Monday, 18 June 2012

Royal Ascot Style

The present moment is supreme but it's challenging to live in nowness if you're always drawn to the future. I can easily let go of the past so to write about heritage and tradition is very unlikely, but Royal Ascot is one of the pinnacle events of the summer social season and everyone looks beautifully polished.

Headpiece: Piers Atkinson, dress: Alexander McQueen, cluth bag: Alexander McQueen 
shoes: Sergio Rossi

Tomorrow is the opening of the Royal Ascot, one of Europe's most famous race meetings dating back to 1711, when it was founded by Queen Anne. During five days of thoroughbred horse racing, ladies parade in chic dresses and glamorous hats.

Hat: Suzanne Bettley, dress: Roland Mouret, clutch bag: Jimmy Choo
 shoes: Christian Louboutin

There is a stricter style guide to follow this summer, if you want to enjoy the Royal Ascot experience to the full. "Hats should be worn" is the quintessential requisite and for the Royal Enclosure "a headpiece with a base of 4 inches or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat."

Headpiece: Bundle Maclaren Millinery, dress: Mary Katrantzou, clutch bag: DVF
shoes: Manolo Blahnik

"Dresses and skirts should be of modest lenght defined as falling just above the knee or longer." For the Grandstand enclosure, "strapless or sheer strap dresses are not permitted" but the less formal Silver Ring will not be affected by this summer's dress code changes. 

Hat: Bundle Maclaren Millinery, dress: Temperley, clucth bag: Lulu Guinness
shoes: Charlotte Olympia

And you can also be inspired by these looks for the wedding season but for the Royal Ascot's Royal Enclosure, you must respect the new rules. Organisers said the decision to tighten the dress code was part of a move to restore formality.

Hat: Suzanne Bettley, dress: Oscar de la Renta, clutch bag: Alexander McQueen
shoes: Miu Miu

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