The Definitive Guide to Royal Ascot Womenswear Style

Is there a more stylish summer event than Royal Ascot? It would be hard to argue. Glamour, excitement and revelry make for a heady concoction alongside world-class racing. This year is expected to be very special given that it is Her Royal Highness The Queen's Platinum Jubilee year, adding something unique to an already magical event. 

Dressing for Royal Ascot requires personality and sophistication, all within the remit of the style guide, of course. The rules for the Royal Enclosure are as follows:

Dresses, skirts and tops

Dresses and skirts should be of modest length defined as falling just above the knee or longer. Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch or greater. Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not permitted. Dresses and tops with sheer straps and sleeves are also not permitted.

Jackets/Pashminas

Jackets and pashminas may be worn. Tops and dresses underneath should still comply with the Royal Enclosure Dress Code. Midriffs must be covered.

Trouser Suits & Jumpsuits

Trouser suits are welcome. They should be of full-length to the ankle and of matching material and colour. Jumpsuits are welcome. They should fall below the knee, with regulations matching that for dresses.

Hats

Hats should be worn; however, a headpiece which has a solid base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat. Fascinators are not permitted.

Got all that?! In addition to the guidance above, fancy dress, novelty and branded or promotional clothing is not permitted on site. Thankfully, we've curated our favourite pieces from Favourbrook's Spring/Summer 22 collection that we feel are perfect for attending Royal Ascot this year - jackets and dresses that embrace the sense of occasion by using luxurious fabrics and timeless silhouettes.

Shot at the world-famous Parkhouse Stables, Kingsclere, home of champion trainer Andrew Balding, we were lucky enough to have Anna Lisa Balding model the collection for us. If there's anyone who knows racing style better than Anna Lisa then we are yet to meet them!

Westminster Coat Khaki Cow Parsley Crease Resist Linen

Westminster Coat Khaki Cow
Parsley Crease Resist Linen

Westminster Coat Mint Jekyll Crease Resist Linen

Westminster Coat Mint
Jekyll Crease Resist Linen

Linen is a wonderful fabric for Royal Ascot (and no, you needn't worry about creasing because we use crease-resist linen in many of our coat and dress styles) being lightweight, breathable and with a subtle textural quality. It's a fabulous fabric for elegant summer coats for all of those reasons.

Westminster Coat Pale Blue Johnson Crease Resist Linen

Westminster Coat Pale Blue
Johnson Crease Resist Linen

Eton Coat Coral Red Parker Marle Crease Resist Linen

Eton Coat Coral Red Parker
Marle Crease Resist Linen

 

Where dresses are concerned, less is often more when it comes to Royal Ascot so we've highlighted two beautiful styles in pale tones that will work with a variety of coat styles and colours. Sleek, minimal and confidently feminine, our Emily dress in coral red is cut from a beautiful crease-resistant linen with a lovely textural finish. With cropped sleeves and subtle belt detail, it is a very chic option for summer events, and pairs well with a variety of cropped blousons or longer coats.

Serena Circle Dress Buttermilk Plain Silk Georgette

Serena Circle Dress Buttermilk
Plain Silk Georgette

Serena Circle Dress Azure Moreau Silk Devore Chiffon

Serena Circle Dress Azure
Moreau Silk Devore Chiffon

The Serena dress is a classic scoop neck dress expertly cut from luxurious silk georgette. Featuring a full circle skirt, with a satin belt and three quarter length sleeves and finished with a concealed zip fastening, it's a great option if you like muted tones. Alternatively, if you'd prefer to make a splash with bolder hues, our Louise dress in cobalt blue is a sophisticated choice. Elegant and eye-catching in equal measure, it is cut from a vibrant azure blue silk satin. Featuring cropped sleeves and finished at the knee, it pairs well with tonal blues.

Louise Dress Cobalt Azure Parmee Silk Satin

Louise Dress Cobalt Azure
Parmee Silk Satin

Louise Dress Azure Pink Walberswick Silk Devore

Louise Dress Azure Pink
Walberswick Silk Devore

With a gathered, tiered skirt and fitted top featuring a separate shorter satin slip dress that could be worn separately, the Nancy dress is a beautifully feminine and fun floral option, with a playful colour palette ideal for summer elegance.

Click here to explore our full curation of raceday coats and dresses.