The UK’s annual Royal Ascot horse-racing event seems more like an arena for people to see and be seen than to watch fine thoroughbreds run next to each other. The Queen and some other royals attend, a dress code mandates hats and fancy attire, and people always experiment with ways to outdo each other, fashion-wise, in ways both pretty and just plain scary. This year, tired of the skimpy dresses and small fascinators of past races, stricter dressing requirements are being enforced for certain areas of the racecourse by people dressed in matching purple outfits wearing badges that say “Dress Code Assistant.” They have pashminas and properly sized fascinators on hand for anyone whose dress is too short, shoulders too exposed, or head too bare. Look at them in action!
This year’s event is well-under way but far from over. So let’s check in on the showy things everyone’s wearing! I expect this purple dress code patrol has quite a lot of clothes’ policing to do. But first up, the most important people.
1. Queen Elizabeth II and Friend
2. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip!
Nice to see him at her side after he was hospitalized during the Jubilee festivities.
3. Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Camilla’s blingy sleeves = WIN.
4. Princess Eugenie
Maybe she went for a small hat because everyone gave her so much shit for her Royal Wedding hat.
5. Sophie, Countess of Wessex
Oh how funny — Rihanna has that skirt in blush.
6. Princess Anne
7. Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
It’s like a navy blue velvet curly fry.
Tangentially connected to the royals:
8. Florence Brudenell-Bruce
She models underwear, has a strikingly small bellybutton (not pictured of course, but easily Google-able), and allegedly hooked up with Prince Harry. She seems to be going with sort of a bush theme for her head piece.
This is so Dr. Seuss fabulous.
Hemlines like these are probably where those pashminas come in handy. I can’t help but wonder if they had any regulations on iridescent, offensively-hued beading?
It’s like wearing snow. A pancake of snow.
UNION JACK NAIL ART BONUS!!!
I guess this is supposed to be an avant-garde bird made of roses and feathers and this lady’s face.
She is the best thing ever.
This bird on this man is a close second in terms of best things ever. Men don’t accessorize nearly often enough with fake birds, you know?
Coordinating Hat Groups:
Flying Saucer Hats:
I guess some of these also just look like dinner plates…
With onions on them!
Hats as Objects:
Piano with doves on it.
Crown with excessive decoration.
Hats as Flowers:
I wonder if this had to be watered.
The men’s wear trend in action.
Hats Made of Balled-up Sheer Material:
Hats that Need No Introduction — But Do Need a Lot of Space:
Don’t miss the nails.
(Silly me — that’s probably like saying, “Don’t miss her hat!”)