Tailored looks have long been a staple for both men and women at Royal Ascot. We’re going to take a look at some of the memorable outfits on Day 1 of the races this summer. Check out the ladies attending Queen Anne Stakes, which is the first race of the season.

A Jordanian Princess

This year Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, King Hussein of Jordon and his third wife, Queen Alia’s daughter, attended the first day of Royal Ascot in June.

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Her powder blue tailored dress turns heads as she lights up the grounds with a joyful smile, her flower-themed fascinator, and large diamond earrings.

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Princess Haya of Jordan is no stranger to tailored looks. On day two of Royal Ascot, she wore a 1960s tailored ensemble reminiscent of Jackie O.

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On day three of Royal Ascot, Ladies’ Day, she wore a red perfectly fitted dress with matching fascinator.

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Which of these three looks is your favourite?

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Jaunty Jumpsuit

In 2018, jumpsuits were permitted for the first time at Royal Ascot. Prior to this point, only ladies who wore pantsuits were permitted to wear trousers. Jumpsuits have been ever-popular for the last few years with no end to the 70s trend in sight.

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Television presenter Kate Garraway wore an elegant jumpsuit to day one of the races in a tailored ensemble that resembles a pantsuit, but is – in fact – one piece.

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This look consisted of a loose fitting delicate pink pant, slightly fitted at the waist, complete with pockets, and front seams, and matching light-pink-nude heels.

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Her upper half bore a fitted white top with a ribbon belt, tied on the right side, and a cape-like tailored jacket, all part of the jumpsuit. She matched her outfit with a large-brimmed white hat, decorated with feathers and a loose chignon. Besides a watch and some subtle earrings, accessories were minimal.

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The loose, but precise tailoring of the jumpsuit allowed the outfit to be elegant yet comfortable enough for a day of excitement. Would you wear a tailored jumpsuit to the races?

Daring Designs

Another day one racegoer, haute couturier and fashion designer in London and Monaco, Isabell Kristensen wears a pink tailored suit with a fascinator in the style of a giant tulle rose.

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Kristensen opted for an unusual, but stylish three-quarter sleeve length on her light-pink tailored suit.

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The jacket had faux pockets on the front, simple lapels, and accompanies the matching pink pencil skirt beautifully.

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Just like Princess Haya of Jordon, Kristensen never shies away from a tailored look.

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Many of her race-day outfits consisted of an impeccably cut suit, paired with an oversized, flower-like hat. Perfect yet-unforgettable race-day outfits.

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Which one would you choose?

Notable Mentions

These three ladies weren’t the only stylish suited and booted trio at Royal Ascot. Here are some notable outfits.

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A female racegoer dons a mint-green tailored pantsuit with a matching fascinator, decorated with a hand-painted horse head, trimmed with matching feathers.

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Megan, Duchess of Sussex, wore a tailored shirt-dress with fabric buttons, nipped at the waist with a black belt, styled with a black-and-white hat.

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A woman in a red suit wears a chess piece hat.

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Another woman wears a Breakfast at Tiffany’s Audrey-Herburn-eque tailored black dress with giant poppy hat.

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Princess Eugenie in 2008 completes her outfit with a silky, tailored electric blue jacket.

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Another lady wears a matching twin-set suit and giant coordinated pink hat – like a rolled up serviette with jewels in 2006.

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In 2003, Princess Anne wore a peach silk suit with interesting fanned details at the sleeve.

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Finally, Princess Diana’s favourite look for Royal Ascot was always a suit. Here’s a flashback photo of her in 1990 in a pink and purple double-breasted suit.

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Princess Diana’s pink and royal purple matching ensemble matches the colour scheme seen on most modern ladies today. Whilst this look may not have stood the test of time, there’s no denying that women gain confidence wearing tailored looks, especially to the races.

The races continue through to October so it’s not too late to get your races suit ready. Want to start planning your September or October outfit, or even next year’s outfit to Royal Ascot – or simply your garden-party ensemble – get in touch with out tailoring team. A perfectly tailored garment makes women confident and ready for the day in A Hand Tailored Suit.

Can’t get enough tailored looks? Check out our Top Female Suits Week in 2017. Which races outfit would you prefer to wear?


Elaine Frieman

Elaine Frieman

Writer and editor from both sides of the pond with a Master's degree in British Victorian Literature and a love of fashion. Elaine Frieman is a dual British and American citizen (with a generic American accent); she has a love of people, travel, reading, writing, food, ballet, theatre, and cultures. And who doesn't love a good suit? She spent her childhood near the rolling green Pennines in the North of England; then she relocated to sunny palm-tree-laden Florida and moved further north to the deep-South Bible belt of Georgia. She currently lives in Todmorden, England with her boyfriend Michael, after having lived in Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, Weiden in der Oberpfalz, Germany, and in Oldham, England. No plans to relocate any time soon.