Racegoers heading to day two of Royal Ascot don't hold back on glamour

Racing rainbow! After a VERY glamorous day one, racegoers heading to the second day of Royal Ascot don’t hold back in the fashion stakes

  • Glamorously-attired racegoers headed to famous Berkshire course for the second day of Royal Ascot – with many choosing the brightest colours for their occasion wear
  • Races running at Ascot today include the Queen Mary Stakes (2.30pm), the Queen’s Vase (3:05pm) and the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (3.40pm)
  • The summer season staple has returned largely to its pre-pandemic glory – with zero Covid restrictions on revellers and a more relaxed dress code in the main spectators’ enclosure now in place 
  • Yesterday, the royals turned out in force, with Prince Charles, Camilla, Mike and Zara Tindall and Princess Beatrice all enjoying the races from the Royal Enclosure 

Royal Ascot rediscovered its pre-pandemic glamour as it opened its gates yesterday, with spectators donning high fashion finery and some show-stopping millinery. 

And day two at the British summer season society favourite saw a similarly bold catwalk of daring outfits, as  racegoers appearing to be taking this year’s more relaxed dress code in the main spectators’ enclosure to the letter.

A rainbow of colour was on display at the racecourse’s entrance as thousands of spectators – wearing enormous wide-brimmed straw hats, dazzling fascinators, elegant summer gowns and towering heels in day-glo shades – poured into the Berkshire enclosures. 

The 2022 published Style Guide for the event, the eleventh of its kind, requests formality remains in the Royal Enclosure – but hints at a less strict approach elsewhere, suggesting exuberant occasion wear is positively encouraged.

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 Bring on the colour! Spectators heading to the second day of the British horse-racing meet went all out on colourful occasion wear, with the brightest shades in the colour palette on display

Give us a twirl! Glamorously-attired racegoers headed to famous Berkshire course for the second day of Royal Ascot – including this lady who opted for a fit and flare in cerise 

Fashion fans haven’t shied away from the boldest shades as day two kicks off at Royal Ascot


Hats off to day two! The summer season staple has returned largely to its pre-pandemic glory – with zero Covid restrictions on revellers and a more relaxed dress code in the main spectators’ enclosure now in place

A slick of purple lipstick complemented this racegoer’s imposing look, which included purple and violet floral dress, and an eye-catching yellow hat, while her companion opted for pretty red flowers and matching millinery

Unicorn dream: This spectacular millinery incorporates dozens of unicorns in pastel shades 

Plenty of fans adopted a patriotic theme too, to ensure the Platinum Jubilee celebrations continue, with red, white and blue incorporated into their outfits for the day.

The royals were out in force yesterday, although the Queen missed the event amid her ongoing mobility issues.

Her Majesty was a regular at the Berkshire racecourse before the pandemic and has been at every Royal Meeting since acceding to the throne in 1952, apart from when it was held behind closed doors in 2020.

However, the 96-year-old monarch is thought to have watched from home just seven miles away at Windsor Castle this afternoon, especially when her horse King’s Lynn started racing in the King’s Stand Stakes at 3.40pm.

Races running at Ascot today include the Queen Mary Stakes (2.30pm), the Queen’s Vase (3:05pm) and the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (3.40pm). 

Whites and creams also featured heavily in the sartorial choices for day two attendees, with this sophisticated-looking racing fan opting for a white lace dress with a wide, bow-style collar


Berry nice! A spectator arrives for day two of Royal Ascot wearing a berry themed apricot summer dress with matching pillbox hat and deep red heels. Right: A racegoer looks chic in a stylish white floral dress with matching white hat, bag and heels

Plenty of fans adopted a patriotic theme too, to ensure the Platinum Jubilee celebrations continue, with red, white and blue incorporated into their outfits for the day

A flourish of feathers: This stylish racegoer opted for an eye-catching hat design, with pink and white feather plumes spilling over the edge


Head to toe glamour: With the sun high and hot for the afternoon’s races, this spectator opted for a straw hat with a huge brim. Right: More daring designs – including these lime feathered heels – are on display at Royal Ascot this year  

What a way to arrive: Those bound for the Royal Enclosure trotted into Royal Ascot on a horse and carriage

Two lines: The spectators enclosure looked crowded, while the queue for the Royal Enclosure – where top hats and tails are standard for men – was shorter

Pristine lawns: a groundmen offers a final cut to the grass inside the beautiful race course

Any tips? Races running at Ascot today include the Queen Mary Stakes (2.30pm), the Queen’s Vase (3:05pm) and the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (3.40pm)

Security: Armed officers patrolled the entrance to Royal Ascot ahead of day two 

The weather at the racing event, a highlight of the British summer season, is expected to top 25 degrees today

 

THE OFFICIAL ROYAL ASCOT STYLE GUIDE 2022 

ROYAL ENCLOSURE DRESS CODE 

LADIES  

Pictured left: Favourbrook jacket £720, trousers £250, waistcoat £320, tie £95, pocket square £35, Oliver Brown top hat £500, Shirt £85, Shoes: Haes and Curtis £149. Pictured right: The Vampire’s Wife dress £1,650, Handbag £450, Hat: Edwina Ibbotson £1,580, Shoes: Roger Vivier £1,350, Ring: Garrard £8,000 

Erdem dress £2490, hat £1395, gloves £390, Emilia Wickstead shoes £515, earrings: 4element. Available to rent. 

