- In the Royal Enclosure gentlemen are required to wear either black or grey morning dress. A morning suit consists of a tailcoat jacket, striped trousers, accompanied with a waistcoat, shirt and tie. But everyone can join in the sense of occasion and dress up in any area during the Royal Meeting.
- Look the part with the Royal Ascot Collection, consisting of tailcoat, trousers, waistcoat, shirt and tie, exclusively available from Moss Bros Hire, from £89. The luxurious lightweight tailcoat is perfect for summer temperatures and co-ordinates with traditional pinstripe trousers.
- Wear a Top Hat – A must in the Royal Enclosure and befitting any area of the racecourse during Royal Ascot.
- Don’t wear it at a jaunty angle. Resist the temptation to rest it on your ears
- Ensure your hat is well fitted – you don’t want it to hang over your eyebrows or too tight so as to give you a humdinger of a headache!
- Cravats really stand out as the wrong choice at Royal Ascot. Wear a tightly knotted tie instead.
- Keep ties simple and smart – a splash of colour will complement your suit and lift the entire look.
- Ties are an opportunity to display individuality and personality but don’t over do it or you’ll look like the Mad Hatter at his tea party!
- Keep it simple with a white shirt – it will work with any tie and waistcoat combinations. Equally a gently shaded one is just as appropriate.
- Ensure you show at least an inch of shirt cuff below the coat sleeve as it balances out the crispness of the shirt at the neckline and contrasts with the dark morning suit for a fabulously smart combination.
- Whatever you do, don’t display your shirt beneath the waistcoat!
WAIST NOT WANT NOT
- Although the tradition for waistcoats is for dove grey, or biscuit brown, coloured waistcoats are much more acceptable than brazen pattern.
- Always leave the bottom button undone. Remember this little rhyme when it comes to doing up buttons: always for the top, sometimes for the middle, never the bottom.
- Coordinate with your partner’s outfit and you’ll look the perfect match!
Last minute DON’TS :
- Avoid stuffing hankies into breast pockets, they should be neatly folded and pressed. Always opt for silk..a cotton one simply won’t do!
- Socks should be grey or black. Coloured socks are no longer considered eccentric, they just tend to look a little cheesy.
- Don’t let your outfit down with scuffed shoes. Give them a good polish until you can see your reflection in them.