Making a scene with your outfit is a great way to get attention and publicity at Royal Ascot. A woman named Larisa Katz showed up to the third day of Royal Ascot in 2013 wearing this incredible hat and gown that appeared to be made from repurposed and upcycled materials. Take a close look at her hat. Are those gold medallions the tops of tin cans? Maybe!
Her dress is also a piece of wearable art. The champagne-colored gown is crowned with intricate black webbing and pieces resembling seashells across the bodice. From what we can tell, Larisa Katz designed and created this look herself. She’s a couture designer and artist from the Netherlands who creates wearable art for herself and high-profile clients.
A Summer-Ready Color Palette
Early summer in the UK can bring tricky weather. It can be hot and muggy one day, while the next is overcast and rainy. Dressing for Royal Ascot is always a toss-up because of the unpredictable early summer weather. Dutch model Lara Stone lucked out with her light beige look during the fourth day of Royal Ascot in 2012.
She wore a pleated beige dress that reminds us a lot of a classic Roman toga. It’s cinched at the waist and flows around the bodice and hips, creating a unique silhouette. Lara wore a matching beige hat that was made with asymmetrical curled fabric. We love it when Royal Ascot hats end up looking like a piece of wearable sculpture.
Twee Meets Mod
There’s no denying that the 2010s were the height of twee fashion. Twee fashion features cute, dainty, and feminine clothing like Peter Pan collars, cute accessories, and a retro aesthetic that looks kind of like mod fashion. This 2013 look that Lady Helen Taylor wore to Royal Ascot checks all the twee fashion boxes (minus the Peter Pan collar, obviously.)
This dress is so cute and so mod. The color blocking of the dress is a classic mod feature, as well as the bright colors. Lady Taylor nailed her accessories, too. She wore a bright turquoise hat that was shaped like a leaf but in a cute way. That hat, plus the retro-inspired sunglasses, make this outfit a hit as far as we’re concerned.
A Patchwork of Fashion
If you’ve ever heard that granny chic can’t look good, think again. This patchwork dress worn by presenter Martha Ward is absolutely adorable. It’s an all-white ensemble featuring a patchwork of yellow, blue, green, and pink squares. If you look closely, the skirt and bodice give the appearance of using old quilting fabric.
The patchwork is delicate and small, making this dress look chic rather than frumpy. Plus, the fit of the dress is perfectly tailored to Martha’s figure. The bright pink, floral fascinator also adds some extra pizzazz to this cute and unique outfit. Overall, it’s a pretty flattering look for Royal Ascot.
A Day at the Races
You have to be formally invited to attend Royal Ascot in one of its exclusive enclosures. If you do get an invite, you obviously want to look your best while rubbing elbows with the upper crust of UK society. Stylist Caroline Sieber was one of the biggest it-girls of the 2010s, styling the likes of Emma Watson.
She was basically an influencer before social media influencers really became “a thing.” So, it was only natural that one of England’s hottest it-girls would get an exclusive Royal Ascot invite in 2015. Caroline wore an understated but oh-so-cute ensemble to her day at the races. She wore a two-piece skirt suit reminiscent of the Chanel classic. She added a masculine touch with a strong white collared shirt but kept it girly with a twee wicker hat.