When it comes to the annual fashion calendar, Royal Ascot is no stranger to the summer circuit, sandwiched, quite rightly, between both London fashion weeks. But contrary to the anything-goes mantra of the frow, the dress code at Royal Ascot is as much an institution at the event itself, with a strict sartorial blueprint for ladies, gents and the little ones alike.

 

And in true traditional fashion, no outfit is complete without the millinery to match, with headwear often taking centre stage as the one to watch, with creations becoming wilder and more wonderful every year.

 

The top hat is the style du jour for visiting gents, with black and grey the only two permissible colours keeping a firm lid on timeless traditions. Ascot fashion dictates that hats must remain firmly in place, except while dining, and before you start getting creative with customisation, think again if you're planning a visit into the Royal Enclosure.

 

For ladies tradition takes a rather different trajectory, and one where size really does matter. While its base must be four inches diameter at the very least, what sits on top enjoys a lot more leeway, with many of the ladies taking full advantage of the apparent dress code loophole. Cue Quality Streets, a full English breakfast, cocktails and ice-cream cones.

 

But for those looking to make a more stylish statement, Les Trois Soeurs have the perfect head-turners to cause quite the stir. If your mantra is go big or go home then make Philip Treacy’s Large Upturn with Buntal Ribbons in coral your wardrobe go-to. Not for the faint hearted, this is the epitome of stop-and-stare glamour that’s fun and fanciful in equal measure

 

   

 Philip Treacy’s Large Upturn with Buntal Ribbons

 

If your look is all class and confidence we’d recommend the Vivien Sheriff Wide Brimmed Pergola, which comes in an array of colours from Ice Blue to Blush and Champagne/Navy and which is steeped in grace and elegance.

 

Vivien Sheriff Wide Brimmed Pergola

 

For those heading to the Queen Anne Enclosure the dress code relaxes a little, with headpieces and fascinators also acceptable attire – just make sure it’s worn at all times during your visit. The good news here is that the Philip Treacy Ornate Buntal Bow in Neon Pink fits the bill precisely and is quite the showstopper. Feeling a little more demure? Then choose the Ivory colourway for a more subtle statement.

 

Philip Treacy Buntal Bow 

Philip Treacy Ornate Buntal Bow in Neon Pink

 

Calling all country girls at heart. The Springsteen Feathered Headpiece With Crystals fuses goose feathers and crystals to create an adorable and unique piece of millinery magic. Combining icy blues and country fawns with shimmering droplets and feathered plume, it’s the perfect juxtaposition of where cool and contemporary meet classic country chic.

Vivien Sheriff Springsteen

Springsteen Feathered Headpiece With Crystals  

For a subtle statement that oozes sophistication in more miniature form choose the Vivien Sheriff Trellis Disc with Lace. Dainty and decorated in exquisite lace, it’s perfectly placed for accompanying you on the dancefloor from dusk ‘til dawn, should the party continue off the course and into the night. Available in shades of Coral and Ice Blue, it’s sure to set off any outfit.

Vivien Sheriff Trellis

Vivien Sheriff Trellis Disc with Lace 

 

Feeling inspired? Find your perfect millinery match at Les Trois Soeurs and enjoy 10% off until the 1st June 2016 by entering code LTSHATS10 at the checkout.