Ladies Day has been and gone but it hasn’t stopped racegoers at Royal Ascot keeping the fashion stakes high by turning the course into a catwalk.

For many women attending day four of the historic event, understated elegance and the hottest summer trends were the order of the day and many opted for ensembles in shades of white, ivory, grey and blush.

And for every eye-catching piece of headgear there were subtle ‘hatinators’ – the combination of hat and fascinator – that are growing in popularity as well as the gondolier-inspired style worn by Princess Beatrice yesterday.

One woman opted for a Seventies-inspired look that brought a flavour of Saturday Night Fever to the home county gathering, in an all-white chic jacket, matching wide-legged trousers and wide-brimmed white hat decorated with a spray of feathers.

Another woman dangled her YSL bag from her perfectly manicured fingertips, as she sashayed in a black trimmed white skirt and shirt combination.

While Ami Bree Said, a chiropractor from Putney, south west London, opted for a blush midi-length dress with a boater hat adorned with pink ribbons.

But for every elegant dresser, there was someone else doing all they could to catch eyes – and raise eyebrows.


Quirky hats were popular yesterday and today’s visitors seemed to be going all out to top their efforts, with early arrivals sporting a range of unusual head gear.

One woman’s voluminous white hat featured a silver race horse leaping over layers of taffeta, and she sported a white gown that was not unlike a wedding dress.

Meanwhile Russian-born model Natalia Kapchuk was impossible to miss in an aubergine coloured puffball skirt and multi tiered hat, while her friend had a touch of the circus ringmaster about her in a red top hat, carrying a cane.