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Get The Look: Gentlemen’s Royal Ascot Dress Code – Top Hat & Tails

Get The Look: Gentlemen's Royal Ascot Dress Code - Top Hat & Tails
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Royal Ascot – Gold Cup – Royal Ascot Ladies Day

Style and elegance combine for the height of the summer social calendar on Gold Cup Day, colloquially known as ‘Ladies’ Day’. Although the whole week at Royal Ascot is a fashion show like no other, it is Thursday when the designer creations and millinery masterpieces reach the greatest heights.

Thursday’s highlight and feature race is the Group 1 Gold Cup, a battle of stamina and determination over two miles and four furlongs.  This gruelling long distance world championship is not for the faint-hearted.

Where: High St, Ascot, West Berkshire SL5 7JX




Gentlemen are kindly reminded that it is a requirement to wear either black or grey morning dress including a waistcoat and tie, with a top hat and black shoes.



A waistcoat and tie must be worn.

Cravats are no longer accepted in the Royal Enclosure.



All gentlemen in the Royal Enclosure should wear a top hat.

Top hats must be either black or grey.

Customisation – such as the use of coloured ribbons or bands – is not permitted. A gentleman may remove his top hat within a restaurant, a private box, a private club, or that facility’s terrace, balcony or garden. Hats may also be removed within any enclosed external seating area within the Royal Enclosure Garden.



Black shoes should be worn.

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