The Best Dresses for the Royal Ascot

Three Beautiful Outfit Ideas with LK Bennett
LK Bennett Royal Ascot Dress
Dress: LK Bennett Jolene Pale Pink Embellished Dress {c/o} | Shoes: LK Bennett Faye Pink Suede Sweetheart Court Pumps {c/o} | Bag: LK Bennett Nina Clutch {c/o} | Eyewear: LK Bennett Pink Half-Frame Sunglasses {c/o} | Fascinator: Vivien Sheriff Ashanti Hat {via Gold Coast Couture}

Today, I’m excited to share the best Royal Ascot dresses from one of my favorite brands, LK Bennett. Over the years, their gorgeous dresses, apparel and accessories have become some of my all-time favorite pieces in my closet. Case in point, this stunning striped style that was a part of my Netflix Politician series for how-to dress like Astrid Sloan.

In fact, LK Bennett is also the official ladies licensee for the Royal Ascot 2021. Furthermore, they created an elegant capsule collection of ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories all designed with the Royal Ascot dress code in mind. There’s a dress code, you ask? Why yes! 🙂 More on that later…


LK Bennett Royal Ascot Dresses

This month, LK Bennett has released a gorgeous Royal Ascot collection. Each piece is perfect for a day at the races or everyday events (daily walks, picnics, brunch, spring weddings and everything in between). Before diving in, are you familiar with the LK Bennett brand?

If not, I wanted to share some quick background! First off, the brand was officially founded by Linda Bennett in 1998. LK Bennett quickly established itself as the leading affordable British fashion house. Additionally, they offer a curated mix of feminine, colorful, and beautiful ready-to-wear, footwear and accessories for all occasion. Basically, Linda’s vision was to bring “a bit of Bond Street luxury to the High Street”. From celebrities to the Royal family, LK Bennett has become the go-to styles for women seeking to look effortless and refined from head to heel.

Royal Ascot Dress
Spot Print Georgette Dress | Faye Spot Print Pumps | Faye Black Suede Pumps | Imogen Black Sunglasses | Crepe Shift Dress | Koller Polka Dot Skirt | Dora Black Envelope Clutch | Lena Dot Print Jumpsuit
LK Bennett Blue Floral

Dress: LK Bennett Hodgkin Toile de Jouy Print Cotton Dress {c/o} | Bag: LK Bennett Dominica Blue Suede Clutch {c/o} | Shoes: LK Bennett Faye Sweetheart Court Pumps {c/o} | Eyewear: LK Bennett Pink Half-Frame Sunglasses {c/o} | Headpiece: Vintage Blue Velvet Fascinator


What is the Royal Ascot?

First, are you new to the Royal Ascot? If you’re a Brit, you’re likely familiar with the iconic occasion. In fact, their official motto is: “Like nowhere else.” Basically, the Royal Ascot is a high-profile event on the British social calendar. Since 1711, the annual affair occurs every June at the Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire, England. Part pomp, part tradition, and a whole lot of stylish fashion, the Royal Ascot remains a very special occasion.

Furthermore, the Royal Ascot is officially kicked off by the Queen Elizabeth. Plus, you get sightings of Will, Kate, and several other members of the Royal family. Basically, the occasion reminds me a lot of the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic – my favorite event in the U.S.

Today, I’m excited to showcase some beautiful Royal Ascot dresses. Overall, I hope it sparks fun outfit inspiration!

LK Bennett Polka Dot Dress

Dress: LK Bennett Pierre Monochrome Oversized Spot Print Georgette Dress {c/o} | Bag: LK Bennett Dora Nude Leather Clutch Bag {c/o} | Shoes: LK Bennett Faye Spot Print Leather Sweetheart Courts {c/o} | Eyewear: LK Bennett Imogen Black Oversized Sunglasses {c/o} | Headpiece: Vintage Black Velvet Feather Fascinator


Royal Ascot Dress Code

What? The Royal Ascot has a dress code? Indeed, the event has written (and unwritten) rules for how to dress for the day. In fact, The Royal Ascot Style Guide is famous for predicting some of the key trends for summer. Therefore, be sure to peruse the 2021 style guide for inspiration and ideas! Besides, it’s a fascinating read overall.

