Every year, the decision about what to wear to the races seems to be more hotly anticipated than which horses will actually win.
And each year, the fashion choices seem to become progressively more outrageous.
To clear up the rules on what constitutes appropriate dress, Ascot has announced guidelines on what can and cannot be worn in the royal enclosure from this season onwards.
Skirts can no longer finish above the knee, shoulders cannot be bare and all hats must have a base of at least four inches – meaning fascinators are strictly not allowed if you want to be in the same enclosure as royalty.
To provide some guidance, Ascot helpfully but together some looks to inspire the ladies and gents attending this year.
Huge hats always look amazing and the vibrant orange gives a fantastically modern appeal to the outfit, making a serious statement without looking brash.
And the pink trouser suit is a different take on the dress rules. Certainly it complies with all of the specifications, but who would think of picking trousers to wear to the races?
Outfits that comply with the rules can still be easily put together, and look fantastic. Try teaming together a Rosie Olivia designed hat with an elegant Coast dress, finished off with a pair of nude Dune heels with this season’s slightly pointed toe.