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

GIRLS

  • Girls (aged 10-17) should dress in accordance with the Ladies’ Dress Code. However, they may wear a headpiece or fascinator as an alternative to a hat, without any size restriction. 

 GENTLEMEN

Favourbrook jacket £720, trousers £250, waistcoat £280, tie £110, shoes £320, Oliver Brown top hat £500, shirt £85 

It is a requirement to wear black, grey or navy morning dress which must include: 

  • A waistcoat and tie (no cravats or bow ties)
  • A black or grey top hat
  • Black shoes worn with socks

A gentleman may remove his top hat within a restaurant, a Private Box, a private club or a facility’s terrace, balcony or garden. 

Hats may also be removed within any enclosed external seating area within the Royal Enclosure Gardens.

The customisation of top hats (with, for example, coloured ribbons or bands) is not permitted in the Royal Enclosure

Novelty waistcoats and ties are not permitted. Discreet patterns and those of a patriotic nature (for example, a national flag) are acceptable.

BOYS

  • Boys (aged 10-17) should either dress in accordance with the gentlemen’s Dress Code; or alternatively may wear a dark-coloured lounge suit with a shirt and tie. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Fancy dress, novelty and branded or promotional clothing is not permitted on site.

QUEEN ANNE ENCLOSURE DRESS CODE  

LADIES 


Pictured left: Dress: Simone Rocha £995, Hat: Jane Taylor £1,560, ShuShu Tong bag £450, shoes £875. Pictured right: Emilia Wickstead dress: £1,650, shoes £590, Hat: Edwina Ibbotson £2,045

Pictured left: Dress: Lisa the Label £720, Hat: Emily London £885, Shoes: Roger Vivier £1,150. Pictured right: Oliver Brown suit £327, shirt £85, tie £69, pocket square: Richard Anderson £84, shoes: Christian Louboutin £775

Ladies within the Queen Anne Enclosure are required to dress in a manner as befits a formal occasion and are kindly asked to take note of the following:

  • A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times.
  • Strapless and sheer dresses and tops are not permitted. Please note our definition of strapless necklines include off-the-shoulder, Bardot and one shoulder. Dresses and tops with sheer straps and sleeves are also not permitted. Midriffs must be covered.
  • Trouser suits must be full-length and jumpsuits should fall below the knee. Both must adhere to the neckline regulations above. Shorts are not permitted.

GIRLS 

  • Girls aged 17 and under should be dressed for a formal occasion. Smart summer dresses are suggested. 
  • Hats, headpieces and fascinators may be worn but are not compulsory. 

GENTLEMEN 

Richard James jacket £585, trousers £345, Oliver Brown shirt £85, tie £49, Hawes and Curtis pocket square £29, shoes £149 

Pictured left: Oliver Spencer suit jacket £369, suit trousers £189, shirt: Budd £130, Tie: Oliver Brown £59, pocket square: Richard Anderson £95, shoes: Harry’s £350. Pictured right: Richard James jacket £745, trousers £325, shirt: Budd £130, tie: Oliver Brown £49, pocket square: Richard Anderson £95, shoes: Russel and Bromley £225

Gentlemen’s Dress Code Gentlemen are required to wear a full-length suit with a collared shirt and tie, and kindly asked to take note of the following: Jackets and trousers should be of matching colour and pattern. 

  • A tie should be worn at all times. Bow ties and cravats are not permitted.
  • Socks must be worn and should cover the ankle. Jeans, chinos and trainers are not permitted. 

BOYS

  • Boys aged 10-17 should wear a suit or jacket with a shirt and tie. Younger boys nine and under should be dressed smartly but are not required to wear a jacket or tie. 

