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Ascot Style: A guide to dos & don’ts…

BY STYLE EDITOR, ON 29 MAY 2013 12:28 WOMEN'S FASHIONCOMMENTS

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Traditionally, the Royal Ascot experience is a somewhat ‘dressy’ affair – which is why model Amber le Bon recently unveiled the chic new designs that will be worn by the event’s very own fashion police.

Following standards falling (ever so slightly) in recent times, 2012 saw a bid to reintroduce style befitting such a prestigious event as the Ascot ‘powers-that-be’ releasing strict dress code regulations across certain parts of the course. To enforce the rules, a fleet of fashion police were employed – well dressed, of course.

So how can you avoid getting ‘arrested’? Don’t fret – we’re here to help you look the part  and feel fashion fabulous.

ROYAL ASCOT STYLE GUIDE WITHIN THE GRANDSTAND ENCLOSURE: NO FANCY DRESS, BRANDED CLOTHING OR STRAPLESS DRESSES

  • Formal daywear.
  • 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 guidelines above.
  • Jackets and pashminas may be worn but dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Grandstand Admission dress code.
  • Midriffs must be covered.
  • Shorts are not permitted.

With this in mind, why not go all out glam with the above. The figure-hugging and body-shaping styles look great teamed with some high heels. Floral is a hot look for summer, so strike a pose in the Grandstand with one of the above.

(Above images: Star by Julien Macdonald white ruffle fascinator and Principles by Ben de Lisi black floral fasinator)

Top it all off with a statement hat or fascinator – at the races, bigger is better. If you are petite, you can get away with a taller style hat. If you have a round face, opt for a hat or fascinator with angles and wear tilted on the head.

ROYAL ENCLOSURE DRESS CODE: NO FASCINATORS, THIGHS OR MIDRIFF

  • Formal daywear.
  • 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.
  • Dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Royal Enclosure dress code.
  • Trouser suits are welcome. They should be full length and of matching material and colour.
  • Hats should be worn.
  • A headpiece which has a base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable.
  • Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not permitted
  • Midriffs must be covered.
  • Fascinators are no longer permitted.

For this dress code, try over-the-knee styles or maxi dresses - these are a great choice because they are generally flattering around the waist and flow beautifully over the bottom and thighs, cutting a fabulously feminine silhouette.

Whether you’re at the Grandstand or Royal Enclose, with Debenhams you can be sure to turn up in style – with not an arrest in sight.

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