There’s little to rival the prestige of The Royal Ascot. With over 400 years of history, it has been witness to the royal, the rich, the famous and the best dressed throughout the ages.
This year, the Ascot races are set to be as spectacular as ever. Across the nation, race-goers are placing bets and dusting off hats, obsessively consulting the weather forecast… and trying on a few thousand dresses in the hope of finding The One (dress, that is).
In all your blissful excitement in the run-up to the event, remember that Ascot has a strict set of rules. Elegance is non-negotiable; buying the perfect dress is a must. We've decided to make it easier for you by giving you a quick run-down of the dress code by area - with dresses to comply and outfits to fall in love with.
The Royal Enclosure
The secret to dressing for the Royal Enclosure is in the title – royal! When preparing your outfit, think Kate Middleton – regal opulence all the way.
* Dresses/skirts need to be no shorter than knee-length (or just above knee)
* Dress/top straps must be at least 1 inch wide – no spaghetti straps (soz)
* Hats must be worn! Go to town on this – the more exquisite, the better
* Trouser suits and jumpsuits may be worn - but they must be full-length
* Midriffs must be covered – save that little tummy for another day!
The perfect Royal Enclosure dresses:
Louche Luxe Zelia Floral Embroidered Midi Dress - I'm in the picture! (top left)
Louche Luxe Jerrica Organza Floral Print Dress - I'm in the picture! (top right)
Queen Anne Enclosure
Although not quite as strict as the Royal Enclosure – you can wear a headpiece or fascinator instead of a hat, and your straps can be thin – the Queen Anne Enclosure follows more or less the same rules.
Here are some of our star dresses for this top tier Ascot enclosure:
Louche Luxe Taylor Lace Overlay Dress - I'm in the picture! (bottom left)
Louche Luxe Etheal Rose Print Dress - I'm in the picture! (bottom right)
Louche Luxe Chance Tulle Off-Shoulder Dress - match me with the Louche Luxe Chance Jacquard Box Clutch (scroll down to see me!)
The Windsor Enclosure
While the Windsor enclosure doesn’t require a dress code, we thought (somewhat presumptuously) that you might want to look special nonetheless.
For the same level of elegance without all the rules...
...go for monochrome 60s chicness with the Rosellen Lace Sleeveless Shift Dress
...opt for a luxe skirt and cami combo with the Joyous Bloom Print Jacquard Midi Skirt and the Kinsey Trim Cami Top
...or bring florals to the table with the vibrant Louche Colby Floral Dress
And let’s not forget the beautiful finishing touches - accessories!
Try these for extra luxury:
Louche Luxe Chance Jacquard Box Clutch - I'm in the picture! (top right)
Louche Luxe Cordelia Satin Evening Clutch Bag - I'm in the picture! (bottom left)
Her Curious Nature Meadow Flower Chandelier Alice Band - I'm in the picture! (bottom right)
Her Curious Nature Cherry Blossom Hair Clip
Her Curious Nature Empress Crystal Drop Earrings - I'm in the picture! (top left)
Her Curious Nature Lillah Pearl Earrings