What to Wear to Royal Ascot – Bond Brothers Racegoer’s Guide

What to Wear to Royal Ascot – Bond Brothers Racegoer’s Guide

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Wearing the correct attire is an important part of attending this prestigious race meeting.  At Bond Brothers Formalwear for Men, we ensure that you are dressed perfectly for your Royal Ascot experience.

‘Ascot Racecourse reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone deemed to be dressed inappropriately.’

A day out at Ascot Racecourse is very special and dressing for the occasion is an important part of the raceday experience.


  • Royal Enclosure
  • Grandstand Admission
  • Silver Ring and Heath


The dress code set out below is designed to help racegoers dress appropriately for the occasion.

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Gentlemen are kindly reminded that it is a requirement to wear black or grey morning dress, which must include.

  • waistcoat and tie (no cravats)
  • A black or grey top hat
  • A gentleman may remove his hat within a restaurant, a private box, a private club or that facility’s terrace, balcony or garden. Hats may also be removed within any enclosed external seating area within the Royal Enclosure Garden. The customisation of top hats (with, for example, coloured ribbons or bands) is not permitted in the Royal Enclosure.
  • Black shoes

The Bond Brothers Ascot “special” includes Top Hat, Tails, W/Coat, Tie & Shirt (5 day hire) for €160.


Boys (aged 10-16) should dress in accordance with the gentlemen’s dress code, or may wear a dark-coloured lounge suit with a shirt and tie (no hat required).


Grandstand Admission racegoers have the choice to follow the dress code for the Grandstand or that of the Royal Enclosure.

Gentleman may not have to wear a morning coat for the Grandstand at Royal Ascot but there is still as strict dress code to adhere to.

In the past the guideline was just to dress smartly, but now they are more definite giving you a clear picture of the sartorial race ahead.

Main Rule – Gentlemen are required to wear a suit with a shirt and tie

Wilvorst After Six Two Piece Lounge Suit

After Six Lounge Suit from Bond Brothters


Boys aged (13-17) should wear a suit or jacket with a shirt and a tie. Younger boys (12 or under) should be dressed smartly but are not required to wear a jacket or tie.



Although no formal dress code applies in the Silver Ring Enclosure and Heath Enclosure, racegoers are encouraged to wear smart clothes.

Please note that bare chests are not permitted at any time.

Grey Egan Three Piece Suit


Grey Egan Suit – Ideal Colour for the Summer Weather

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