My Style: Ladies Day at Royal Ascot

There are many must-do’s that I haven’t done. Glyndbourne (maybe in twenty years time), Glastonbury (too old now?) and until this year, Ladies Day at Ascot. Yup, I can’t quite believe I hadn’t been there yet, but thanks to a lovely friend who organised the tickets, the transport and just about everything else, there I was last week, sinking my heels into the grass and cheering on the nags.

Ladies Day is notorious for women taking the opportunity to dress up to the nines, but in an attempt to curb the frankly shocking TOWIE-inspired fashions of strapless, almost-skirtless dresses that were showing up, last year, Royal Ascot laid down the rules. This year they went one stage further, publishing a guide on to what to wear, and more importantly, what NOT to wear. The sartorial rules are clear – Strapless: No. Branded Clothing: No. Fancy dress (heaven forbid!): No. Midriffs must be covered, dress straps must not be sheer. Hats (or fascinators) must be worn at all times, trousers must be full length, and even if you’re wearing a jacket or pashmina, whatever’s going on underneath must still comply with the rules.

What did I wear? Alexander McQueen, of course! A simple navy dress, fitted and flared in true McQueen style, worn with a creamy, peachy Alexander McQueen fitted jacket and patent YSL Tributes in a nude-goldish colour. It was the first outing for my Chanel bag, and she did me proud! And the all-important hat? Well, sadly I didn’t have time to go shopping beforehand, so my only hat hanging around at home did the honours.

It was such a fun day out that I can’t wait to go again next year….and next time, I’ll make sure to wear a hat befitting the occasion!




  1. 26 June 2013 / 12:41 am

    You looked amazing there! Sounded like fun!

  2. 26 June 2013 / 9:47 pm

    I love your outfit! Those events sound like a lot of fun!

  3. 4 July 2013 / 2:00 am

    You look great, and it sounds like you had a ton of fun! Love the bag!

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