Social Calendar May 22, 2015 – Posted in: Ascot, Hats, Shoes – Tags: , , ,

For many June means one thing – a day at the races. Royal Ascot is from 16th to 20th June 2015 with Ladies Day falling on the Thursday.

Did you know that the very first race at Ascot Racecourse, Her Majesty’s Plate, was held in 1711 after Queen Anne saw the potential for horse racing? Fast forward three hundred years and the Royal Family are still in attendance annually. The first bet at Royal Ascot is on the colour of the Queen’s outfit.

Royal Ascot is synonymous with sartorial elegance and adherence to the dress codes ensures the occasion is heralded as a major fashion event. The dress code is traditional with gentlemen still dressing according to the sense of style dictated by Beau Brummell at the turn of the nineteenth century.

From planning to the excitement of the tickets arriving, there is always one thing on our minds – what to wear.

The dress code for ladies varies according to which part of the racecourse you have tickets for. This may cause some sartorial headaches but allows us plenty of opportunities to try on various outfits and headgear and that’s before we look at shoes and bags. Such fun!

Think elegant. Think chic. And if all else fails, think Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady. Who can ever forget that Cecil Beaton creation? It may be fifty years ago but…………

Bringing the monochrome look up to date is Nicole Kidman (and the lady behind her too!). This fabulous shift dress is winter white with a black trim and by Chanel. Team this with a monochrome bag and fabulous hat and you’ll certainly turn heads.

So before we waste time, energy and potentially money on our outfits here is a brief guide to the Ascot dress code for 2015

Royal Enclosure:
Dresses must fall just above the knee or longer
Straps must be 1” or wider. Strapless, halterneck and spaghetti straps are not permitted
Trouser suits may be worn (with some restrictions)
Hats must be worn but fascinators are not permitted. A headpiece measuring at least 4” (10cm) in diameter may be worn

Dresses must not be strapless or have sheer straps
Shorts are not permitted
A hat, headpiece or fascinator must be worn

Silver Ring:
There is no formal dress code for this area but all racegoers are encouraged to wear smart clothes

Further details are available from the Ascot website