy dress and novelty clothing.
If you are lucky enough to have secured a place in the Royal Enclosure, expect an even more formal affair with rules stipulating that dresses must fall just above the knee or longer, and that dress straps should have a thickness of at least one inch.
How-to's on hats
Ladies must wear a hat in all enclosures but the Windsor Enclosure. Recent rules have also stated that all headwear, especially that worn inside the Royal Enclosure, must have a diameter of at least four inches so that headpieces aren’t worn in place of a hat. However, this doesn't mean that one has to scrimp on style, the hats at Royal Ascot sometimes turn more heads than the races.