If you were looking for a more relaxed atmosphere, we bet you went for the Windsor Enclosure. The extensive lawns make for a perfect setting for a DIY picnic, and the live music gives off more of a party feel. It’s less formal, and a bit more energetic.
In keeping with that less formal environment, there is no dress code in the Windsor Enclosure. That said, Ascot encourages men to still take a smart-casual approach to the day. What you can glean from that is, you can be a bit more creative with your outfit. Opt for a bright coloured suit, choose a bold pocket square and make an unexpected shoe choice. No matter what you choose, if you’re in this Enclosure, don’t be afraid to express yourself.
When it comes to planning your outfit, it makes sense to think about the practical side of things too. As well as looking the part you want to stay comfortable and ready for the day ahead. Check the weather before you go and think about what you need to wear to fit – although the event’s in June you can’t always rely on the weather to do what’s expected. Try layers and changing up your shoes depending on the weather and if the dress code can take it.
If you’re travelling to Ascot, make sure that you pack everything you need with you. Shoes, socks, accessories like ties and cufflinks. You don’t want to spend your time rushing around on race day trying to pick up those last-minute items, ending up with something that isn’t right.
If in doubt, err on the side of caution and stick with a suit for a smart, race-ready look. For a formal event like the races, it’s always best to be overdressed rather than underdressed.