At the races

Everything that you need for a day the races

At the races

Formal Wear specialises in dress requirements for all race meetings. From a sharp, modern suit to the formal tradition of Royal Ascot, we can ensure that you are dressed right for the occasion.

So, it depends who you are, where you are going, what enclosure you will be in and whether you are a racegoer, trainer, owner or jockey. We can help everyone for all occasions.

Royal Ascot 2020

Tuesday 16th June to Saturday 20th June 2020

There are few sporting venues that can match the rich heritage and history of Ascot Racecourse. For almost 250 years, Royal Ascot has established itself as a national institution and the centrepiece of the British social calendar as well as being the ultimate stage for the best racehorses in the world.

Tradition, pageantry, fashion and style all meet in a glorious setting at one of the most beautiful racecourses in the country. The quality of the horse racing at Royal Ascot is simply outstanding, with many millions in prize money on offer and a total of eighteen ‘Group’ races over the five days.

Formal Wear has a long tradition of ensuring that anyone visiting the Royal Ascot meeting is dressed appropriately and according to Ascot’s rules.

Royal Ascot Dress Code

Ascot Racecourse respectfully requests that racegoers adhere to the dress code. The dress code differs between Royal Ascot and all other racedays so please ensure you are dressed appropriately for the enclosure and raceday you have booked.

Royal Enclosure

Gentlemen are kindly reminded that it is a requirement to wear either black or grey morning dress which must include:

  • A waistcoat and tie (no cravats)
  • A black or grey top hat.
  • Black shoes worn with socks.

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.

The customisation of top hats (with, for example, coloured ribbons or bands) is not permitted in the Royal Enclosure.

Novelty waistcoats and ties, unless of a patriotic nature (for example your national flag) are not permitted.

Owners, Trainers and Grandstand Admission Badgeholders

Grandstand Admission racegoers have the choice to follow the dress code for the Grandstand or that of the Royal Enclosure. Gentlemen are required to wear a suit with a shirt and tie.

FAQs about hiring

How do I contact?

Use the contact form or give us a call or email and we will arrange a consultation and fitting.

Is there a deposit required?

A small deposit is required when the garments are booked.

When do I collect the suit?

Normally the day before the event.

When do I pay for the suit?

Full payment is required when the garments are collected.

When do I return the suit?

For a weekday event return the next day and for a Saturday event return on Monday.


Formal or less formal meeting, what are the appropriate accessories? We have experience of all race meetings and can advise you what is appropriate for all occasions.

Top hat and gloves

For the most formal meetings ensure that you have a black or grey top hat and gloves.


Make a classic impression with a beautiful white silk scarf.


The choice of tie depends on the meeting. We will advise you on what is appropriate, fashionable and allowable.


Always get the best cufflinks, tie pins and tie bars to finish off the outfit.

Hat and scarf

For the less formal meeting, choose a classic combination of quality hat and scarf.


Carry a classic leather wallet, hopefully to carry back your winnings.