Shirley Ballas gives a masterclass in styling bright colours with a striking blue dress at Ascot

Her flower hat is a total stand-out too

Shirley Ballas at Ascot 2024
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Royal Ascot always brings with it a host of stellar outfits, and Shirley Ballas' stunning blue dress might just be one of the most beautiful and elegant ensembles we've seen so far.

The Strictly judge shared a snap on Instagram of her look, revealing that her gorgeous dress is from British luxury brand Roksanda. Although it retails for almost £1,400, you can currently snap it up for a huge 40% off.

It is actually listed online as one of the best wedding guest dresses, but we think it's perfect for a day at the races or even a summer garden party. As well as investing in a similar blue midi gown ASAP, we will be using her trick of pairing it with white accessories to make the colour pop in our summer looks too.

Shop Shirley's look

As with most luxury pieces, it's tricky to find similar pieces on a budget. However, we've found a couple of more affordable dresses with the same feel to help you channel Shirley's look without spending a fortune and bolster your summer capsule wardrobe.

Aside from the incredible blue hue, what really makes this dress shine is the bow accents and dramatic puff sleeves. You can easily DIY a dress you already have by tying ribbons around the arms, or incorporate playful bows in your accessories.

If you have a similarly standout dress that you want to really pop, Shirley's trick of styling her look with all white accessories is brilliant. Her Steve Madden heels and Dune handbag keep the colour palette light and vivid without distracting from the dress, working to make it even more eye catching.

Copy her trick and pair your summer dresses with a pair of the best white trainers or a cream handbag to keep things chic and neutral.

Amelia Yeomans
Senior writer

Amelia joined woman&home in 2022 after graduating with an MA in Magazine Journalism from City University and is now a senior writer. She began building her career as a lifestyle journalist after completing a fashion journalism course at the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design in 2019, writing for a variety of titles including OK! magazine, New! magazine and Notion on topics such as sustainable fashion and entertainment. She specialises in fashion and beauty content, covering everything from product reviews and nail art trends to reporting on fashion weeks and the best-dressed celebrities at red carpet events. With a keen eye for lifestyle trends, she is always on the lookout for the latest products and brands to hit the market.