VILLAGE ENCLOSURE 

LADIES


Pictured left: Bora Aksu blouse £429, skirt £385, shoes £595, hat: Juliette Botterill £370, handbag: Roger Vivier £1,050. Pictured right: dress: Temperley £560, hat: Yuan Li Milinery £580, shoes: Jimmy Choo £750 

Pictured left: Shrimps dress £495, bag £475, hat: Bee Smith £250, shoes: Office £40, earrings: Margaux Studios £195. Pictured right: Gant blazer £350, trousers £175, shirt: Hawes and Curtis £55, tie: Oliver Brown £59, shoes: Christian Louboutin £775

Ladies within the Village Enclosure are required to dress in a manner as befits a formal occasion and are kindly asked to take note of the following:

  • A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times.
  • Strapless and sheer dresses and tops are not permitted. Please note our definition of strapless necklines include off-the-shoulder, Bardot and one shoulder. Dresses and tops with sheer straps and sleeves are also not permitted. Midriffs must be covered.
  • Trouser suits must be full-length, and jumpsuits should fall below the knee. Both must adhere to the neckline regulations above. Shorts are not permitted

Please note, the Village Enclosure is a grassed area and ladies should consider their hat size and shoes accordingly. Smaller hats or fascinators and wedges or block heels are recommended in place of large headwear or stilettos.

GIRLS 

  • Girls aged 17 and under should be dressed for a formal occasion. Smart summer dresses are suggested.
  • Hats, headpieces and fascinators may be work but are not compulsory. 

GENTLEMEN 

Gant blazer £350, trousers £175, Hawes and Curtis shirt £55, shoes £149, tie: Oliver Brown £59 

Gentlemen are required to wear a full-length trousers and jacket with a collared shirt and tie, and kindly asked to take note of the following:

  • A tie should be worn at all times. Ties, bow ties or cravats can be worn in the Village Enclosure.
  • Socks must be worn and should cover the ankle.
  • Jeans and trainers are not permitted.

BOYS 

Boys aged 10-17 should wear a suit or jacket with a shirt and tie. Younger boys nine and under should be dressed smartly but are not required to wear a jacket or tie. 

WINDSOR ENCLOSURE 

LADIES

Dress: LK Bennett £499, hat: Juliette Botterill £430, shoes: Kurt Geiger £99 

Whilst there is no official Dress Code for the Windsor Enclosure, Ladies are encouraged to dress in smart daywear.

It is recommended that ladies wear smart attire with a hat or fascinator.

GENTLEMEN

Ted Baker jacket £279, trousers £150, shirt £95, pocket square: Oliver Brown £35, shoes: Grenson £295

Whilst there is no official Dress Code for the Windsor Enclosure, Gentlemen are encouraged to dress in smart daywear.

It is recommended that Gentlemen wear a jacket, collared shirt and full-length trousers.

 

 

The history of fashion at Royal Ascot – Key Dates: 

Late 1700s – Beau Brummell, a close friend of the Prince Regent, who decreed that ‘men of elegance should wear waisted black coats and white cravats with pantaloons’ and this set the tone for the dress code that is still adhered to by men in the Royal Enclosure. 

1830s – Queen Victoria’s visit to Royal Ascot saw her arrive in a pretty lace dress with a full bell skirt and shawl. She also started a craze for the porter bonnet, shielding the wearer from male eyes. 

1890s – As the dawn of a new century arrived, fashion took on an almost celebratory tone. Skirts were less full, but silhouettes made a greater statement with angular hips and puffed sleeves. Hats were large and full of feathers and adornments. 

1900s – One of fashions most iconic images; that of Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady was inspired when costume designer Cecil Beaton saw images of Black Ascot, The 1910 Royal Ascot meeting was in full mourning over the death of King Edward. 

1920s – Hemlines were shorter and cuts were smaller in the 1920s reflecting a post-war generation’s rebellion against old traditions. Pearls and furs were the accessories of the day. 

1950s – Christian Dior’s New Look, a small waist and full skirt, was proving popular however it was when the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth and her stylish sister Princess Margaret wore the style at Royal Ascot that it was cemented in history. 

1960s – Royal Ascot’s glamorous profile elevated when Italian actress Sophia Loren was photographed in the Royal Enclosure. In modern times some of the biggest names in Hollywood and fashion have attended.

1970s – Trouser suits became more popular following their introduction to the dress code in 1971. Gertrude Shilling, The Ascot Mascot, delighted press with her extravagant outfits. One year, one of her son David’s millinery designs outgrew the Shilling’s long-wheel-based Rolls Royce, so the hat had to follow in a van behind. 

1980s – Sharp lines and bright colours took centre stage during this decade. With statement hats and pointed heels, there was little room for floaty florals in 1980s glamour. 

2012 – Royal Ascot officially launches its Style Guide to racegoers outlining dress code regulations for the Royal Enclosure and Queen Anne Enclosure (formally known as Grandstand). 

2017 – The jumpsuit is formally accepted in the Royal Enclosure Dress Code and the Queen Anne Enclosure Dress Code is extended to the new Village Enclosure. 

2018 – Royal Ascot introduce Style Guides for the Village Enclosure and Windsor Enclosure. 

2020 – Royal Ascot runs behind closed doors for first time in the event’s history during global COVID-19 pandemic. 

2021 – Navy morning suits were permitted in the Royal Enclosure. 

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