Event dressing isn’t a term we have used for the past two summers. This week, however, Royal Ascot is going ahead, marking the grand return to dressing up. Ascot can be difficult to dress for at the best of times, as the dress codes for attending the races are strict. In the Royal Enclosure, guests must wear straps of one inch or greater, fascinators are not allowed (you must wear hats with a solid base of 10cm) and dresses must be below the knee or longer. While these dressing regulations can, at times, feel a tad old-fashioned, there is something rather fabulous about putting on a formal dress and hat.
Given this is a royal event, we’re bound to spot a number of royals this week. As for the trends we’ve seen on the racecourse, the guests so far have been sticking to classic, My Fair Lady monochrome styling, wearing white and black dresses with black leather accessories. The number of Chanel bags in the images below also indicates how fancy this event is.
Keep scrolling to see our favourite Ascot outfits of 2021 so far.
Next up, see our guide to the key trends for spring/summer 2021.