Royal Ascot has tightened up on dress standards over the past few years. or perhaps its just because our dress standards have slipped slightly, that they have introduced these rules. Personally I think its good to have them in place however it does cause confusion for many clients as to what and what’s not acceptable. So to help those who are worried On Your Head Be It has a list of the current rules and regulation for Royal Ascot 2015.

Royal Enclosure

Formal daywear is required with dresses falling just above the knee or longer.

No strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are permitted.

Midriffs must be covered.

FASCINATORS NO LONGER PERMITTED.

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

Trouser suits should be full length and of matching colour and material.

HATS SHOULD BE WORN or as an alternative A HEADPIECE WITH A DIAMETER OF 4 INCHES (10CMS) OR MORE IN DIAMETER IS ACCEPTABLE.

This basically means you will not be allowed in The Royal Enclosure with a small fascinator on the side of your head – so be warned these rules are enforced.

Grandstand

At On Your Head Be It we have been providing stunning hats for Royal Ascot for 20 years, and so are able to offer advice to our clients as to what is and is not acceptable for the Royal Enclosure and Royal Ascot. Ladies within the main Grandstand Enclosure are encouraged to dress in a manner as befits a formal occasion.

Ladies are kindly asked to take particular 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 (i.e. strapless or sheer strap tops are not permitted).

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.

Silver Ring & Heath Enclosure

Although no formal dress code applies in the Silver Ring Enclosure and Heath Enclosure, racegoers are encouraged to wear smart clothes.

Please note that bare chests are not permitted at any time. (now you see why we need dress standards) !!!

At On Your Head Be It we have been providing stunning hats for Royal Ascot for 20 years, and so are able to offer advice to our clients as to what is and is not acceptable for the Royal Enclosure and Royal Ascot.

by Michelle Macartney

Michelle Macartney has always had a passion for Hats. And in this On Your Head Be Its twentieth year that passion for hats has helped to curate a vast array of the latest in stunning hats and headwear. In 1995 she started her business On Your Head Be It after a stint at hat making in Liberty's of London. Her love of millinery was featured in an article by journalist Rachel Bridge for The Times called "A Passion for Hats". The Studio has been featured on BBC and ITV and national and international newspapers and magazines.