Royal Ascot Style Guide | How to dress for Royal Ascot 2022

What to wear to Royal Ascot: Tips & Outfit Ideas

This year Royal Ascot is taking place between 14th & 18th of June and is a highlight of the British summer season! This is not only a showground for some of the most brilliant racehorses in the world but also a fashion parade for racegoers. So, do you have your tickets booked yet?  If so, then you need to start thinking about your outfit now! To help you get organised, here’s my guide on what you wear to Royal Ascot.

While elegance and sophistication are the order of the day, that doesn’t mean you have to hide your personality completely! 

Unlike Mother of the Bride or wedding guest outfits, your Royal Ascot outfit can be playful and full of character. Take the opportunity to play with your colour accents and create an outfit you wouldn’t normally wear to a formal event.

Racegoers have long been accustomed to dressing to impress for the Royal Ascot – but this year, the annual event is encouraging guests to be more daring than ever with their outfit choices.  

From black chic dresses to gorgeous maxi dresses, cool fascinators and hats that are works of art, it’s important to get your look right, after all, you never know if you are going to have your picture taken!


What to wear to Royal Ascot: The Spirit & Grace Style Guide


Don’t be scared to play with your colour combinations!

When it comes to what to wear to Royal Ascot, don’t be scared to play with your colour combinations! Importantly, don’t think that you can only wear matching outfits. Some of the best outfits I’ve seen at the races are creative outfits that use unexpected colour combinations.

If you are putting your outfit together online and are unable to know for sure whether colours are exact matches, then go with a contrasting hue instead of a matching one is a great alternative! This way you have no need to worry about whether the dress and bag will be an exact match when you receive them. Another great advantage of getting creative with colour combinations is that you greatly reduce the risk of finding someone else wearing the same outfit.

As with its close relative green, yellow complements just about any other colour in the rainbow, making it the perfect pop of colour.  It is also a great accent to navy, deep purple, burgundy, royal blue, teal, turquoise, and of course, white, silver, browns and greys…

The shops have now started stocking their racks with Summer Fashions, so once you have your dress sorted, you will need to start thinking about your accessories!


Royal Ascot Dress & Accessories Inspiration - Grey Dress & Leather Circular Handbag
Bag & Chain Straps – Spirit & Grace Style, Dress from Debenhams
Royal Ascot Dress & Accessories Inspiration - Grey Dress & Leather Circular Handbag
Bag & Chain Strap – Spirit & Grace Style, Dress – Debenhams, Fascinator – MiniInTheBox


The Hat!

Royal Ascot is all about the hat, and most ladies will ensure their hat is the focal point of their outfit by choosing an eye-catching creation. When you’re thinking about what to wear to Royal Ascot don’t forget about the rest of your accessories too!

There are plenty of high street retailers that have a range of low priced headpieces, and fascinators on their shelves to match this season’s dresses, but if you go with those easy options, you will find lots of people wearing the same outfit. This is fine of course if you are buying your outfit.

Unexpected but great colour combinations include Cobalt Blue with Orange, Royal Blue and Lime Green, Cerise Pink and Light Olive Green.  Or maybe try Teal and Burnt Orange, Fuchsia and Purple, Pink and Dark Olive Green.


Fenwick Hat Inspiration - Royal Ascot Millinery Collective
Luxury department store Fenwick has once again paired with the Royal Ascot Millinery Collective, to release a collection of dazzling pieces created by some of the monarch’s favourite designers – including Stephen Jones OBE and Philip Treacy OBE. 


The Handbag!

Your hat is the main attraction so choose a small to a medium-sized handbag in a colour to complement your outfit rather than a statement oversized bag. Clutch bags are popular – using shape, texture and sparkle on your bag can enhance an outfit without taking all the attention. If you’re looking for inspiration, you can see the range of bags we offer here.

Clutch bags are a popular choice, but for something unusual and fun with a vintage twist opt for a round compact style.

Or choose a small shoulder bag in a summery colour, especially if you want to keep your hands free!

On the left, the two ladies look chic with a delicate chain shoulder bag and the vintage style structured top handle handbag.


Royal Ascot - Leather Handbag Inspiration
Circular Leather Bag Collection – Spirit & Grace Style


The Jewellery!

Royal Ascot is the perfect occasion to get those big, vivacious gemstones and diamonds out, showing off your rings whilst holding your champagne glass.  But most racegoers keep their jewellery subtle or to a minimum in order not to overshadow their hat and dress!  Plus, you don’t need to be adorned with expensive jewels!  Choose a statement necklace to compliment your neckline & you will win in the style stakes!

If you’re drawing attention to your face and neckline with layered necklaces or a piece of statement jewellery, you don’t really need an armful of bangles to compete for attention! 

Or if you’re wearing a bold pair of earrings, you can keep your neckline bare or choose a more subtle piece!

Equally, a bold pair of earrings with a matching necklace can work beautifully.

If you’re looking for inspiration, you can see the range of jewellery I have on offer here.


Jewellery Inspiration for Royal Ascot from Spirit & Grace Style - Silver & Gold Statement Earrings, T-Bar Necklaces & Layered Necklaces
Jewellery Inspiration – Spirit & Grace Style


If you want more advice or to get some help finding the perfect accessories for your Royal Ascot outfit, book an appointment to visit me at my home-based Boutique, just outside of Maidenhead.

Have a great day & thank you for reading,


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Katie Topping

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