Taking place 14 June – 18 June 2022, the countdown for the Royal Ascot is on and racing’s chicest event permits fashion to reign supreme. With an official dress code to adhere to, we’ve laid out some outfit ideas to help you nail this summer social…and there’s not an over-the-top fascinator or OTT hat insight.

We’re gearing up for a summer of fun and frivolity and event dressing is firmly back on the cards. If you’re lucky enough to be attending Ascot this year, you’ll know that your outfit has to be royal-ly wow.

Dress codes apply depending on the enclosure, but generally, dresses and skirts should be of modest length and straps should be of one inch or greater. Hats, headpieces and fascinators are to be worn but we’ve found some more modern options for those in fear of the fascinator (we’ve got you, girl.)


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Martha Ward gives a masterclass into how to do chic and Ascot-approved headwear with this pastel blue Stephen Jones number.

Scroll below for our edit of elegant frocks and contemporary accessories perfect for the fancy affair or take inspiration for any upcoming summer events.

Aje's sculptural designs are sure to make a statement and will have you top of the best-dressed list.

There is no official dress code for the Windsor Enclosure, so we recommend taking this pretty Reformation dress for a spin. Get your money's worth and wear it for a summer wedding too.

If you're looking to ditch the dress for a structured suit, Reiss's pastel duo is top of our list. Pair with neutral and gold accessories for understated elegance.

Rixo's feminine dresses boast a bohemian spirit perfect for younger attendees looking to step away from tradition. The bold floral print and billowing sleeves are a winning combo.

This classic 40s inspired dress is elegant yet fun with the added bow details and crystal belt. Take it to the next level by contrasting modern pumps with vintage jewellery.

We're always on the hunt for wardrobe staples and Rotate's satin dress is perfect for like-minded events. Pastel accessories give it a playful edge.

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