All eyes were on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle when they attended Royal Ascot in 2018. The famous couple had just tied the knot in their extravagant May ceremony, and this would be the very first time Meghan attended Royal Ascot. Plus, this prestigious event was one of the first outings Meghan would attend as the Duchess of Sussex.
Obviously, this was a big deal. Meghan knew she had to put her best foot forward, and that she did. She attended the event wearing Givenchy, the same designer who made her wedding gown. Her cream-colored dress had delicate and subtle floral embroidery along the waistline, which she cinched with a black-and-gold belt. She topped off her look with a Philip Treacy hat.
Seeing Spots at Royal Ascot
Doina Ciobanu served retro Hollywood glamor with this 2018 Royal Ascot look. The model and influencer wore a fun polka dot dress that stood out from the crowd with its bright aqua color. The dress has an 80s vibe with its ruched bodice and shoulder pads, but Doina incorporated pearls and a red lip for a glamorous 50s edge.
For her headwear, Doina sported a wide black hat with intricate detailing on top. Her hat, gloves, and shoes matched the black polka dots on her dress, nicely counterbalancing the bright aqua. For shoes, she kept it slightly casual and summer-friendly with a pair of espadrille heels. Overall, we love how this look combines different decades and styles so seamlessly.
A Twist on a Turban
There are some truly amazing hats out there. Royal Ascot just may be the best place to see them. Attendees are always debuting innovative, original, and just plain zany hats at this week-long prestigious event. Designer Amanda Wakeley embodied her famous “clean glam” aesthetic with this 2018 outfit.
Amanda wore a little black dress with gorgeous floral detailing along the side. We especially love this look because it has pockets. You can’t go wrong with a dress with pockets. She also wore an intricate turban-style hat with elaborate strands of fabric intertwining in the air above her head. It was a fun twist on the classic turban style of hat often seen at Royal Ascot.
We love this 2019 look that Autumn Phillips wore to Royal Ascot. At the time of this event, Autumn was married to Peter Phillips, the eldest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II. Autumn’s proximity to the Royal Family undoubtedly landed her in the Royal Enclosure for the Ascot event. So, she had to dress accordingly and follow all the event’s strict dress code rules.
Autumn wore a jumpsuit in a gorgeous eggshell blue color. Her hat matched the color exactly, which makes us think it was custom-made. Jumpsuits were officially allowed by the Royal Ascot dress code in 2017. It seems that Autumn was excited about this updated dress code because she rocked this look only a couple of years later. We don’t blame her. Jumpsuits are wildly comfortable.
A Modern Jane Austen
Hana Cross is best known for having dated Brooklyn Beckham, but we think she stands on her own regarding personal style. Hana wore this sweet floral dress to Royal Ascot, which fit her beautifully. The tea-length dress featured floral fabric that had a vintage feel to it, which was further played up with the wide pilgrim collar and black bow in the front.
The puff sleeves and collar created a twee vibe that was the perfect combo of modern, retro, and the Georgian Era à la Jane Austen. The dress escapes being too stodgy with its tight fit, low-cut neckline, and perfect tailoring. Of course, no Royal Ascot look is complete without a hat. Hana wore a black fascinator with a short mesh veil.