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(Me, in a Rosie Olivia creation.)

Royal Ascot is, of course, a race meeting, but it’s also, hands down, the most stylish race meeting in the United Kingdom. There are rules about what – and what not to wear, but they really aren’t that complicated. (If you are feeling confused, there’s a lovely short style guide film here.)

Hats are what spring to mind if you are a woman, and the rule here is simple: in the Grandstand, from where the majority of people watch, you have to wear a hat, but it can be a fascinator. It’s only in the Royal Enclosure where fascinators are banned, and the hat base must be more than 10cm or four inches wide.  (And a headpiece with a base that fits these criteria is an acceptable alternative.) That gives a lot more scope than one might think.

It’s also handy that here in the UK we have some of the most glorious milliners and, last week, I went down to Fenwicks of Bond Street’s hat department to hang out with some of them, as they took clients and journalists through their collections for the summer season. (Because we do love a hat for a wedding here, too.)

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Jane Taylor, whose hats are frequently worn by the Duchess of Cambridge was there with her creations, as were the lovely Noel Stewart, William Chambers and Rosie Olivia.

Here’s Noel:

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I’ve always had a thing for Piers Atkinsons’ floral creations:

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And Noel’s hats are just ravishing.

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NeverUnderdressed’s Fashion Director Ursula Lake in a Noel Stewart creation, which she has fallen in love with.

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We both loved this tropical creation.

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Me, in more Piers, below:

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Here I am with David Walker-Smith, the Managing Director of Fenwick of Bond Street, in a veiled Mich Dulce number:

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William Chambers and I had a lot of fun with his hats (above and below)

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More Piers Atkinson heaven (below):

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Royal Ascot will be held 17-21st June. Grandstand and Silver Ring tickets are available from £25-£75 and Fine Dining from £250 + VAT. For further information and to book visit or call 0844 346 3000

This is a sponsored post, in collaboration with Royal Ascot


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Hats are so much fun – you must have had a ball trying these on! I wish hats were more popular here in Norway, but we don’t even tend to wear them for weddings. Whenever I wear one of my panama or trilby hats, I always get lots of compliments and comments from people saying they would never dare to wear one themselves. Live a little, people!


Go with the Gold leaves !!


You wear hats so well! And those creations are simply gorgeous! x

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