Heading to Ascot this year? The Royal Ascot is one of the biggest events of the Summer, with thousands of people flocking to the race course to gamble their money away and drink copious amounts of Prosecco, all while dressed to the nines. Ascot has strict guidelines on what to wear - dresses must be a certain length, have a specific neckline and both men and women must wear a hat at all times.
When you’re at Ascot, you must wear a hat or a fascinator at all times. This adds another accent to your overall look, but it’s important to get the ensemble right. Here are a few tips on how to choose your hat. Firstly, pick a hat that works with your dress. Patterned and floral dresses are perfect for the occasion, so pick a colour from your dress and pick a similarly coloured headpiece. For example, if the main colour of your dress is pink, pick a blush coloured hat. Secondly, remember to balance out the shape of the hat with accessories. A way to pick the colour for your accessories is to pick another colour from your dress. For example, if your dress has blue flowers on it, pick blue accessories.
Want to know how to wear jewellery with a hat for Ascot? Take a look below.
Gemstones are a great way to add colour and sparkle to any look. Depending on your hat and dress (remember to pick these first as it will help you decide your style of accessories), pick a matching colour or feature colour from the dress for your jewellery. With your hat, it’s important to pick jewellery - especially earrings - that will balance out the hat. If you’re wearing a big hat, the attention will automatically be on it, so pick gemstones that compliment the headpiece. Small diamond earrings or precious pearl studs would work well here. Alternatively, if you’re wearing a fascinator, pick gemstones that are larger and bolder, like colourful drop earrings. Ascot will be rich with neutral colours and pastels, so pick gemstones that are yellow, pink, blue, green and red.
Chandelier earrings add a great accent and shape to your ensemble, particularly the face. As you have to wear a hat all day, your hair is mostly covered, so to draw more attention to the face and to naturally contour it, wear dazzling chandelier earrings. Chandelier earrings are also very regal and a firm favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.
Brooches are another way to add more sparkle and dimension to an outfit and they can be worn various ways. Pick a sparkling and colourful brooch that perfectly compliments your ensemble. You can use the brooch in numerous ways. If you’re wearing a shawl or blazer with your dress, add a brooch to the lapel - this is also a great way for men to incorporate more structure and appeal to their outfits. If you want to brighten up a block coloured or un-patterned dress, brooches are a fabulous way to do that, so add a colourful brooch to the dress. Brooches are also a fabulous way to class up your bag and you can even incorporate them with your headpiece. Queen Elizabeth II loves brooches, and who better to take style tips from than the Queen?!
While everyone loves jewellery, it's all about the dresses and the hats at Ascot. Jewellery can lose a bit of attention at this event, but the right accessories really add the perfect finishing touch to an outfit, so it’s important not to overlook them. Rings in particular are the ideal finishing touch. Pick a bold statement ring that demands attention. Cocktail rings are perfect for this. Pick a large coloured stone or a ring that travels over all 4 fingers. Whether you’re waving to a friend or sipping your Prosecco, the attention will be drawn to your hand when you have a big rock on it!