Royal Ascot 2011 fashion

It’s the most formal and fabulous event of the summer – Royal Ascot – and the dress code is strict and the fashion ante is set to high octane.

Everyone knows the golden rules… DO wear a hat and DON’T swear in front of the Queen.

The Royal Ascot, which takes place annually in UK, is now over and it’s time for a quick fashion review. Judging by the photos one may feel that horse rides aren’t the most important during the five-day-long event. Eg. during the Ladies Day (this year 16.06) every woman who has self-respect wear the Hat. Not any hat. A hat which is the most original (all colors and cuts allowed) and beautiful one so she is featured in the papers afterwards. Consequently we have a great laugh watching the press and looking at, sometimes ridiculous, hats.


Isabell Kristensen

Holly Valance

Jackie St Clair

Danielle Linekar

Camille The Dutchess of Cornwall

Princess Sohie of Wessex

Princess Anne of Wessex

The Queen

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York

Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell

Anneka Tanaka-Svenska



16.06 (Ladies Day)

Carole Middleton

Milliner David Shilling


Princess Eugenie of York

Dame Shirley Bassey

The Queen and the Duke Of Edinburgh



The Queen and the Duchess of Devonshire


So… how do YOU feel about the Royal Ascot fashion? It certainly is interesting. The royalty mostly succedded to be elegant and not funny (props to Princesses of York for huge step ahead since Royal Wedding in April). But what about others?

In my opinion some outfits in general and some hats in particular are great and some are just terrible – just like at any other event one may say.

I felt in love with Isabell Kristensen hat worn by designer herself – I can totally imagine myself wearing it. Also peacock themed hat is really beautiful… but hat’s with whole miniature birds sticked to them? No way. Also a huge no-no to an iHat, a balloon hat, a hat with teacups, and all hats which are way bigger than a head, or even in a size of a one’s torso. Ridiculous. It’s not a fancy-dress ball after all.

But thinking about Royal Ascot… I think I may even make a fool of myself and wear a funny hat if it was a condition to get an invitation and one of those hats 😉

Photo credits: Mark Large/Getty Images/Ap/PA/EPA/Splash/Wire Images/Rex Features/Goff Photos

5 Comments on “Royal Ascot 2011 fashion”

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  2. Laura says:

    Some of those hats are insane! Especially the one with the iPad on it!

  3. steffy says:

    loving all of these amazing hats!

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  5. beyondanomie says:

    Royal Ascot has become a bit of a parody of itself, especially on Ladies Day. It’s all tongue-in-cheek though, in a silly but still just about charming sort of way. Over the top, but deliberately so, all the more so where hats are concerned. It just needs to be viewed with a smile and wink rather than as a serious display of style.

    In fact, a lot of the tradtional summer Season events have gone down this route. Henley Royal Regatta, and the accompanying profusion of insanely patterned boating blazers (many now utterly unassociated with actual rowing clubs and just being fun designer items) and other assorted period items, is another example of this mischievous semi-ironic sense of humour. 🙂

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