Dressing for Ascot

Royal Ascot is no jeans and t-shirt affair. With a history dating back to 1711, and a dress code designed by Beau Brummell himself, this is one place where appropriate dress really matters.

As one of Britain’s premiere sporting events, this five-day race meet is as much about seeing the races as it is about being seen in the right attire. Much attention is paid to the women’s dress codes, but we want to take some time to look at Royal Ascot standards for menswear in 2017.


There are four enclosures at the course, each having a unique atmosphere and different dress code standard for the gents. The most relaxed of these is The Windsor Enclosure, formerly known as the Silver Ring. Providing a close-up view of the races, horses pass this enclosure on their way down the home straight when races begin. This enclosure does not have a formal dress code but smart attire is encouraged.

The Queen Anne Enclosure,, formerly known as the Grandstand Enclosure, does have a dress code which requires gentlemen to wear a matching suit and tie. Close to the runners and the riders in both the Pre-Parade and Parade Ring, this enclosure has a great view of the day’s events.

The Village Enclosure, situated on the inside of the racetrack, is opposite the Queen Anne Enclosure. This track is right at the heart of the events, and has some of the best views of the course. This enclosure has the same dress code as The Queen Anne Enclosure: gentlemen must wear a matching suit and tie, but many attendees choose to comply with the more formal Royal Enclosure dress code, described below.

The Royal Enclosure is for members only and has the most extensive views across the course. Featuring idyllic gardens and exclusive access to the fourth-floor seated balcony, this enclosure even has lawns overlooking the Winning Post. Unsurprisingly, this enclosure also has the most formal dress code, requiring:

• Either black or grey morning dress suit (morning coat and trousers with outside stripe down the leg)
• A waistcoat
• A tie
• A pair of black shoes
• A top hat (black or grey)

Customisation of your attire (coloured ribbons on the top hats, etc.) is absolutely not permitted, so sticking to the rules is key.


It’s worth remembering that many gents choose to comply with Royal Enclosure’s formal dress code of the traditional morning suit throughout the event, even if they are not going to be in Royal Enclosure. However, if morning suits are not the order of the day, lounge suits are perfectly acceptable for the Windsor, Queen Anne and Village enclosures.

Available to hire and buy in a range of striking colours and styles the Yardsmen lounge suit gives you the option to add an individual touch with your shirt, accessories and shoes.

Whatever you Royal Ascot needs, our dedicated Royal Ascot page has more information about the services we offer. It’s also worth bearing in mind that this five day event is one of our busiest times, particularly for morning suit hire, so it’s essential that you book early and set yourself up for a winning day at the races.

Contact us to book your appointment or find out more.

Further Reading;
Royal Ascot – An Introduction
Yardsmen at Royal Ascot: A Day at the Races Exclusive Hirewear Offer
Shirts, Ties & Pocket Squares