General Royal Ascot Dress Code Rules

Today, I wanted to give you a sampling of just some of the dress code rules. Keep in mind, there are additional rules depending on which section you’re in (Royal Enclosure, Queen Anne Enclosure, Village Enclosure, etc.). Below, I’m including a few rules:

  • Dresses and skirts should be of modest length, falling just above the knee or longer
  • Tops and dresses should have straps of one inch or greater
  • Jumpsuits are welcome but should be of full-length to the ankle, with regulations matching that for dresses
  • Hats should be worn; but a headpiece which has a base of 4 inches (10cm) or greater in diameter is an acceptable alternative
LK Bennett Royal Ascot Pink Dress

L.K. Bennett Jolene Dress

Kicking things off, I wanted to share the Royal Ascot x L.K.B Jolene dress. Isn’t it stunning? It’s like the ultimate Royal Ascot dress. Based on research, I learned the Jolene dress takes its inspiration from beautiful vintage haute couture gowns. Furthermore, it’s designed out of beautiful pale pink taffeta with small embellished of beaded flowers. Lastly, it has a an elegant asymmetric neckline featuring a statement bow on the other shoulder. So chic!

Royal Ascot Dresses

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LK Benett Ivanka Sunglasses

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LK Bennett Pierre Polka Dot Dress

LK Bennett Polka Dot Dress

Next up, I’m thrilled to share this posh polka dot Royal Acot dress. Ultimately, the LK Bennett Pierre Monochrome Oversized Spot Print Georgette Dress is a total head turner. Furthermore, this piece is designed from ethereal, lightweight georgette fabric, and the oversized spot print is an eye-catching print with a beautiful black collar.

LK Bennett Polka Dot Dress

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LK Bennett Polka Dot Pumps

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LK Bennett Ivory Clutch

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LK Bennett Black Sunglasses

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LK Bennett Blue Floral Royal Ascot
LK Bennett Blue Floral Dress

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LK Bennett Blue Clutch

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LK Bennett Black Pumps

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LK Benett Ivanka Sunglasses

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LK Bennett Blue Floral Dress

Finally, I absolutely love LK Bennett’s Hodgkin Toile de Jouy Print Cotton Dress. Designed out of 100% cotton, the fabric is breathable and doesn’t wrinkle too much. Above all, it’s a classic race day dress but it also can be worn for special occasions. Additionally, the fresh white and china blue with the vintage chintz-inspired toile de jouy print is just stunning!

Royal Ascot Dresses and Outfit Inspiration

Lastly, are you looking for more Royal Ascot dresses and outfit inspiration? If so, I’m sharing some of my other favorite picks from the brand that work for special occasions, summer picnics and even work. Moreover, I’m confident that these versatile pieces will be items you have in your closet forever.

LK Bennett Royal Ascot
Dee Pale Blue Crepe Shift Dress | Phelia Pink Romance Floral Stretch Cotton Dress | Holzer Candy Stripe Silk Midi Dress | Aurelia Pale Green Cotton Cropped Cardigan | Harriet Multi Stripe Fabric Mules | Gish Green Romance Floral Print Tie Neck Silk Dress | Jolene Pink Taffeta Beaded Dress | Monica Pink Romance Floral Print Lurex Silk Dress | Andrea Green Lurex Knitted Dress | Pami Green Romance Floral Silk Dress | Holzer Multi Stripe Silk Scarf | Dune Multi-Coloured Stripe Fabric Clutch | Eevi Pink Suede Espadrille Wedges

In Closing: Royal Ascot Dresses x LKB Collection

Lastly, be sure to shop the L.K. Bennett Royal Ascot Collection on their website and within select retail stores. Moreover, I’d love to hear about some of your favorite Royal Ascot outfits from the past.

Dress: LK Bennett Jolene Pale Pink Embellished Dress {c/o} | Shoes: LK Bennett Faye Pink Suede Sweetheart Court Pumps {c/o} | Bag: LK Bennett Nina Clutch {c/o} | Eyewear: LK Bennett Pink Half-Frame Sunglasses {c/o} | Fascinator: Vivien Sheriff Ashanti Hat {via Gold Coast Couture}

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