Stand-out dresses for every shape, budget - and that meet the strict Ascot dress-code...
Ascot dresses are notoriously tricky to shop for: if your shoulder straps our your dress length is even a centimetre off, you’re out.
This year’s strict dress code has finally been released, and the rules are as iron-clad as ever. Bare shoulders are an absolute no-no (sorry, the off-the-shoulder trend is a no go at Ascot), midriffs must be covered, and hemlines above the knee will not be tolerated.
Neither will be fascinators. Only hats or headpieces with a solid base of four inches or more in diameter will be permitted.
But there us one major rule change for 2017. Brace yourselves, because the humble jumpsuit is now welcome, as long as it is full length.
Now, we understand all these rules can take the fun out of shopping a bit, so we thought we’d do all the leg work and find the most fabulous, and race-day appropriate, dresses for you. You can thank us later.
Those who want to blow their budget completely will want to check out Temperley’s incredible bohemian tie-neck dress, or Kate Spade’s floral lace dress, always a winner.
Ladylike lovers should head to Monsoon and Whistles where full skirts come in every colour, print and fabric you could possibly dream of.
Those looking for something equally chic, but a little more purse-friendly should look to high street favourites H&M, ASOS and Mango for their unbelievably chic occasion dress offering.
Top tip – start off with your chosen dress and then build your race day look up from there. Prints will dictate your chosen hat style and colour, while a neutral heel on the other hand will be a worthy investment – not only to match-up with whichever frock you opt for, but for any event on your jam-packed summer calendar.
Click through our round up for the very best in Ascot-worthy dresses, and we’re sure you’ll be the belle of the ball in no time.
Team this floral lace dress with some statement earrings for some extra oomph.
This fit-and-flare gown will flatter all silhouettes and hit many of this season’s trend boxes.
Add a splash of colour to proceedings with this bright pink dress, best worn with chunky gold jewellery.
Shop now: Silk dress for £169.99 from Mango
This modern shirt dress is best paired with nude course for race day, but will look equally great with wedges for a relaxed summer style.
Pair this stylish number with scrappy nude heels.
The contrasting lace and see-through panels give this classic style a modern update.
If colours and prints aren’t really your thing, opt for a muted lace number like this elegant maxi.
The bell sleeve trend isn’t going away anytime soon, so embrace it with this elegant gown.
A great way to get round the ‘no cold-shoulder’ rule. This knee-length dress is best worn with nude or silver heels.
We love this 60s style dress, which can be worn with minimalist accessories.
This pretty and affordable number wouldn’t look out of place on Kate Middleton.
This Beauty & The Beast-inspired dress is perfect for a day at the races.
You can't go wrong with pastels for spring.
This fit and flare dress is the perfect way to embrace the 20s revival trend.
This classic style is universally flattering and will make you stand out in the box.
A shirt dress is always a chic option, no matter the occasion. Pair this with grey suede heels for a more current look.
You can’t go wrong with a floral print dress.
This maxi dress works equally well for wedding guest season.
Keep things classy by wearing this snake-print dress with chic black accessories.
This elegant cross-over dress is best worn with cream accessories.
Well, we did say jumpsuits were allowed now, didn’t we?
Tap into the bohemian trend with this beautiful aqua-hued gown.