A Day at the Races: What to wear to the Royal Ascot Ladies' Day

Associated with elegance and excellence, the Royal Ascot races are by far one of the more formal and chic occasions of the year. Swathes of gentlemen and ladies clad in sophisticated occasionwear makes the Royal Ascot one of the fashion highlights of the British calendar.

Still in need of an Ascot-appropriate outfit? We've rounded up our picks of what to wear to the races following the official dress code.

Your Ladies' Day Attire Awaits

Formal dress is required for the races and even more so on Ladies Day. Read below the official ladies dress code.

  • 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

We would also recommend not opting for strapless dresses or ones that are off-the-shoulder or with spaghetti straps. 

Here are our picks for women wanting to look chic while sticking the rules.



If you fancy a more laidback look that will be superb in the hot weather, our linen look cotton dresses are the perfect fit. With gorgeous ruching detail on the shoulders and waist, these dresses fit the bill for wide straps and length but when jewellery and heels are added, they have the wow factor you want.

Written by Anna J Mather