A small bag or clutch is pretty much a requirement to attend Royal Ascot. You won’t see a giant tote bag or backpack in sight in any of those enclosures, that’s for sure. Women have been finding creative ways to bring their essentials into the races with them for decades. One workaround is to accessorize your outfit with a cute statement bag or clutch.
This woman wore a bright yellow dress, black jacket, and simple hat to Royal Ascot in 2016. It’s a pretty cute, pretty standard outfit that follows all the dress code rules and regulations. However, she simply had to infuse some of her personality into this safe look. Her tiny black bag has a cartoon design of outer space on it. How fun is that?
Elizabeth Hurley Keeps It Classy
We can all agree that Elizabeth Hurley could wear a potato sack and still look stunning. Thankfully, she has a way better sense of style than that. She showed up to Royal Ascot in 2016 in this gorgeous white ensemble that fit the bustling early summer feel of the event.
She wore a form-fitting classic sheath dress that was perfectly tailored to her body. To follow the dress code, she wore a cropped white jacket with a distinctly 60s mod feel. Of course, no Ascot look is complete without a hat. Elizabeth Hurley coupled her white dress with a matching white hat. The giant rose and feather detail emerging from the side really elevated the whole look.
Beige Does Not Equal Boring
The thing we love about modern-day Royal Ascot fashion is how attendees often bring a twist to traditional racing event attire. Actress Olivia Grant attended the 2016 horse racing event in this classic dress and coat, but there was something distinctly different about it. As you take in her outfit from top to bottom, you’ll notice that the bottom of her coat is covered in feathers.
Olivia stuck to a conservative cut and fit but wanted to spice things up to make it look more modern. The beige coat has layers of white feathers along the bottom half and darker sequin detailing to create more texture and visual interest. This surprising detail is a fun but classy twist on the usual Royal Ascot look.
A Cheerful Color Choice
Royal Ascot is like a fancy garden party for the who’s who of England. Light, cheerful color palettes are common for men and women alike when they dress for the week-long exclusive event. This color palette of white, coral, and gold is fresh, light, and perfect for early summer in the UK.
We love Olivia Colman’s coral-pink dress because it looks classy, comfortable, and 100% appropriate for Royal Ascot. She fought off the chill with an open-front coat that had the cutest ruffled bell sleeves. In classic Ascot fashion, she sported a cartwheel hat with an elaborate floral flourish emerging from one side.
A Playful Garden Look
We love the look actress Nathalie Emmanuel wore to the 2017 Royal Ascot. Her dress is so colorful, ethereal, and feminine. The floral design is classic without looking too stuffy, thanks to the colors and mirror-image pattern throughout the whole dress. The baby blue, red, and pink palette of the dress is also very unique.
Nathalie wore her natural hair brushed back to show her fresh-faced makeup and classic pearl earrings. The best part of her whole look was the tiny white top hat balanced on her head. The hat is so small that it probably qualifies as a fascinator, technically. It’s a clever and quaint play on the usually ostentatious derby hats commonly found in other enclosures.