The Royal Ascot style edit

As promised, here are a few thoughts on what to wear for Royal Ascot this year, following the recently updated dress code: remember, no strapless, no minis, a hat with a base of four inches minimum, and a trouser suit only if the jacket and trousers are matchy. Follow these simple rules and you should be fine!

I've picked three styles which are classic staples of this type of formal events: Pretty in Pastel, Bright and Beautiful, and Monochrome Elegance. My favourite is the Pastel edit, but before we start here are just three rules of my own that I'd add to the ones published by the organisers of Royal Ascot:

1) For such occasions, unless you are a well-known eccentric, it is best to keep with classic looks and lines... that Ipad hat is fun, but it sure isn't elegant or pretty;

2) Just because you are sticking to classic elegance doesn't mean you need to channel your 75-year old great-aunt Mathilda, dressing elegantly and for your age is not impossible!

3) If you're wearing a hat, lose the sunglasses; the odds are the sun won't be out anyways (this is England after all) but even if it is as bright as Tuscany in August, please do refrain from this combination, there is really no nice way to style it.

Now for the shopping, I hope you like my picks!

1. Pink hat with wide brim, Nigel Rayment at Harrods
2. Floral print tea dress, River Island
3. Patent stilettos, Elie Tahari at Harrods
4. Classic hat with roses, Yvette Jelfs at LoveHats.com
5. Customised clutch, Anya Hindmarch
6. Straw pillarbox in powder pink, Jane Taylor at Harrods
7. Bouclé jacket with pocket details, Mango
8. Pleated skirt, Mango
9. Straw and flowers disc, Accessorize
10. Silk blossom-print dress, Beulah London at Katie & Jo
11. Ankle-strap suede shoes, Dune

1. Fuschia lace dress, NotOnTheHighStreet.Com
2. Hot pink hat with wide brim, Linea at House of Fraser
3. Lace-up sandals in blue suede, Jimmy Choo at MyTheresa
4. Orange wide-brimmed hat, Fabienne Delvigne at LoveHats.com
5. Tweed jacket, Jigsaw
6. Faux-wrap dress in cobalt blue, Issa at Harrods
7. Hot pink slingbacks, Zara
8. Orange perspex clutch, ASOS
9. Yellow dress with double V, Marni at MyTheresa
10. Blue beret with bright ostrich spines, Mark T Burke at LoveHats.com
11. Sky blue clutch with turtle clasp, Wilbur & Gussie at Austique
1. White metallic dress, French Connection
2.Large bow hat in black, Nigel Rayment at Harrods 
3. Raffia clutch in black, white and natural, Anya Hindmarch
4. Black sandals, Topshop 
5. Ivory hat with small brim, Accessorize
6. Wide brim hat with ivory satin bow, Hobbs Invitation
7. Ruched waist dress in black, Sportmax at Matches
8. Black pumps, Christian Louboutin at MyTheresa
9. Silk envelope clutch, Wilbur & Gussie
10. Ivory dress with black trim, Orla Kiely
11. Bobine hat with black and white bow, Marie Mercié at LoveHats.com

If you do attend let me know how you style yourself on my facebook page, I'd love to see a picture! Enjoy the week-end!

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