Royal Ascot is famous both for the wide variety of outfits that can be seen on racegoers over the four-day event, and for the strict dress code that defines exactly the type of clothing that is acceptable for entrance to each enclosure, down to length of hem lines and width of straps.
The 2017 official dress code guide has just been released and a notable change from last year is that jumpsuits are now acceptable clothing to be worn inside the Royal Enclosure as an alternative to skirts, dresses, or trouser suits.
Jumpsuits must be full length to the ankle and adhere to the same regulations for tops and dresses (straps must be at least one-inch wide and strapless, off the shoulder, and halter-neck styles are not permitted).
The inclusion of jumpsuits is the biggest change in the dress code since trouser suits were included as acceptable wear for ladies in 1971.
The introduction to the style guide reads: “As part of this year’s Style Guide, Royal Ascot of officially welcomes the jumpsuit as an acceptable item of clothing for the Royal Enclosure. Harking back to the introduction of the trouser suit in 1971, Ascot continues to recognise key trends in occasion wear for its fashionable customers.”
One of the examples of suitable outfits to be worn in the Royal Enclosure, curated by Fenwick and Hugo Boss for the style guide, is a pale pink jumpsuit by Emilia Wickstead.
Royal Ascot will be held this year from the 20th to the 24th of June.