From Bizarre to Beautiful: 3 Fashion Tips for 2013 Royal Ascot Racegoers

It’s time to pull out all the hats, frocks and fashion stops for the quintessentially British 2013 Royal Ascot. Officially commenced on Tuesday, racegoers have shown their knack for old-fashioned glamour in a variety of sophisticated looks.

While the nation has their eyes trained on celebrity attendees, who infamously have a penchant for breaking dress code (there will always be one!), it seems that the Duchess of Cambridge’s contemporary spin on Ascot style has rubbed off on all. In adherence to the stricter dress code implemented last year, which put a ban on fascinators and strappy dressers, the first day’s group of Ascot fashionistas have shown themselves to be good sports by opting for historical elegance.

See Marie Claire’s slideshow of the fashion being featured at the 2013 Royal Ascot races

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With the fashion stakes as high as those placed on the actual horses, here are 3 Royal Ascot style tips for 2013:

The Hat

Take a trip down the rabbit hole when choosing your hat for the Royal Ascot races. This year is already awash with a variety of designer statement hats, many of them featuring extravagant colours, swirls, floral arrangements, and pearls. Ranging from the bizarre to the beautiful, Ascot hats are the focal point of the fashion – and as such, should not be left to the last minute.

The Dress

If you’re looking for something classic, take your cue from the Queen, who wore a fetching pink frock and coat for this year’s Royal Ascot event. Otherwise, bright hues, prints, silk, and lace inspired ensembles were trending amongst the hoard of racegoers on Tuesday. Whether you opt for designer or High Street, make sure your outfit is in line with the spirit of the occasion.

The Jewels

Chunky pearl necklaces, brooches, and understated earrings are being heavily featured at this year’s Royal Ascot. Accessorise your outfit carefully – you don’t want to look like an overly-decorated Christmas tree! If your hat is the statement piece of your ensemble, choose some simple jewels to balance your look (and vice-versa).

Running until Saturday the 22nd, this is the perfect time to pull out your bag of fashion tricks so to speak. Go big or go home. Ascot fashion is all about extravagant ensembles – demure should not be a word in your vocabulary for this occasion. The dress code is strictly scene-stealing.

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