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Gearing Up for Grandeur: A Guide to Royal Ascot Attire for Men

19th June 2024

Royal Ascot transcends the thrill of racing, offering a sartorial spectacle where tradition meets high fashion. For gentlemen, navigating the dress code across the various enclosures can be tricky. But fear not. Wil Valor, Brisbane's premier bespoke suiting destination, is here to be your guide. 

This blog dives into the dress codes for each enclosure at Royal Ascot 2024, ensuring you make a confident and stylish statement. With Wil Valor's bespoke tailoring expertise, your attire will be a perfect fit, both literally and figuratively. 

Understanding the Royal Ascot Enclosures 

Royal Ascot boasts a tiered system of enclosures, each with its own dress code. 

  • Royal Enclosure: The epitome of exclusivity, demanding the strictest dress code – morning dress. 
  • Queen Anne Enclosure: Striking a balance between formality and comfort, focusing on smart attire. 
  • Windsor Enclosure: A vibrant space fostering a relaxed dress code, perfect for a social atmosphere. 
  • Village Enclosure: The most relaxed area, encouraging a smart casual dress code. 

Royal Enclosure: A Celebration of Sartorial Finesse 

The Royal Enclosure embodies the essence of Royal Ascot's formal tradition, and gentlemen attending this area must adhere to a specific dress code known as "morning dress." 

  • Morning Coat: Crafted from black, grey, or navy fine worsted wool, the morning coat features a cutaway front and tails. Wil Valor's tailors meticulously hand-cut and construct each coat, ensuring a perfect fit that flatters your physique. 
  • Waistcoat: A crucial element, the waistcoat adds depth and formality to your attire. Opt for a contrasting colour or pattern within the permitted colour palette to showcase your personal style. Wil Valor offers a vast selection of waistcoat fabrics, allowing you to create a truly bespoke combination. 
  • Trousers: Traditionally crafted from the same fabric as the morning coat, the trousers should sit high on the waist and have a slim, clean line. For added comfort and a touch of personality, consider subtle details like pinstripes or a faint check pattern. 
  • Shirt: A crisp white formal shirt with a wing collar is non-negotiable. Ensure the collar points sit neatly under your waistcoat and choose a high-quality fabric like Egyptian cotton for maximum comfort and a polished look. 
  • Neckwear: Ties are preferred over cravats or bow ties. Wil Valor can guide you in selecting a tie that complements your chosen suit colour and waistcoat pattern. Consider incorporating a subtle racing-inspired theme with a tie featuring a small motif or pattern. 
  • Accessories: Black top hat (which is mandatory), black leather dress shoes with polished finish, black socks (fine wool or silk blend). 

Finding the Balance: The Queen Anne Enclosure 

The Queen Anne Enclosure offers a slightly less formal setting compared to the Royal Enclosure.  

  • Suit: A well-tailored suit in a conservative colour (navy blue, charcoal grey) is the foundation.  
  • Shirt: A crisp white formal shirt with a collar is ideal. Opt for a spread collar if you prefer a more relaxed look. 
  • Tie: A tie is mandatory, offering an opportunity to showcase your personality. Choose a tasteful pattern or colour that complements your suit. 
  • Trousers: Matching trousers from your suit are ideal. Ensure they are well-pressed and sit comfortably on your waist. 
  • Shoes: Leather dress shoes in black or brown are recommended. Derbys or oxfords are classic choices that pair well with suits. 
  • Accessories: A pocket square can add a touch of personality. Consider a colour or pattern that complements your tie. 

A Social Hub with Style: The Windsor Enclosure 

The Windsor Enclosure occupies a middle ground between the formality of the Queen Anne Enclosure and the relaxed atmosphere of the Village Enclosure. 

  • Suit or Smart Separates: A well-tailored suit remains a safe choice, but you can also opt for smart separates like tailored trousers and a bespoke blazer. 
  • Shirt & Trousers: A collared shirt (formal or light-coloured button-down for a more relaxed feel) and tailored trousers in a complementary colour to your jacket or blazer are ideal. 
  • Shoes & Accessories: Leather shoes (loafers or brogues are popular choices) and a pocket square and cufflinks (optional) can add personality. 

Enjoying the Races in Comfort: The Village Enclosure 

The Village Enclosure offers the most relaxed dress code. 

  • Smart Casual Attire: Think a well-fitting pair of chinos or tailored trousers paired with a collared shirt or a polo shirt. Wil Valor offers chinos and shirts in various colours and fabrics for a comfortable yet stylish look. 
  • Blazer (Optional): A blazer adds sophistication, especially for corporate events within the Village Enclosure. 
  • Shoes & Accessories: Leather loafers or boat shoes are ideal for navigating the grounds comfortably. A hat or sunglasses can be practical additions for sun protection. 

Regardless of the enclosure you'll be attending, Wil Valor can help you create a bespoke outfit that reflects your personal style and ensures a perfect fit. Contact Wil Valor today to schedule a consultation and discuss your Royal Ascot attire needs. Embrace the tradition in style with Wil Valor's bespoke tailoring expertise! 

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