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The gentleman’s guide to standing out at Royal Ascot

Arguably one of the most prestigious events in the annual racing calendar, Royal Ascot takes place between Tuesday 20th and Saturday 24th June 2017. If you’re attending this year, you will likely have already turned your attentions to what you’ll be wearing.

As an event defined by sartorial elegance, Royal Ascot is as much a fashion event as it as a racing event. To help you navigate the complex dress code and create a look that will help you stand out from the crowd, luxury menswear designer Ralph Lauren has provided the following guide:

Royal Enclosure

The Royal Enclosure is the most prestigious area of Royal Ascot, so naturally it has the tightest dress code. Gentlemen are required to wear morning dress in either black or grey; this must include a waistcoat and tie. Cravats are not permitted.

When it comes to accessories, a black or grey top hat must be worn, and shoes must also be black. Customised top hats are not permitted and they can only be removed when in:
– A restaurant
– A private box, club, terrace, balcony or garden
– Any external seating area in the Royal Enclosure Garden

Make it your own:
Despite the strict dress code, you can still experiment with colour to make your look your own. Choose a bold tie and matching pocket square to make a statement with colour, or swap your classic white shirt for a pastel hue. Coordinate your look further by choosing socks to complement the colour of your tie, shirt and pocket tie, giving a flash of sophistication when sitting.

Royal Ascot takes place between Tuesday 20th and Saturday 24th June 2017

Queen Anne & Village Enclosure

In the Queen Anne and Village Enclosure, there is still a dress code in place, although it is significantly more relaxed than that of the Royal Enclosure. Gentlemen are required to wear a suit, shirt and tie.

Make it your own:
As you can see, this dress code is much more relaxed than the Royal Enclosure, giving gentleman greater freedom of choice when it comes to colour. A navy suit is the epitome of effortless cool; pair with a soft blue shirt and co-ordinating navy tie for a look that channels summer-inspired sophistication.

A herringbone suit is another great choice. In a light colour such as tan or beige, it’s the perfect choice for a summer event. Softer shades like white and pale blue work best for shirts, especially when contrasted against a tie of a bolder colour. Wear with brown formal shoes and belt for a timeless look.

Windsor Enclosure

There is no formal dress code in place for the Windsor Enclosure, yet race-goers are expected to dress appropriately for the event.

Make it your own:
With greater freedom, you can really let your style shine. If you don’t want to wear a full suit, pair a shirt with carefully selected tailoring instead. An ideal choice for warmer days, wear a crisp white shirt tucked into pastel-coloured tailored chinos that finish at your ankle. Style with tasselled loafers or slippers for a look that remains smart yet individual.

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