My Style | Ladies Day at Royal Ascot

Ascot Ladies Day Pink Ella Gregory

Last week I had the pleasure of attending Ladies Day at Royal Ascot with Next. It was my first time at the races, and definitely proved to be an eventful day: we saw the Queen, I placed a bet on the winning horse, and we all made it onto the Mail Online dressed up in our finest.

As any of you who have attended Royal Ascot in the past will know, the annual event has a very strict dress code. Women in the Royal Enclosure must wear dresses ‘of modest length’ and headpieces with a solid base of at least four inches; whilst men are required to arrive in top hats, black shoes and three-piece suits.

These traditions make shopping for Ascot a little challenging, but it’s so much fun once you arrive and see all the effort everyone has gone to. (It’s almost like stepping into the races scene from My Fair Lady.) After much deliberation I opted for a cheerful pink midi dress, which I teamed with metallic Next accessories and a fuchsia spaceship headpiece. It’s probably the most dressed up I’ve ever been…

Cocos Tea Party Ascot Ladies Day

Pink Dress Ascot Ladies Day 2016
Pink Dress Ascot Ladies Day

I’m Wearing: Label Online dress, Next clutch bag, heels and earrings all c/o Next. Rental hat. Monica (below) is Wearing: Label online dress

Ascot Ladies Day 2016 Style
Ascot Ladies Day Pink Dress 2016
Ella Gregory Cocos Tea Party Ascot

One thing I didn’t appreciate before Ladies Day is how difficult it is to wear such a large headpiece. I had absolutely no spacial awareness, kept bashing into things or poking people with the crazy anteni, and I couldn’t work out how to position when posing for group photos. So I have a newfound respect for the Duchess of Cambridge – I could never be a Royal!

Do you rate my Ascot Ladies Day style? How do you approach dressing for a formal summer occasion? Leave a comment below to let me know…

P.S. How I dressed for the BAFTA Television Awards red carpet

Photos by Monica Welburn