THE OFFICIAL ROYAL ASCOT STYLE GUIDE 2016

For more information, please see the official Royal Ascot website.

ROYAL ENCLOSURE 

LADIES 

Ladies are kindly reminded that formal daywear is a requirement in the Royal Enclosure, defined as follows: 

• Dresses and skirts should be of modest length defined as falling just above the knee or longer. 

• Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch or greater. 

• Jackets and pashminas may be worn but dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Royal Enclosure dress code. 

• Trouser suits are welcome. They should be of full length and of matching material and colour. 

• Hats should be worn; however a headpiece which has a base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat. Ladies are kindly asked to note the following: 

• Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not permitted.

• Midriffs must be covered. 

• Fascinators are not permitted; neither are headpieces which do not have a base covering a sufficient area of the head (4 inches/10cm).  

GENTLEMEN

Gentlemen are kindly reminded that it is a requirement to wear either black or grey morning dress which must include: 

• A waistcoat and tie (no cravats) 

• A black or grey top hat 

• Black shoes A gentleman may remove his top hat within a restaurant, a private box, a private club or that facility’s terrace, balcony or garden. Hats may also be removed within any enclosed external seating area within the Royal Enclosure Garden. The customisation of top hats (with, for example, coloured ribbons or bands) is not permitted in the Royal Enclosure. 

CHILDREN

(Admitted on Friday and Saturday only) Girls (aged 10-16) should be dressed for a formal occasion. Smart summer dresses are suggested. Hats, headpieces or a fascinator may be worn but are not compulsory. Boys (aged 10-16) should either dress in accordance with the gentlemen’s dress code; or alternatively may wear a dark-coloured lounge suit with a shirt. 

Overseas Visitors Overseas visitors are welcome to wear the formal National Dress of their country or Service Dress. 

Serving Military Personnel Serving military personnel are welcome to wear Service Dress or equivalent. 

 

QUEEN ANNE ENCLOSURE (Previously known as GRANDSTAND)

LADIES 

Ladies within the Queen Anne Enclosure are encouraged to dress in a manner as befits a formal occasion and ladies are kindly asked to take note of the following:

• A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times. 

• Strapless or sheer strap dresses and tops are not permitted. 

• Trousers must be full length and worn with a top that adheres to the guidelines above. 

• Midriffs must be covered. 

• Shorts are not permitted.

GENTLEMEN

Gentlemen are required to wear a suit with a shirt and tie. 

CHILDREN

Girls (aged 10-16) should be dressed for a formal occasion. Smart summer dresses are suggested. Hats, headpieces or a fascinator may be worn but are not compulsory. Boys (aged 13-16) should wear a suit or jacket with a shirt and a tie. Younger boys (aged 12 or under) should be dressed smartly but are not required to wear a jacket or tie. 

GENERAL

In addition to the specific guidance, please note that fancy dress, novelty and branded / promotional clothing are not allowed on site. Ascot Racecourse recognises that there may be instances where a degree of discretion is required in determining compliance with our dress code within the Grandstand. In such instances, reasonable judgement will be exercised. Guests within Grandstand Admission are welcome to follow the Royal Enclosure dress code.

 

WINDsor enclosure (Previously known as the silver ring)

Whilst we encourage racegoers to wear smart clothes, no formal dress code applies in Windsor Enclosure except that replica sports shirts are not permitted.