Glamorous racegoers don statement hats as Royal Ascot gets underway


It’s the jewel in the crown of the racing season when it comes to style, and Royal Ascot got off to a suitably fashionable start this morning – with a new dress code encouraging high glamour at the famous English horse-race meet.  

Seen by many as the calendar highlight of the British summer season, Royal Ascot has finally returned to its former, pre-pandemic glory – with attendees encouraged to go all out in the sartorial stakes. 

This year’s published Style Guide for the event, the eleventh of its kind, requests formality remains in the Royal Enclosure but it’s thought a more relaxed approach will be taken elsewhere, with exuberant occasion wear positively encouraged. 

And early arrivals on Monday were seen taking the latest dress guidance to the letter – sporting a dazzling array of colourful outfits, with show-stopping statement hats taking centre stage. 

Among the eye-catching high fashion on display was a reveller sporting a striking over-sized lemon and black head piece, with a 60s style yellow dress. Elsewhere, there were revellers in every colour scheme from monochrome polka dots, to flashes of fuschia and deep, emerald greens.     

It’s the jewel in the crown of the racing season when it comes to style, and Royal Ascot got off to a suitably fashionable start this morning as fans arrived at the Berkshire course for a day of sporting action 

The show-stopping black and yellow outfit turned heads on the first day of the five-day meet

This stylish reveller donned a 60s style lemon dress with a matching clutch bag - but it was the over-sized floral headwear that stole the show

The show-stopping black and yellow outfit turned heads on the first day of the five-day meet. This stylish reveller donned a 60s style lemon dress with a matching clutch bag – but it was the over-sized floral headwear that stole the show

Summer dresses were the order of the day for many arriving at the Berkshire course: Racegoer Bianca Richards opted for a cream dress with red ditsy flowers - and a matching apricot headpiece

Summer dresses were the order of the day for many arriving at the Berkshire course: Racegoer Bianca Richards opted for a cream dress with red ditsy flowers – and a matching apricot headpiece

A sunbeam! The famous racing event has returned largely to pre-pandemic status - with zero restrictions on revellers - and a dress code that appears to encourage people to go all out on occasion wear

A sunbeam! The famous racing event has returned largely to pre-pandemic status – with zero restrictions on revellers – and a dress code that appears to encourage people to go all out on occasion wear

Hats off to high glamour! A fuschia-coloured floral flourish was seen on this racegoer

Hats off to high glamour! A fuschia-coloured floral flourish was seen on this racegoer

Two friends were co-ordinated in green with one opting for a chic tiered number, while the other opted for a lighte shade with lace panels

Monochrome magic!

Two friends were co-ordinated in green with one opting for a chic tiered number, while the other opted for a lighte shade with lace panels. Monochrome magic! Black and white also featured in the colour scheme for day one attendees

After two years of restrictions, Royal Ascot looks set for an all-out 2022 meet. Pictured: An attendee looks stylish in white and blue, with two over-sized blue rose flowers and fluttering feathers making a millinery statement

After two years of restrictions, Royal Ascot looks set for an all-out 2022 meet. Pictured: An attendee looks stylish in white and blue, with two over-sized blue rose flowers and fluttering feathers making a millinery statement   

Racegoers made a spalsh in milinery festooned with flowers and feathers, and even the Union Jack

Elegant race goers 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 choice. 

This year’s Royal Ascot Style Guide, which is the eleventh of its kind, is keen to demonstrate to racing followers around the world that British fashion houses can help those attending the Royal Meeting is about looking your best.

Meanwhile it also appears to encourage racegoers to embrace a more ‘casual’ look at the event, with female models posing in mini dresses and platform heels, while men are permitted to wear Cuban shirts and printed garments.

Attendees in the Royal Enclosure are required to wear a ‘modest’ hemline, however elsewhere in the guide it appears sky-high mini skirts may be permitted in other enclosures.

The skies were blue above the famous Berkshire racecourse, prompting some racegoers to opt for the less is more look. Pictured: two racing fans donned dramatic gold outfits as the first day got underway

The skies were blue above the famous Berkshire racecourse, prompting some racegoers to opt for the less is more look. Pictured: two racing fans donned dramatic gold outfits as the first day got underway

This year's Style Guide for the event, which is the eleventh of its kind, is keen to demonstrate to racing followers around the world that British fashion houses can help those attending the Royal Meeting is about looking your best

This year’s Style Guide for the event, which is the eleventh of its kind, is keen to demonstrate to racing followers around the world that British fashion houses can help those attending the Royal Meeting is about looking your best

Early arrivals were seen taking the latest dress code to the letter - sporting an array of colourful outfits, with statement hats taking centre stage

Early arrivals were seen taking the latest dress code to the letter – sporting an array of colourful outfits, with statement hats taking centre stage

Finery: The queues at Royal Ascot this morning - with the men heading for the Royal Enclosure dolled up in top hats and tails

Finery: The queues at Royal Ascot this morning – with the men heading for the Royal Enclosure dolled up in top hats and tails

Formal: The Royal Enclosures still requires attendees to don their Sunday best...but other parts of the racecourse will see a more relaxed view on attire

Formal: The Royal Enclosures still requires attendees to don their Sunday best…but other parts of the racecourse will see a more relaxed view on attire

Thousands are expected to descend on Ascot Racecourse over the coming days - as one of the most famous events in the society calendar returns

Thousands are expected to descend on Ascot Racecourse over the coming days – as one of the most famous events in the society calendar returns

The Platinum Jubilee celebrations will continue at the racing event - just a stone's throw from Windsor, with giant Union Jacks welcoming guests

The Platinum Jubilee celebrations will continue at the racing event – just a stone’s throw from Windsor, with giant Union Jacks welcoming guests

The new dress code also appears to encourage racegoers to embrace a more ‘casual’ look at the event, with female models posing in mini dresses and platform heels, while men are permitted to wear Cuban shirts and printed garments.

Attendees in the Royal Enclosure are required to wear a ‘modest’ hemline, however elsewhere in the guide it appears sky-high mini skirts may be permitted in other enclosures.

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