Fashion News: The Royal Ascot 2016

Its the season for the races and who doesn't love dressing up for a special, social occasion such as The Royal Ascot.The four day, race event the Royal Ascot 2016 started on Tuesday the 14th June till Saturday the 18th June.
The Royal Ascot located in Ascot, Berkshire was founded in 1711 by Queen Anne. It is Britain's most valuable race annual occasion where the world's finest racehorses compete for more than £6.58million in prize money.The Queen attends every year and the royal procession is always an iconic moment to herald the start of every race day.

Dress Code
Depending on which enclosure you stand at The Royal Ascot dress code is as traditional as the event itself. Especially at The Royal Enclosure stand there is a strict dress code that has to be followed by visiter's this includes:
  • Dresses and skirts should be at a modest length, on the knee/below the knee.
  • Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch or greater.
  • Jackets and pashminas may be worn however the outfit worn beneath should still follow the dress code regulations.
  • Trouser suits are welcome but must co-ordinate in colour.
  • Hats must be worn or headpieces with a solid base of 4 inches is also acceptable.
At the Windsor enclosure there is not a formal dress code but formal wear still applies and is encouraged.

If you are indecisive on what to wear or you have left it to the last minute and lets face it we've all been there, I have done my research and found the best designer dresses in the market today that suit the Royal Ascot dress code use this as a style guide or inspiration to finding or styling your own perfect Royal Ascot 2016 attire.
Stylist Picks: What to wear?
We have picked out the best luxury designer pieces to inspire your Royal Ascot outfit we have stuck to the strict dress code with suitably long dresses however statement pieces that will get anyones attention on the day. Do not be afraid of vibrant colours or printed florals and patterns. One of the best elements about going to the races is picking out that perfect outfit and of course wearing it on the day. We have picked out some stunning, couture statement dresses collaborated with sky-high,strappy stilettos, clutch bags and of course picked out some unique styled hats and headpieces. I would recommend race goers to do your research in finding an appropriate hat for the Ascot because they are quite difficult to find and they can be quite expensive, do not leave this to the last minute. We would also recommend bringing a blazer or pashmina, an umbrella and sunglasses seeing that this is an outdoor event and lets face it England's weather is very unpredictable.
Alexander McQueen £1,499
D&G £1,550
Christopher Kane £1,499
Oscar de la Renta £5,625
Oscar de la Renta £4,599
Balmain £1,855
Tom Ford £870
Aquazzura £490

Giuseppe Zanotti £359
Aquazzura £615
Valentino £490
Jimmy Choo £1,175

Versace £285

Jimmy Choo £2,495

D&G £3,450

Rachel Trevor-Morgan £1,350
Rachel Trevor-Morgan £1,050

Philip Treacy £899
Gina Foster £565

Brands: Rat & Boa

"Rat & Boa is for the bold, the spirited and the experimental, it provides statement items to express yourself from the inside out. With a strong focus on styling and imagery, every picture tells their story. Rat & Boa is a meeting of minds and lifestyle and a labour of love".

I have already written a blog post last year about the Bohemian brand Rat & Boa being one of my favourite online brands so I will not repeat the history of the brand but instead discuss their Spring/Summer 16 collection. Rat &Boa are heavily influenced by travelling,festivals, music, gypsy and Bohemian style and their collection is unique and effortlessly trendy. I love the brands campaigns and visual imageries set in the desert and their storytelling. The styling for each outfit combined with the set, the model and the photography is inspirational for those who also love the Bohemian style.

Their Spring/Summer 16 collection exudes Bohemian with classic 90's slip tie-dye sheer mini dresses, hand crafted crotchet fringe bikinis, swimsuits, crop tops and dresses. Sheer lace playsuits with plunging necklines,70's style flared playsuits and trousers in velvet and lace. Printed twin set, co-ordinated pieces accessorised with chunky choker necklaces.

Here are my favourite pieces from their new S/S 16 collection


Brands: Young Bohemians

Introducing you to the new bohemian brand, Young Bohemians. They are a new young fast fashion brand inspired by travelling, festivals and vintage finds. Styles include bold prints, heavy embellishments, crotchet tassels,vintage inspired lace in playsuits, crops, slip dresses, maxi dresses and more.
"We have created a range of gypsy inspired pieces that are garments to live, love and play in. We want to channel the forever festival look and exude your inner bohemian spirit by sprinkling some bohemian magic into wardrobes across the world".
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Here are our favourite items from their Spring/Summer 16 collection where you can shop online for on their main website or Asos.
© Marianna Reid

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