The Royal Ascot Style Guide 2021

MARKED by the arrival of the Royal Procession as the clock strikes two and the communal singing around Ascot’s Bandstand this summer, the longest running drama is set to return. Royal Ascot is a spellbinding explosion for the senses featuring the stars of unparalleled racing, plenty of individual style and sartorial elegance.

Expect a full five days of racing at Royal Ascot this June (15-19) when ticket holders in the Royal Enclosure and Queen Anne Enclosure meet. Meanwhile pre-ticketed holders for the Village, Windsor and Heath Enclosures at this year’s Royal Meeting will be offered a rollover for 2022 a refund.

Synonymous with style innovation and Swiss watch brand Longines, the 10th Anniversary Royal Ascot Style Guide can now be viewed online at The special anniversary addition is a celebration of sustainability and the art of conscious shopping, a reflection of garments sourced from charity shops to vintage emporiums and nearly new boutiques and charity shops.

The crowning must-have accessory is millinery and for the gentleman it is classic tailoring, light summer suits and ties in pastel shades that come to the fore in formal wear.

This year’s Style Guide serves as an inspiration for the upcoming summer season of racing and for the many, Ascot online is the place to be. Plans for racing from home are currently under wraps so check in frequently for all that’s new online.

Trouser suits are welcome in the Royal Enclosure and the Queen Anne Enclosure. They should be full-length to the ankle, of matching material and colour. Jumpsuits while welcome should fall below the knee as with dresses.

Dresses and worn in the Royal Enclosure should fall no higher than just above the knee with straps of one inch or greater. Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti strap styles are unacceptable along with sheer straps and sleeves.

Hats should be worn or contain a solid headpiece base of not less than 4 inches/10cm diameter while fascinators are not permitted.

Gentlemen in the Royal Enclosure must wear black, grey or navy morning dress, including waistcoat and tie, black or grey top hat and black shoes worn with socks. Gentlemen in the Queen Anne Enclosure must wear a full-length suit with collared shirt and tie with jackets and trousers of matching colour and pattern along with socks covering the ankle. Ties must be worn at all times and similar to the Royal Enclosure, bow ties and cravats are not permitted along with jeans, chinos and trainers.

Image credits: Royal Ascot Style Guide, Royal Ascot Millinery Collective in association with Fenwick

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Kim Mullahey

Kim Mullahey is’s Ireland Correspondent. She holds an honours undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Chicago and has taught Adult Education Creative Writing Studies. Through a media career spanning nearly 25 years Kim has written and photographed regional news, national and international horse sports, fashion and lifestyle. Kim lives with her husband and son in Kildare Ireland, and a stray marmalade cat who has adopted the family.

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