Words by George Douglas- Davies
Edited by MYSHUBOX.COM Editorial Team
Things that are quintessentially British include tea and the Royal family. Both are found at The Royal Ascot, arguably the most British event in existence. Famed for the implementation of strict dress code and even stricter social hierarchy it is one of the few places left where sneakers aren’t acceptable.
Since its conception in 1711, when Queen Anne stumbled across a plot of land in Berkshire she deemed fit for a racecourse, The Royal Ascot has been the highlight of British society’s calendar and an opportunity to gamble, mingle with royalty and enjoy the fleeting British summer. Dress codes have changed over the past 3 centuries, but that hasn’t stopped a select few rebelling. In 1968, debutante Jayne Harries was turned away for wearing trousers, she returned in a very mini mini-dress which was deemed acceptable on the day. A few years later fashion designer Joe Dalyland followed suit, wearing hot pants to the races after, the Duke of Norfolk decreed they were unsuitable for women attending.
Fast forward almost four decades and little has changed. Although, midi skirts are encouraged over the mini and trousers and jumpsuits, have been admitted into the dress code for ladies at Royal Ascot. However, there are still a unpermissive prerequisites for all attendees of the event, here are 5 tips to point you in the right dress code direction for Royal Ascot 2018.
1. A FEATHER IN YOUR HAT
The base of your hat must be no smaller than 4 inches otherwise it is deemed a ‘fascinator,’ which, in this situation, is not as good as it sounds. Luckily, British millinery is second to none and between the work of Phillip Treacy and Stephen Jones there’s something for everyone. Remember more is more and be confident in your choice.
2. YOUR TRUE COLOURS
Maybe it’s the Queen’s influence but there seems to be an unspoken tradition of wearing bright colours to the races. On the first day of Royal Ascot 2018 our reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II looked radiant in a yellow coat and matching hat, offset with a pair of flat black leather Gucci loafers.
Royal Ascot is not the place to shy away from bold fashion choices, try smart separates in summery tones or knee length dresses in a block of colour. If head to toe colour is too intense for your taste, consider adding colourful accessories to lift a neutral outfit.
3. STYLISH STABILITY
To avoid losing balance on uneven surfaces opt for wedges in woven fibres or cork – not only are they aesthetically appropriate for a summer’s day, but they’re dignified and won’t leave you stuck in the mud. Alternatively, replace stilettos with block heeled shoes for style and stability.
4. A BAG OF TRICKS
The key to nailing Royal Ascot attire is co-ordination. When choosing accessories to accompany apparel, successfully outfitted attendees tend to choose a very loose theme – whether that be colour, pattern or design and follow it through.
5. DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH
Remember to keep jewellery tasteful – money simply can’t buy style.