If your attending Royal Ascot on a corporate event or your taking clients, make sure you know the appropriate dress code for Royal Ascot 2015.

Royal Ascot is synonymous with sartorial elegance and heralded as a major fashion event in it’s own right.

The ladies spend months planning their outfits, their hair is perfectly coiffed, nails are finely manicured, the hats get bigger every year and let’s not forget about the men. They may secretly act like its no big deal but on the day all men conveniently, turn up with their 3 piece suits, without a single sign of a crease, their hair is nicely groomed and beards are shaped to perfection.

The Royal Enclosure

Ladies are kindly reminded that formal daywear is a requirement in the Royal Enclosure, defined as follows:

  • 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 but dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Royal Enclosure dress code.
  • Trouser suits are welcome. They should be of full length and of matching material and colour.
  • Hats should be worn; however a headpiece which has a base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat.

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; neither are headpieces, which do not have a base covering a sufficient area of the head (4 inches/10cm).

Gentlemen are kindly reminded that it is 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

A gentleman may remove his top hat within a restaurant, a private box, a private club or that facility’s terrace, balcony or garden. Hats may also be removed within any enclosed external seating area within the Royal Enclosure Garden. The customisation of top hats (with, for example, coloured ribbons or bands) is not permitted in the Royal Enclosure.


Ladies within the main Grandstand Admission area are encouraged to dress in a manner as befits a formal occasion and ladies are kindly asked to take 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.
  • Midriffs must be covered.
  • Shorts are not permitted.

Gentlemen are required to wear a suit with a shirt and tie.

Silver Ring

Whilst we encourage racegoers to wear smart clothes, no formal dress code applies in the Silver Ring except that replica sports shirts are not permitted.

Please Note:
In addition to the specific guidance above, fancy dress, novelty and branded / promotional clothing are not allowed on the Royal Ascot site.

Royal Ascot takes place 16th – 20th June 2015. For information on our Hospitality packages, call Sports Hospitality Partnership today and we will arrange a package to suit your needs.