How to dress for Royal Ascot - The Inside Pocket


As the centrepiece of the British racing calendar, Royal Ascot is a prestigious event with a strict dress code to match.

The rigidity of the rules varies for the different enclosures, but to save any trackside embarrassment in the style stakes (or worse – refused entry), here’s our guide to a winning look on any ticket.


As the most esteemed ticket, it’s essential you get your outfit right or you’ll risk being turned away. You’re required to wear 3-piece morning dress and a top hat is an absolute must. Black morning suits are the standard, but grey is also acceptable and looks great if the sun is shining.

Ties (never cravats) are the accepted neckwear. Keep it sophisticated with a silk tie in a paisley print or a simple splash of block colour rather than anything too showy – this is definitely not the time for that ill-gifted novelty-wear. Shoes must be black and you’d do well to give them a serious polish.

Hire our Royal Ascot package in-store or online from £57. If you’re ordering a top hat you’ll have to collect from one of our stores. We’ve got several dress code-approved options including our exclusive Royal Ascot morning suit, shown above. Specially designed for the British summer, it’s crafted from luxurious pure new wool that’ll keep you warm on an overcast day, but also keep you stay cool if the sun does decide to shine.

You’ll need to place your order by 9th June if you order online but we usually still have availability to hire in-store after this, in case you get a last-minute ticket.



Not got a pass to the Royal Enclosure? There’s plenty of action to be had elsewhere: the Queen Anne Enclosure gives you access to the Grandstand and the surrounding lawns with restaurants and bars.

Dress wear is not essential, but you will see lots of men still plump for the full morning suit. It’s not often you get to dress up like this, so feel free to do go all out.

Otherwise, the rules say you need to wear a matching suit with a shirt and tie. If you decide against morning dress, our pick is a tailored 3-piece in a summery colour with a silk tie and pocket square and polished oxfords.


Now in its second year, the Village Enclosure gives you brilliant views of the race alongside pop-up restaurants and bars, with live DJs and bands continuing the day’s soundtrack into the night.

The dress code is more relaxed so you don’t have to wear a full suit. That means more opportunity to style some tailored separates together. Dial up your look to match the Village’s energetic atmosphere with a bold windowpane check jacket. Bonus: it’ll also help you stand out in the crowd should you lose your group while getting a round in.

You do still need to wear a tie here though. Feel free to work another pattern into the mix but keep it in a similar shade to your jacket so the overall effect still reads as refined.


Right in the action, the Windsor Enclosure is perhaps the most accessible way to be part of this famous event, but you’ll still enjoy a great atmosphere and the sight of the horses sprinting down the straight mile.

No formal dress code applies here, though you’re still encouraged to dress smartly. It’s a rare occasion for most of us to attend such a glamorous event, so we advise grabbing the opportunity to wear something sharp.

A neatly tailored jacket will work well for the occasion teamed with smart chinos and a crisp shirt. This one’s cut from crease-resistant cloth and on the smart side of casual with neat notch lapels and modern patch pockets. You can skip the tie here but we suggest you tuck in a patterned pocket square for a final styling flutter.