Dress Code: 2017 Royal Ascot

For five days in June, the racing world holds its breath, as the Royal Ascot takes place in Berkshire, England. The 2017 Royal Ascot will begin on Tuesday, 20 June, and will close its gates on Saturday, the 24th. Betting is, to put it mildly, enthusiastic during the five days of the Royal Ascot, particularly on Thursday, Gold Cup Day. For the easiest and most convenient betting opportunities, enjoy 2017 Royal Ascot betting with William Hill.

Dress for Successful Horse Racing

Almost as critical as the horses and jockeys, fashion and style are of paramount important at the Royal Ascot, and dress codes – according to enclosure – are always in place. For ladies, in particular, what to wear is the dilemma of the day, as Ascot Racecourse is the place to see and be seen. The trick is to be noticeable, without even a hint of garishness; the goal is to aim for high fashion while still seeming unique.

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The Ascot Royal Enclosure Dress Code

The Royal Enclosure – often occupied by members of the British royal family – has the strictest of dress codes, although this year the big news is that jumpsuits (those one-piece trouser garments) are being allowed. In addition, the dress code for women is as follows:

  • Skirts must be “modest”: knee-length or longer.
  • Full-length trouser suits are allowed, including jumpsuits.
  • Midriffs must be covered.
  • Dresses and tops should have straps that are one inch in width or more. (Spaghetti straps are not allowed, nor are strapless, off-the-shoulder, or halter neck dresses permissible.)
  • Jackets and pashmina shawls are permissible.
  • Hats must be worn, although a headpiece with a 4-inch solid base is acceptable.

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For men:

  • Black or grey morning dress – with a waistcoat – is required.
  • A tie must be worn; cravats are not allowed.
  • A black or grey top hat – and black shoes – are required.

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Royal Ascot Queen Anne Enclosure Dress Code

Once known as the Grandstand, the lawns and terraces of the Queen Anne Enclosure offer excellent views. Those with tickets for this popular (and quickly sold-out) enclosure should adhere to the following dress code:

  • For women, formal dress is expected.
  • A hat, headpiece, or fascinator should always be worn.
  • Strapless or sheer dresses and tops are not allowed.
  • Trouser suits and jumpsuits must be full length (to the ankle).
  • Midriffs must be covered.
  • Shorts are not allowed.
  • Men are expected to wear a suit with a shirt and tie.

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The Royal Ascot Village Enclosure

For the first time in over 100 years, Ascot racecourse is introducing a new enclosure –  the Village Enclosure. In terms of ticket price, the Village Enclosure falls somewhere between the Queen Anne and Windsor enclosure tickets. However, the Queen Anne Enclosure dress code applies (see above).

Royal Ascot Windsor Enclosure Dress Code

The Windsor Enclosure, once known the Silver Ring, offers a brilliant view of the Royal Procession as it passes by. There is a more relaxed atmosphere in the Windsor Enclosure and hence no strict dress code is enforced. However, Windsor ticketholders are encouraged to wear neat and elegant clothes to the races.

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