Dress to impress

Be a winner in the style stakes whatever the big occasion with fashion inspiration from Royal Ascot

Summer style at the races


Whether you’ll be sipping champagne with your best girls on Ladies’ Day or having a flutter on the Diamond Jubilee Stakes with your husband-to-be, Royal Ascot is the place to see and be seen this summer.


So make sure you’re a winner in the style stakes whatever the occasion with this best-dressed guide from the experts at Royal Ascot. From maids to mums, grooms to going-away frocks, there’s fashion inspiration for everyone.

Royal Ascot takes place from Tuesday 19 to Saturday 23 June. For more information, visit ascot.co.uk

White floral cutwork dress, Whistles. Rose gold shoes, Russell & Bromley. Fascinator, Nerida Fraiman at John Lewis. Gold cuff, Jody Candrian.

My fair lady


Rock the Royal Enclosure Fifties style in this fabulous frock with retro-inspired detailing and curve-enhancing shape.

Pale pink satin dress with pearl collar and pockets, Suzie Turner. Patent nude court shoes, Rupert Sanderson. Pink tulle hat, Miss Jones by Stephen Jones.

In the navy


Go for cutie-pie cool in the paddock in this retro-inspired navy chiffon dress with cream lace panels. Team with a slick of racy red lipstick and you’re ready to wow.

Lace pleated dress, Jaeger. Polka dot wedges, Gina. Wide brimmed hat, Miss Jones by Stephen Jones

Red alert


A bejewelled jacket adds instant daytime glamour to a simple shift dress.

Pale pink crossover dress and red beaded jacket, Antonio Berardi. Nude shoes, Rupert Sanderson. Pink feather hat, Piers Atkinson.

For the frill of it


If neutrals are your clothing comfort blanket add a shot of fresh colour in a safe way with a bright and beautiful hat.

She wears: cream two piece skirt suit, Suzie Turner. Cream sling back heels, Gina. Orange wicker hat, Noel Stewart.

He wears: black jacket, grey waistcoat, grey stipped trousers, pale blue tie and top hat, all Moss Bros. Black shoes, Crockett and Jones.

Lavender haze


Match your man to your dress the high society way! This ladylike lace number will look sublime as you sip champers on the terrace while your husband-to-be looks handsome in a lilac-hued tie and waistcoat.

She wears: pale blue, long-sleeve chiffon dress with lace overlay, Luisa Beccaria. Nude high heels, Christian Louboutin. Cream net hat, Stephen Jones.

He wears: morning suit with pale blue waistcoat and tie, Gieves and Hawkes. Black shoes, Crockett and Jones. Black top hat, Bates Hatters.

Out of the blue


Mum is sure to turn heads in this cool metallic blue dress with figure-flattering pleats, which add sumptuous shape to the knee-length skirt.

Light blue pleated dress with built in gloves, Nicholas Oakwell. Hat, Stephen Jones. Pale blue and white sandals, Bally.

She wears the trousers


Swap your skirt for a suit and steal the show in this attention-grabbing ensemble. Give it a girly edge with teetering heels and glossy tumbling tresses peeking out from a simple hat.

Pink suit, Whistles. Fuchsia satin heels, Gina. Straw hat, Noel Stewart.

Putting on my top hat


Struggling to tear your man away from his favourite jeans and sweatshirt? Even the most reluctant of suit wearers can be turned into a suave gentleman with a classic top hat and tails.

Black jacket, grey waistcoat, grey stripped trousers, pale blue tie and top hat, all Moss Bros. Black lace up shoes, Crockett and Jones.

Here comes the sun


Buck the trend for barely-there neutrals by going bright and beautiful in this striking sunshine yellow skirt.

Black top, H&M. Lace skirt, Karen Millen. Yellow slingback shoes, Ursula Mascaro. Fascinator, Piers Atkinson. Mini bag, Emporio Armani

Uptown girl


Gossip Girl goes to the races! Team bright prints with pops of block colour for a sassy, fresh-off-the-runway look.

Leopard print blouse, Gerard Darel. Pink skirt, Nanette Lepore. Yellow sandals, Jimmy Choo. Headband, Piers Atkinson. Tassel bag, Blank

Bright young things


Ice cream shades are hot to trot this summer so mix and match pretty pastel hues to make sure you’re a winner in the style stakes.

She wears: peach blouse, Gerard Darel. Pleated skirt, Reiss. Fascinator, Jane Taylor. Ankle socks, Massimo Dutti. Monochrome shoes, Ursula Mascaro.

He wears: white suit, Ted Baker. Striped shirt, Topman. Pink tie, Reiss. Shoes, Jimmy Choo. 

Bolt from the blue


Experiment with texture and pattern in the same colour palette for a funky, fashion-forward take on racing style.

Tweed cropped jacket, Paul & Joe Sister. Duck egg blue shirt, Equipment. Print trousers, HUGO by Hugo Boss. Scalloped headpiece, John Lewis.

Silver lining


Let your man channel a little Mod style in this slick grey suit with standout black buttons.

Grey double breasted suit and pale tie, both Reiss. Blue shirt with white collar, Valentino.

Green goddess


Parade your pins in this tiered mini skirt paired with a boxy cropped jacket in this season’s hottest shade; jade green.

Cropped jacket, Boutique by Jaeger. Silk vest, River Island. Black skirt, Tibi. Feathered hat, Piers Atkinson. Necklace, stylist’s owns. 

Little madam


We love the gold-tipped heels which add a rock-chick edge to this preppy tea dress.

Printed dress, ACNE. Purple slingbacks, KG by Kurt Geiger. Headband, Jane Taylor. Feather headpiece, Jane Taylor

Best dressed boy


A royal blue suit is perfect high summer style if you’re keen to see your man in something a bit different.


Chambray blue suit, Reiss. Blue shirt, Francisco Van Benthum. Cream tie, M&S. Navy boots, Jimmy Choo