Glamorous race goers wear statement hats as Royal Ascot takes off

Crowning Glory! Glamorous race goers wear statement hats as Royal Ascot kicks off a new ‘bold’ dress code

  • The first day of Royal Ascot has begun – with glamorous racers donning colorful summer dresses
  • Ladies see it coming with extravagant hats and sporty headwear decorated with flowers, feathers and jewels
  • The famous racing event has largely returned to its pre-pandemic status – with no restrictions on revelers
  • Royal Enclosure attendees are required to wear a ‘modest’ hemline, but elsewhere in the latest style guide to the famed event, it appears that sky-high miniskirts are allowed in other enclosures

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It’s the jewel in the racing season’s crown when it comes to style, and Royal Ascot got off to a suitably fashionable start this morning – with a new dress code encouraging high glamor at the famous English horse race meeting.

Seen by many as the calendar highlight of the UK summer season, Royal Ascot has finally returned to its former pre-pandemic glory – with attendees encouraged to pull out all the stops for the tailors.

The Style Guide published this year for the event, the eleventh of its kind, calls for formality in the Royal Enclosure, but it is thought a more relaxed approach will be taken elsewhere, actively encouraging lavish occasion wear.

And Monday’s early arrivals took the latest clothing guidelines to the letter – with a dazzling array of colorful outfits, with show-stopping statement hats taking center stage.

It’s the jewel in the crown of the racing season when it comes to style, and Royal Ascot got off to a suitably fashionable start this morning as fans arrived at the Berkshire course for a day of sporting action

The show-stopping black-and-yellow outfit caught the eye on the first day of the five-day meet

This stylish reveler wore a 60s lemon dress with a matching clutch bag - but it was the oversized floral headwear that stole the show

The show-stopping black-and-yellow outfit caught the eye on the first day of the five-day meet. This stylish reveler wore a 60s lemon dress with a matching clutch bag – but it was the oversized floral headwear that stole the show

A ray of sunshine!  The famous racing event has largely returned to its pre-pandemic status - with no restrictions on revelers - and a dress code that seems to encourage people to pull out all the stops on occasion.

A ray of sunshine! The famous racing event has largely returned to its pre-pandemic status – with no restrictions on revelers – and a dress code that seems to encourage people to pull out all the stops on occasion.

Hats off to high glamour!  A fuschia-colored flower bloom was seen on this racer

Hats off to high glamour! A fuschia-colored flower bloom was seen on this racer

Two friends coordinated in green, with one opting for a chic layered number, while the other opting for a light shade with lace panels

Monochrome magic!

Two friends were coordinated in green, with one opting for a chic layered number, while the other opted for a light shade with lace panels. Monochrome magic! Black and white also featured in the color scheme for day one participants

After two years of restrictions, Royal Ascot looks set for a total meeting in 2022. Pictured: A contestant looks stylish in white and blue, with two oversized blue rose flowers and fluttering feathers making a fashion statement

After two years of restrictions, Royal Ascot looks set for a total meeting in 2022. Pictured: A contestant looks stylish in white and blue, with two oversized blue rose flowers and fluttering feathers making a fashion statement

Race-goers made a splash in milinery decorated with flowers and feathers, and even the Union Jack

Elegant racers have long been accustomed to dress to impress for the Royal Ascot – but this year’s annual event encourages guests to be more daring than ever with their outfit choice.

This year’s Royal Ascot Style Guide, the eleventh of its kind, is eager to show race followers around the world that British fashion houses can help those attending the Royal Meeting look their best.

Meanwhile, it also appears to be encouraging race-goers to embrace a more ‘casual’ take on the event, with female models posing in mini-dresses and platform shoes, while men are allowed to wear Cuban shirts and printed garments.

Royal Enclosure participants are required to wear a “modest” hemline, but elsewhere in the guide it appears that sky-high miniskirts are allowed in other enclosures.

The sky was blue over Berkshire's famous racecourse, prompting some riders to opt for the less is more look.  Pictured: Two race fans donned dramatic gold outfits as day one kicked off

The sky was blue over Berkshire’s famous racecourse, prompting some riders to opt for the less is more look. Pictured: Two race fans donned dramatic gold outfits as day one kicked off

This year's Style Guide, the eleventh of its kind, aims to show race followers around the world that British fashion houses can help those who attend the Royal Meeting, it's all about looking your best

This year’s Style Guide, the eleventh of its kind, aims to show race followers around the world that British fashion houses can help those who attend the Royal Meeting, it’s all about looking your best

Early arrivals were seen taking the latest dress code literally - sporting a range of colorful outfits, with statement hats taking center stage

Early arrivals were seen taking the latest dress code literally – sporting a range of colorful outfits, with statement hats taking center stage

Formal: The Royal Enclosures still require visitors to give their Sunday best… but other parts of the racecourse will take on a more relaxed take on dress

Formal: The Royal Enclosures still require visitors to give their Sunday best… but other parts of the racecourse will take on a more relaxed take on dress

Thousands are expected to descend on the Ascot Racecourse in the coming days - as one of the most famous events in the Society's calendar returns

Thousands are expected to descend on the Ascot Racecourse in the coming days – as one of the most famous events in the Society’s calendar returns

The new dress code also appears to encourage race-goers to embrace a more ‘casual’ take on the event, with female models posing in mini-dresses and platform shoes, while men are allowed to wear Cuban shirts and printed garments.

Royal Enclosure participants are required to wear a “modest” hemline, but elsewhere in the guide it appears that sky-high miniskirts are allowed in other enclosures.

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