Royal Ascot 2017: Guidelines for Hats & Headpieces in the Royal Enclosure

Last year we were inundated with clients asking if we could translate Royal Ascot’s dress code with regards to hats & headpieces in the Royal Enclosure.

With Royal Ascot coming up from 20th – 24th June 2017, we thought it was high time for a quick refresher… 

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Royal Ascot’s Dress Code for the Royal Enclosure states that:

Hats should be worn; however a headpiece which has a base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat.

Fascinators are not permitted ; neither are headpieces which do not have a base covering a sufficient area of the head (4 inches / 10cm).


One of our gorgeous SHOW PONY Millinery clients literally flying the flag at Royal Ascot 2016

Without Ascot providing a specific definition as to what (in their eyes) constitutes a headpiece and fascinator, a little confusion has set in with a number of attendees – particularly those who will be attending the event for the first time – as to what the difference is between the two.

Based on our experiences of providing headpieces for clients to wear to the Royal Enclosure at Royal Ascot, and in keeping with the views of a number of high-profile milliners, our interpretation of their Dress Code is that Ascot defines a fascinator as any headpiece with a base measuring less than 4″ (10cms) in diameter.

SHOW PONY - India - Close up

With their 14cm diameter button bases, any of our ‘India’ designs are suitable for the Royal Enclosure at Royal Ascot 2017

So, if you are left wondering which of our designs meet the Royal Enclosure dress standard, ignore the descriptions if they say ‘fascinator’ or ‘headpiece’ and just look for anything in our online boutique that has a button (aka solid round) base – such as that pictured.

Why? All of our button bases have a diameter of approximately 14cm – 4cm more than the minimum requirement for a headpiece that can be worn in the Royal Enclosure.

We normally also include a short line against each listing, letting you know whether or not the headpiece would be suitable for the Royal Enclosure, but if in doubt – feel free to send us a message & ask!

In addition, all of our designs – whether they have a button base or attach with a headband or other means, meet the Dress Code requirements for both the Queen Anne and Windsor Enclosures.

Finally, we send all our headpieces via international trackable courier which typically take 5-7 working days to get to the UK (not including our processing times).

Happy shopping!


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