Once you have your tickets booked, start planning your outfit right there and then! The shops start stocking their racks with Summer Fashions from February, and online retailers have summer wear all year round, so start planning now. PLEASE, as a Milliner I ask you, “Don’t leave until end May to hectically throw something together and get made and delivered in time. The most important element of your Royal Ascot outfit is the Hat, and there is a high probability that your perfect Hat will need be handmade to order, with a few weeks very MINIMUM to be made." So, please make sure you plan ahead in time for production and delivery. The other great thing about doing this is that you allow the Milliner to make customizations for you, specific for your outfit. Almost all Milliners (not department stores) will work with you to make such customizations. Your Royal Ascot outfit can be fun and full of character, less matchy matchy than a Mother of the Bride or wedding guest outfit would be. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your colour accents, and build a punchy outfit you wouldn’t normally wear for a formal event.
Here are my style tips on how to pull together your perfect Royal Ascot Races outfits. Lot's of people that attend Royal Ascot and terrified their outfits won't meet the strict dress code. If you are worried about any of these outfits then don't be - I will NEVER recommend a Hat, Headpiece or dress in any of my Royal Ascot outfit posts that are not permitted in the Royal Enclosure or any of the other enclosures.
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Yes, I’m a Milliner, so you may think I’m bias! But honestly it’s so much easier to find a dress to go with an already chosen Hat, than to go out and find a hat for a chosen dress. There are zillions and zillions of dresses to choose from across Stores and the Internet but significantly less hats – The perfect Royal Ascot outfit is all about the Hat, so find the Hat of your dreams first, without being in the limitations of the dress, and you will be able to find a dress afterwards for sure – I promise.
It’s so much easier to find a dress to go with an already chosen dream Hat, than to go out and find a dream hat for an already chosen dress.Fact
You can nearly never fail to look great at the races in a Black and White Monochromatic outfit. This race day fashion classic colour palette always looks chic. Think My Fair Lady, or Vivien Ward (otherwise known as "Pretty Woman"). If you love all white dresses, then Royal Ascot is your chance to wear amazing white dresses that are a No-No for summer wedding guests.
Black and White works great on all skin tones, and body shapes, so there are always lots of outfits you can choose in this colour combo.
Choose the colour that sits closest to your hair, based on the colour of your hair. If you are blond, then a black base will contrast better. If you are dark haired then the opposite. If you are a red-head then either will contrast great.
The Nataliya Tutus headpiece illustrated with the outfit above is available for hire from the www.dress-2-impress.com online hat hire.Click Here
Bracelet : Etsy. Click for Bracelet.
Dress: Ariella London. Click for Dress.
Shoes: Sergio Rossi. Click for Shoes.
Bag: Vivienne Westwood. Click for Bag.
I love the fashion-forward combination of a futuristic metallic with bold yellow, for friends and family attending weddings, or a day at Royal Ascot Ladies Day.
The metallic trend is going nowhere fast, but no one wants to go over board with their metallics anymore than they do their yellow. With yellow being something most want to keep away from their face, and Metallics being so on trend currently, worn half and half is a marriage made in heaven.
The Philip Treacy headpiece illustrated with the outfit above is available for hire from the www.dress-2-impress.com online hat hire.Click Here
The Silver Top is: Coast. Click for Top.
The Floral Skirt is: Coast. Click for Skirt.
Bag: Amazon. Click for Bag.
Nail Varnish: Essie. Click for Nail Varnish.
Perfume: Marc Jacobs "Honey". Click for Perfume.
Shoes: LK Bennett. Click for Shoes.
When you have found the Nude Dress that contrasts with your skin tone for the season, then you can wear an outfit with the Hat, Bag, Dress and Shoes all in the Nudes, without looking Nude.
As with any one colour arrangement though if wearing a hat, follow the same rule. If the dress has a lot going on - lot's of print, cutwork, floral or lace detail, then keep the hat or headpiece simple and chic. If the dress has simple lines and colour, then you can let the hat sing with lot's of size, floral or feather details.
When keeping both the Dress and Hat the same colour, you need choose who the lead singer is. Dress Busy = Simple Hat. Hat Busy = Simple Dress.Hatista Tip
The Headpiece / Hat illustrated with the outfit above is: Whiteley. Click Here for Headpiece.
Dress: Tadashi Shoji. Click for Dress.
Bag: Amazon. Click for Bag (USA). Click for Bag (UK).
Shoes: Etsy. Click for Shoes.
Eyeshadow: Rimmel. Click for Eyeshadow.
Lipstick Pencil: Rodial. Click for Lipstick.
Nail Varnish: Butter. Click for Nail Varnish.
You can’t go wrong with a sophisticated Floral Dress for a day at the races, matched with a complimenting hat, or headpiece that is of course an essential for your Royal Ascot outfits.
A long 'A' Line or full circle skirt in a Bold Floral print is the perfect shape skirt for a day at the races. Look for prints that feature many shades, giving you a choice when looking for your accessories and hat to match.
The Headpiece is: Dress-2-Impress.com. Click for Headpiece.
Dress: Roman Originals. Click for Dress.
Eyeshadow Quad: Max Factor. Click for Eyeshadow.
Shoes: Balenciaga. Click for Shoes.
Bag: Quiz. Click for Bag.
Eyeliner / Shadow: Rimmel. Click for Eyeliner / shadow.
Nail Varnish: Nails Inc. Click for Nail Polish.
The Hat is for Hire at: Dress-2-Impress.com. Click for Black Hat.
Dress: Joseph Ripkoff. Click to Joseph Ripkoff Dress.
Nail Polish: Essie. Click for Nail Polish.
Lipstick: Mac. Click for Lipstick.
Eyeliner Pen: Art Deco. Click for Eyeliner.
Shoes: LK Bennett. Click for Shoes.
The Silk Bag: Etsy. Click for Bag.
I love the mixing hues of one colour, for a day at the races.
The pastels trend is going nowhere fast, but going all pastels is something most of us haven't attempted since we were 10 years old. Pastels work brilliant paired with their deeper counterparts. The outfits below brings in mixed hues of one colour. Choose your favourite colour - be it Green, Blue, Yellow, Purple, Orange, Pink... and select different shades for a winning Royal Ascot Ladies Day outfit. Leave matchy-matchy outfits for Mother of the Bride. Adding contrast to your outfit not only gives it depth, but also means you don't have to spend months finding the hat that's an absolute perfect colour match to your dress.
The headpiece illustrated with the outfit above is available to buy from the www.dress-2-impress.com online shop.Click Here for headpiece
Lilac Dress: St John, Nordstrom. Click for Dress.
Nude Shoes: Aldo. Click for Shoes.
Bag: Ebay. Click for Bag.
Nail Varnish: Deborah Lippmann. Click for Nail Varnish.
The Silver Dawn Guibert headpiece illustrated with the outfit above is available to hire from the www.dress-2-impress.com Hat Hire. Click Here.
Dress: Coast. Click for Dress.
Earrings: Etsy. Click to for Earrings.
Clutch Bag: Etsy. Click for Bag.
Shoes: Michael Kors. Click for Shoes.
Eyeshadow: Anna Sui. Click for Eyeshaow.
Nail Varnish: Anna Sui. Click to Nail Polish.
Below is a Gallery of other Dresses, and Accessories I've found but not included in the above outfits. All perfect for a day at the races.