All you need to know about the dress code at Royal Ascot 2017

Steeped in 306 years of tradition, the Royal Meeting is considered the pinnacle event for all things sporting and social of the Great British Summer.

Making sure one is appropriately dressed is all a part of the experience; so we thought we’d list off the official dress code to help make sure you don’t get put in handcuffs by the fashion police.

All guests are asked to contribute to the sense of occasion by doing their best to be as fashionable as possible; but there you must adhere to these rules when it comes to the dress code at Royal Ascot.


Royal Enclosure


There has been one major change to dress code from last year which is that full length jumpsuits are now allowed.

  • Dresses and skirts should be 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 (full length, and matching material and colour)
  • Hats should be worn; however, a headpiece which has a solid base of four inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable
  • 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


  • It’s 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
    • Men are allowed to remove top hats inside restaurants, private boxes, private clubs or those area’s terraces, balconies or gardens
    • Hats may also be removed within any enclosed external seating area within the Royal Enclosure Garden but hats must not be customised with coloured ribbons or bands

Queen Anne Enclosure


  • 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 must wear a suit with a shirt and tie.


  • Girls (aged 17 and under) 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 to 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.

Windsor Enclosure

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