Hats, Headpieces and Fascinators: what to wear at Royal Ascot

Millinery (not to be confused with former Royal Ascot runner Millenary) takes centre stage next week with hats of all shapes and sizes set to grab the limelight as glamourous racegoers bid to one-up each other in the fashion stakes.

With such a wide array of choice, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s allowed and what’s not. There are fine lines between what’ll get you on the best dressed list and on what’ll get you escorted off the track. Fascinators for example are a big taboo in the Royal enclosure. Check out the dress code for Royal Ascot 2017 for full details.

To make sure you turn heads for all the right reasons next week then just follow these simple steps:

  1. There is no such thing as one size fits all when it comes to Royal Ascot. Make sure you choose an individual piece that was made to suit your face’s shape and features.
  2. Your choice of hat width should be determined by your height, shoulder width and body shape. The taller you are, the wider the brim you can pull off. It’s therefore best to avoid wearing anything that’s wider than your shoulders.
  3. If you have a wide face, then keep away from hats with a narrow base and vice versa If you have very petite facial features, it’s best to avoid hats with a wide heavy looking base.
  4. The best way of making sure your hat doesn’t blow away is with a hat elastic and comb. These essentials can be bought at the same time as the hat and will be a life saver if it turns out to be blustery on the big day.

Fashion on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot 2016

But remember, picking out and wearing a hat or a fascinator is meant to be fun. These are guidelines, not rules, and the most important thing is to feel cool and comfortable. And relax, it doesn’t matter too much if you spot someone wearing the same hat as you because imitation is the sincerest form of flattery! 

Looking for a few ideas, have a look at last year’s best dressed here!