This Week’s Ultra-Fabulous Ascot Outfits Are Exactly What I Needed

June 20, 2021 at 06:45AM


Event dressing isn’t a term we have used for the past two summers. This week, however, Royal Ascot went ahead, marking the grand return to dressing up. Ascot can be difficult to dress for at the best of times, as the dress codes for attending the races are strict. In the Royal Enclosure, guests must wear straps of one inch or greater, fascinators are not allowed (you must wear hats with a solid base of 10cm) and dresses must be below the knee or longer. While these dressing regulations can, at times, feel a tad old-fashioned, there is something rather fabulous about putting on a formal dress and hat. 

Given this is a royal event, it’s no surprise that members of the royal family were in attendance, including the Queen, Sophie Countess of Wessex and Princess Anne. As for the trends we’ve seen on the racecourse, many of the guests stuck to classic, My Fair Lady monochrome styling, wearing white and black dresses with black leather accessories. The number of Chanel bags in the images below also indicates how fancy this event is. Another brand which proved popular at Royal Ascot this year is the Vampire’s Wife—we spotted several guests in its signature ruffle-trim dresses.

If you want to look at the most fabulous outfits we’ve seen since 2019…keep scrolling to see our favourite Ascot outfits from the racecourse this year. 

WHO: Susan Bender

WHO: Martha Ward


WHO: Janette Manrara, Deborah Brett and Lady Weymouth

WHO: Weruche Opia and Moriayo Ogunsan 

WHO: Susan Bender

WHO: Savannah Miller. WEAR: Vampire’s Wife

WHO: Lady Emma Weymouth

WHO: Camilla Ridley Day. WEAR: Vampire’s Wife

WHO: Deborah Brett. WEAR: Roksanda

WHO: Sophie, Countess of Wessex. WEAR: Suzannah London

WHO: Susan Bender  

WHO: Awon Golding  

WHO: Sophie, Countess of Wessex

WHO: Georgia Toffolo and Eunice Olumide. WEAR: Outfits rented on By Rotation

WHO: Lisa Armstrong

WHO: Rosie Tapner. WEAR: Suzannah London dress; Longines watch 

WHO: Khadijah Mellah

WHO: Scott Wimsett and Susan Bender  . WEAR: On Susan Bender: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi dress; Victoria Grant hat

WHO: Charlotte Hawkins

WHO: Kate Ozerov. WEAR: Laura Green London two-piece

Next up, see our guide to the key trends for spring/summer 2021.

Author Emma Spedding | Whowhatwear
Selected by CWC