Royal Ascot is not only a serious annual sporting fixture in the calendar, but an important fashion fixture too. With the style stakes rising each year, Ascot continues to be an event to see and ‘be seen', with everyone from the Queen and the royal family to A-list celebrities and society's elite stepping a well heeled foot onto the luscious lawns of the racecourse grounds in Berkshire.
Royal Ascot is described as, "synonymous with sartorial elegance", a moniker they can claim because of their carefully written and strictly upheld dress code. Royal Ascot describes their dress code as ‘traditional' - so think classic, elegant sophistication when looking at dresses for Ascot.
New for 2017 is Ascot's acceptance of the jumpsuit as an acceptable outfit for the Royal Encolsure. This exciting development unlocks a whole new wardrobe of possibilities thanks to the chic, stylish and ever so wearable jumpsuits of Spring/Summer '17 - just make sure that the one you choose is full length to the ankle to comply with the dress code.
Unfortunately, off the shoulder dresses are still a firm no-go, which rules out some of the hottest trends for this summer including the ‘cold shoulder' trend and pretty bardot style tops and necklines.
When it comes to the infamous Ascot hat, in many cases bigger is most definitely better! Fascinators and headpieces are not permitted in the Royal Enclosure, so traditional hats are by far the safest choice. Take a leaf out of the royal family's book when it comes to millinery.
Take a look at some of the best dresses for Ascot on the high-street this year:
Dresses need to have straps of one inch or greater so this gorgeous lace dress by Whistles is a fantastic option as it is also the perfect length to fit the dress code rules. The blue panel dress also comes in red, if you're feeling bold and looking for a little more colour for your Ascot outfit.
The dress code for the royal enclosure states that hemlines should be "of modest length", so falling at the knee or lower. Thankfully, the midi-dress is in Vogue this season, so the high-street has a myriad of stylish yet modest dresses for Ascot to choose from.
Midi dress, £209, Ted Baker
Aside from dresses and jumpsuits, trouser suits may also be worn, however they must be of full length and also be matching in material and colour. This is a great dress code rule to follow, as two piece suits in the same colour and material are incredibly flattering and can make the wearer look taller and slimmer in an instant!
We love these jumpsuits by Jaeger and Coast which tick all the right boxes in terms of chic, stylish yet flattering and slimming racewear, whilst also complying with Ascot's rules on length and strap width.