What The Vogue Editors Are Wearing To Ascot

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Royal Ascot’s famously inflexible dress code loosened up back in 2017, when jumpsuits were permitted in the Royal Enclosure for the first time. This was no small matter. The last time Ascot bent the rules, it was regarding trouser suits, which were finally permitted for ladies in 1971. Still, there are fashion flash points to look out for: the current rules stipulate that skirt hems must be just above the knee or longer; shoulder straps should be minimum one inch wide; and head pieces must have a solid base of four inches or more (ruling out hair bands and fascinators).

The Vogue editors’ advice? Make hay with this summer’s raffia trend when it comes to accessories; look to the new season’s relaxed suiting in neutral hues for a refined alternative to look-at-me dressing; and swap your heels for flats – hobbling about as you attempt to avoid sinking into freshly cut grass is never chic. Here’s what the Vogue editors will be wearing to Royal Ascot 2019 – and we’ve provided two outfit options each, for rain or shine.


“Given the option, I would always choose a trouser suit over a dress (primarily because you don’t need to pray for sunshine when your arms and legs are covered). What’s more, with this ivory style by Giuliva Heritage, there’s no chance of it ever feeling corporate. Summer’s hessian accessories feel super fresh: follow the theme through from Gucci’s logo hat and loafers to Loewe’s straw bag. Amd I’m obsessed with Cartier’s new Panthère watch. If you think hessian leans too much towards a beach vibe, this 18k gold watch says otherwise.”

From left to right: Cartier double loop gold watch, £28,900, available at Cartier.co.uk, Gucci leather-trimmed matelassé loafers, £580, available at Matchesfashion.com, Giuliva Heritage Collection single-breasted linen blazer, £1,190, available at Matchesfashion.com, Giuliva Heritage Collection linen trousers, £500, available at Matchesfashion.com, Gucci wide-brimmed raffia hat, £555, available at Matchesfashion.com, Loewe mini bag, £775, available at 24s.com

Ellie Pithers, Fashion Features Editor & Senior Associate Digital Editor


Ellie Pithers, Fashion Features Editor & Senior Associate Digital Editor

“Event-dressing-related observation: yolk yellow is a surprisingly flattering colour on most skin tones. I’d keep everything else pared back as a result: minimal sandals from my favourite new LA-based brand Emme Parsons and simple raffia accessories.”

From left to right: Gucci macramé tote bag, £1,760, available at Matchesfashion.com, Sophie Buhai cowbell gold earrings, £348, available at Mytheresa.com, Rebecca Vallence maxi dress, £490, available at Net-a-porter.com, Eugenia Kim straw sunhat, £211, available at Modaoperandi.com, Emma Parsons wrap-around suede sandals, £388, available at Matchesfashion.com


“Since I cut my hair into a crop, I’ve shelved my hat collection (the resemblance to a mushroom is too close to ignore), but I think I could just about carry off this shallow straw saucer. I toyed with the idea of a shorts suit, but since discovering those are verboten, I’ve gone full-length. Gabriela Hearst cuts her suiting long and lean, and I like this raspberry iteration.”

From left to right: Gabriela Hearst linen-blend blazer, £1,305, available at Net-a-porter.com, Gabriela Hearst linen-blend wide leg trousers, £860, available at Net-a-porter.com, Arket ankle wrap leather sandal, £150, available at Arket.com, Eliurpi straw maxi hat, £295, available at Matchesfashion.com, Completedworks gold-vermeil necklace, £450, available at Matchesfashion.com

Olivia Singer, Executive Fashion News Editor

Olivia Singer, Executive Fashion News Editor

Julia Harvey, Fashion Features Assistant

“Having never truly got along with a form-fitting dress, I have often opted for a “sack-like” silhouette. That’s no bad thing, as Cecilie Bahnsen proves: this dress offers the perfect amount of flounce without being fussy. If you must go for a heel, kitten height will stop you sinking. And Maison Michel’s polka dot hat gives a nod, natch, to the big bow trend of SS19.”

From left to right: Maison Michel polka-dot print turban hat, £580, available at Matchesfashion.com, Cecilie Bahnsen puff-sleeve cotton dress, £978, available at Matchesfashion.com, Agmes gold hoops, £198, available at Agmesnyc.com, Cos strappy leather kitten-heel sandals, £99, available at