Make sure you know what to wear to the races this year with the help of The Telegraph's Fashion Features Director, Kate Finnigan's style rules for Royal Ascot 2017. Follow these top tips using the latest fashion and accessories from Fenwick, and ensure an elegant look for all your summer occasions.
Vilshenko Cream & Floral Patchwork Maxi Dress, £1145; Vivien Sherrif Oyster Shimmer Swirl Hat, £585; Gina Nude Garland Courts, £415; Marni Wood & Gold Drop Earrings, £200; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street.
Coach Gold Metallic Bag, £250; Available at Fenwick Newcastle.
When you’re heading to Royal Ascot you need to think like a Girl Guide and “be prepared”. This goes for any summer event with a dress code, but get the outfit slightly wrong at a wedding and the most you’ll risk is a raised eyebrow. At Ascot, you’ll be chucked out. Tres embarrassing.
In short: you can’t just wing it. But don’t worry - this does not mean you have to forego fashion in favour of dress code.
The good news is that when it comes to the pretty sort of elegance that summer racing demands, fashion is really onside this season. Florals, embroidery and lace are in abundance and the current dress and skirt length loved by designers is mid-length. Sleeves, full or just past the elbow, are also de rigueur.
This suits me fine. I’m a dress woman and I love soft silhouettes in silk chiffon and liquid velvet. This cream embroidered dress by Vilshenko is a beauty that will work for a wedding as well as a garden party (and will even transition into next autumn if you add knee-length boots). It’s such a statement piece.