"The key to dressing for Royal Ascot is finding a balance between the traditional dress code and current fashion."

With spring in full swing, it's only a matter of weeks until one of the most glamorous events on the sporting calendar, Royal Ascot 2014.

The key to dressing for Royal Ascot is finding a balance between the traditional dress code and current fashion.

The rules for the Royal Enclosure and Grandstand are fairly strict. Women, for example, are asked to wear a modest dress with straps no thinner than one inch. Fascinators are no longer permitted in the Royal Enclosure, so finding a proper hat is important.

Similarly, men must wear black or grey morning dress including a waistcoat and black shoes. Colourful socks and cravats aren't allowed.

Still, the beauty of Ascot is it's one of the few places that asks people to dress in their finest. Visitors relish in the fact that once a year, they can acceptably wear a top hat in public.

So, where do you start? Take a look at our Royal Ascot fashion picks for men and women below.

You can see the full Royal Ascot dress code here.





Orange is the new black for 2014, according to Elle's fashion editor. This Fenn Wright Manson dress would work perfectly for Ascot – it's a bright summery colour and can be paired with a pair of cute shoes from Miss KG by Kurt Geiger

1. Hobbs Invitation Knighton Jacket (£159)
2. Fenn Wright Manson Crepe Daisy Dress in Firecracker Red (£160 from John Lewis)
3. John Lewis Cally Side Up With Bow Occasion Hat in Ivory (£115)
4. Miss KG Paige Shoes in White (£55 from Kurt Geiger)
5. Whistles Rivington Shiny Croc Pouch in White (£80)
6. Alex Monroe Swallow Necklace (£120 from Liberty London)



Morning dress is mandatory dress for all men visiting the Royal Enclosure. You might not have a morning suit and a top hat kicking around your wardrobe, so the easiest thing to do is hire an outfit. Moss Bros do their very own Royal Ascot hire service from £110 for jacket and trousers.

1. Moss Bros Suit Hire including jacket, waistcoat, trousers, shirt, tie and pocket squares (from £145)
2. Christys' Black Wool Felt Top Hat (£100 from Ascot Top Hats)
3. Hugo Boss Franzisko Cufflinks (£59 from John Lewis)
4. Herring Knightsbridge Oxford Shoes (£195)