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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 2023
Tuesday 20th – Saturday 24th June 2023
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.
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.