Ladies Day at the Races



One of the most famous days of the Race Season has to be Royal Ascot Ladies Day. The only day where hats receive as much if not more attention than the horses! What woman is going to give up the opportunity of a new outfit, fabulous hat and the chance to win some money to buy more new clothes and shoes!

 House of Fraser Suzanne Bettley6272b Pink and Black Floral Pencil Dress Ghost Office Ted Baker Nevo 3 High Heels Hanging Gardens

In general most things are acceptable attire for a day at the races as long as it’s smart. However with it’s reputation as the ‘Sport of Kings’ we seem to feel the need to make the effort to try to blend in with the posh folk.

Snoxells Robyn Pillbox and Quill Fascinator, Silver  6298b Grey and Ivory Floral Shift Dress Ghost 6273c Pink and Black Lace Effect Ponte Dress GhostFLOWER FASCINATOR Jacques Vert

If you have to travel on the day then a pretty shift dress in crease resistant fabrics is a great choice. Team with a cute fascinator that can be popped on last minute without ruining your hair.

FLOWER LOOP FASCINATOR Jacques Vert6317c Black and Pink Floral Mock Wrap Dress Ghost Office Midnight Strappy Ankle Tie Heels Pink Nubuck

In the Grandstand the dress code is little more formal, men must wear a suit and tie whilst ladies must wear a hat or fascinator.

John Lewis Tess Large Brim Occasion Hat, Lipstick6306b Navy Blue and Pink Floral Shift Dress Ghost OfficeTed Baker Neevo 3 High Heel Fuschia Print

The right pair of statement shoes can make your outfit look twice as expensive.

John Lewis Megan Rosebud Crin Fascinator, Black.Red6315b Black and White Floral Shift Dress Ghost  Office Nicole Point Courts Red Nubuck Leather

A splash of bold colour can jazz up a monochrome dress.

John Lewis Louisa Twisted Flower Occasion Hat, Chamapagne6162 Mocha and Ivory Spotted Wrap Dress Ghost  Office Arch Toe Cap Point Heels Mink and Black

If you’re fortunate enough to have a ticket to the Royal Enclosure there are strict dress codes to adhere to. Men must wear morning suits and top hats whilst ladies are expected to wear dresses of knee length or longer and a hat (not a fascinator).

 Whiteley Laura Flower Detail Occasion Hat, Black.White6191 Black and Ivory Print Wrap Dress Ghost Office Abigail Block Heel Courts Black Nubuck

A wrap dress is perfect for adhering to the strict dress code at Ascot, team with a fabulous big hat (not too big that you block out the sun and everyone’s view!) and coordinating accessories.

CLean Heels House of Fraser

Something to think about is the type of shoe you wear on the day. A block heel will stop you sinking into any soft ground but if you really love your stilettos then maybe invest in a pair of clear heel stoppers/protectors. You can keep them in you bag just in case you need them.


Hopefully the weather will be fine on the day and you win some money.  Who knows you may even see a Royal or two and even a celebrity if you’re lucky.

Have a great time.



* Shoes shown are available from Office

** Hats shown are available from John Lewis and Jacques Vert

*** Heel Stoppers are widely available online and from most department stores


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