Royal Ascot has existed since 1711. It doesn’t take a fashion historian to notice that how we dress for formal occasions has changed significantly since then. Royal Ascot has held up high standards for its dress code since the very beginning, but it’s had to make some exceptions over the years. As the times changed, Royal Ascot began allowing women to wear pantsuits, jumpsuits, and other “modern” attire.
This outfit fully embraces those modern dress code accommodations. This bright and colorful outfit features a two-piece pantsuit that would have never been allowed only a few decades before. We’re sure glad this was allowed because it’s a pretty cool outfit. The jacket and wide-leg pants feature a bright pink and green tropical pattern, which is complemented by the bright pink fascinator.
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.
Pretty in Pink
There are some truly timeless wardrobe choices that will never, ever go out of style. We think the shirt dress is one of those timeless pieces. Zara Tindall, daughter of Princess Anne, wore this amazingly chic dress to the 2022 Royal Ascot. Zara is an accomplished equestrian and Olympian herself, so it’s no surprise that she attended Royal Ascot with her husband.
Her tea-length dress was the subtlest shade of pink, with hot pink buttons going all the way down the front. The shirt-dress style was accentuated with a cinched waist and a strong collar. The best parts of this outfit are definitely the hot pink shoes and the Kelly green straw hat. Everything about this look is fun and modern while still remaining classy and Royal Enclosure-approved.
Wearing the Wardrobe
Singer Mabel decided to pay homage to the Surrealists with this cheeky “Ladies Day” outfit in 2022. Fans were pleasantly surprised to see Mabel attend the races, and her outfit was even more surprising. She wore a Moschino skirt suit that created the illusion of a chest of drawers.
The jacket and skirt had gold embroidery, giving the trompe-l’oeil illusion of open drawers. The collar, sleeves, and skirt hem were embroidered with elaborate gold detailing commonly found on fancy wardrobes, making this look all the more outrageous. Moschino is known for its over-the-top and ironic fashion pieces, making it a perfect choice for “Ladies Day.”