Royal Ascot Dress Code – Royal Enclosure
Gentlemen are required to wear either grey or black morning dress inside the Royal Enclosure, this must include:
- Waistcoat and tie (no cravats)
- Black or grey top hat
- Black shoes
Gentlemen may remove their top hat when inside a Royal Ascot hospitality restaurant, a private club, a private box or that facility’s terrace, balcony or garden. Hats may also be removed within an enclosed external area inside the Royal Enclosure Garden. The customisation of top hats inside the Royal Enclosure is not permitted.
Ladies are required to wear formal daywear when inside the Royal Enclosure and this is defined below:
- Dresses and skirts should be of modest length, falling just above the knee or longer
- Tops and dresses should have straps of one inch or greater
- Jackets and pashminas are permitted but must be worn over dresses and tops to comply with the dress code inside the Royal Enclosure
- Trouser suits are allowed but should be of full length and matching colour and material
- Hats should be worn; but a headpiece which has a base of 4 inches (10cm) or greater in diameter is an acceptable alternative
Ladies should also note the following
- Halter neck, strapless, off the shoulder and spaghetti straps are strictly not permitted
- Midriffs must be covered
- Fascinators and headpieces without a base of 4 inches (10cm) are not permitted
Children are only admitted to the Royal Enclosure on Friday and Saturday.
Girls (aged 10-16) should be dressed for a formal occasion, smart summer dresses are suggested. Fascinators, headpieces and hats are permitted but are not compulsory.
Boys (aged 10-16) should dress in accordance with the dress code for gentlemen. Alternatively a dark-coloured lounge suit with a shirt and may be worn.
Visitors from overseas are welcome to wear either the formal National Dress or service dress of their country.
Serving Military Personnel
Any serving military personnel are welcome to wear Service Dress or the equivalent.