After its introduction in 2012, the dress code for Royal Ascot has become well-known for banning fascinators, spaghetti straps, and asking male guests to wear only black or grey top hats. 2015 is no exception to the rule and this year’s style guide has outfit suggestions for guests to wear. Here are some of the top designers that are most likely to be worn at this year’s race meeting:
Hats are a necessity when it comes to Royal Ascot fashion. Gina Foster is a popular alternative to Sir Philip Treacy when it comes to luxury millinery. With a special collection on her online store dedicated to the Royal Ascot in a range of colours, designs and textures there is bound to be something there to suit all outfits. The prices range between the £300 – £900 mark which, although expensive, is not too outrageous for a designer hat.
Ben de Lisi
Known for designing for the popular department shop Debenhams, Ben de Lisi’s dress which was commissioned by Coral last year made the news after Strictly come Dancing star Kristina Rihanoff was asked to change it as the dress, which was made of Coral betting slips, had spaghetti straps. This year, Coral have commissioned another dress from de Lisi which he says is inspired by the jockey silks and will even incorporate a silk necktie so it is likely that this year’s dress will be more tasteful.
When it comes to finding an outfit which is perfect for the Royal Ascot, L K Bennett tends to be a brilliant place to start. A British designer whose dresses are the ideal style for the dress code, the summery patterns will go well with most accessories, making it an ideal choice for those looking for an outfit within the £300-400 price range.
As gentlemen guests in the Royal Enclosure are required to wear either a black or grey Top Hat, Hetherington Hats are bound to be making an appearance at this year’s Royal Ascot. Located on Walpole Street, just around the corner from Harrods, they stock over seven hundred different hats for sale or hire and fit each hat to the wearer’s head individually.
For those who are looking for an outfit which is a little more unusual, Barbara Casasola’s collection of ladieswear is ideal. Describing her designs as “pared-back but sensual”, Casasola’s designs are regularly placed in the “best dressed” section of Royal Ascot and it seems likely that this year will be no exception.