Royal Ascot : What To Wear at The Royal Enclosure

April 17, 2016
A guide to dressing for Royal Ascot : What To Wear at The Royal Enclosure
That's how one sometimes feels when mulling over their sartorial choices for Royal Ascot. The Royal Enclosure dress code can be a sartorial minefield what with the 'fashion police' on high alert for too-bare shoulders, hemlines above the knee, and scant fascinators. Then there's the question of taste - make too little of an effort and one comes across as disrespectful to the noble spirit and history of one of Britain's key social events, but make too much of an effort and risk looking like a painted trollop. There's a fine balance between haute dress and hot mess. I've cantered into both territories - in 2013 I nailed it with a demure Alexander McQueen dress (above), but last year I put in a disgraceful appearance in floral trousers with not-matching top. Of course the latter was thanks to my huge and shocking weight gain - I've blogged about it and my weight loss mission, here - which found me facing a wardrobe full of Ascot-appropriate dresses I suddenly couldn't wear. 
But now that I've taken my health and looks into hand, I'm happy to report that this summer will see a much slimmer me. Instead of hiding my figure behind poor outfit choices, I'm going to proudly dress for the shape I've worked hard to regain. So, in collaboration with Debenhams Best of British Outfit Inspiration I've put together what I'd wear to this year's Royal Ascot as well as my suggestions on how to be a knock out at the style states in the Royal Enclosure.

A guide to dressing for Royal Ascot : What To Wear at The Royal Enclosure
A guide to dressing for Royal Ascot : What To Wear at The Royal Enclosure

FURTHER READING: ROYAL ASCOT 2013 and ROYAL ASCOT 2015


 Leave the war paint and ostentatious headgear to the tabloid courters and the self-promoting milliners - the real stars of the show at Royal Ascot are the horses and their riders, and of course their champion: Her Majesty. That said, there's no reason for you to not to be anything but stylish, so read on for my tips on how to dress appropriately in the presence of the Queen while putting your best foot (hoof?) forward.



FINE FILLIES: A 
DEMURE & FEMININE LOOK

Cover your shoulders and knees with this midi dress - the asymmetrical hemline and full skirt adds just the right amount of drama to an otherwise simple silhouette. A classic tweed jacket, which CHANEL does so well, to keep warm from the fickle British weather. For shoes I favour a block or wedge heel to get a grip on the stiletto-swallowing grassy paddocks. Keep accessories simple: this ruffle bow hat literally covers your bases and a minimal studded clutch with edgy detail plus a simple pearl necklace is just the accent you need for a feminine, demure look. Finally, makeup should be nude and subtle - less tart, more smart.

              1. CHANEL tweed jacket
              2. Hatbox ruffle bow hat
              3. Estée Lauder Double Wear
              4. Clinique Chubby Stick 
              5. Clinique Blushing Blush 
              6. Urban Decay Naked Basics 2
              7. Quiz skater dress
             8. Carvela 'Stellar' wedges
             9. Carvela 'Geisha' sandals
            10. Mikimoto pearl necklace
            11. Valentino 'Rockstud' clutch
            12. Valentino 'Rockstud' clutch

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Will you be putting in an appearance at this year's Royal Ascot? Are you going to the races this summer? 
Which of the highlights of the London season will I see you at, and have you already planned what you're going to wear?

THIS POST IS WRITTEN IN COLLABORATION (OF SORTS) WITH DEBENHAMS

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