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Mens Clothing Guidelines for Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot is the most prestigious event in the racing calendar. Ascot brings with it an array of dress codes for both men and women.

Are you familiar with the Royal Ascot Dress Code?

Here at Christopher Scotney we make it our business to keep abreast of the clothing requirements for men at Royal Ascot. Whether you choose to hire your outfit from our Hirewear Store or buy from our Designerwear Store, we will have you perfectly kitted out for Ascot in no time.

Royal Enclosure:

ascot suit hire for royal enclosureGentlemen within the Royal Enclosure are asked to wear the following:

  • Black or grey morning dress (tails):
    Black tailcoats should be worn with black or grey pinstriped trousers. Grey tailcoats should be worn with plain grey trousers of the same cloth.

    You can choose to either hire or buy your Royal Ascot tailcoat from us. We stock a full range tailcoat sizes in three different lengths.

  • A waistcoat:
    Traditionally this would be buff or grey, but a little eccentricity is now allowed so you can choose whatever waistcoat you would like to wear.

    We have a wide range of waistcoats which are perfect for Royal Ascot in our mens hire shop. This year we have added a number of double breasted waistcoats to our collection, which are proving extremely popular with racegoers.

  • A tie:
    Your tie can be of any colour. We would suggest avoiding clashing your tie with your waistcoat. Cravats and bow ties are not permitted.

    Visit our designerwear store to choose from a huge range of ascot ties from every colour in the rainbow!

  • suit hire for royal ascotShirt:
    A white or pale coloured shirt with a regular collar.

  • Black Lace Up Shoes:
    You can hire a pair of shoes from us, or visit our store to choose shoes from designers including Jeffery West, Oliver Sweeney, Paul Smith, Armani and Hugo Boss. A new addition for this year (2018) is that black socks reaching above the ankle must be worn.

  • A top hat in black or grey.
    Black tends to be seen as the more correct option in terms of an Ascot top hat. However, grey is also acceptable. Strictly speaking an Ascot top hat should be 1 inch taller than a regular top hat. We carry Ascot top hats as part of our men’s hire collection.

    You should wear your top hat at all times unless in a restaurant, private box, private club, private terrace, private balcony or private garden. Hats can also be removed within any enclosed seating area within the Royal Enclosure Garden.

    Customisation of top hats is not permitted.

Boys (aged 10-16) should follow the gentleman’s dress code, or wear a dark coloured lounge suit with a shirt and tie. Boys are not required to wear a hat.

Queen Anne Section:

Gentlemen are required to wear a full-length suit with jacket and trousers of the same colour and pattern with a shirt and tie. Socks must also be worn and should cover the ankle. Gentlemen are kindly asked to wear a tie at all times and to note that bow ties and cravats are not allowed. Trainers are not permitted.

Village Enclosure:

Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket, full-length trousers, collared shirt and tie. Jeans and trainers are not permitted. Bow ties and cravats are not permitted. Socks must also be worn and should cover the ankle.

Windsor Enclosure:

Ladies and gentlemen within the Windsor Enclosure are requested to dress in a manner as befits a formal occasion. It is recommended that ladies wear smart attire with a hat or fascinator and gentlemen wear a jacket, shirt and long trousers.


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