Today sees the start of Royal Ascot, and this Thursday is Ladies Day. To celebrate, Heathcote & Ivory are launching a special Ladies Day offer: spend over £20 on our website and receive a Girl on the Go Set (worth £8.50), available in either Vintage Rose or Vintage Mimosa & Pomegranate fragrance, totally FREE. It's got all you need to keep your hands looking as glorious as you do this Ladies Day.

Ladies Day is the perfect day to get glammed-up for the world to see. It can be a tricky occasion full of formalities and racing lingo, but don't let that take the fun out of the day – here's a few tips for how best to enjoy the event in the best possible taste...

What to wear

Royal Ascot Ladies Day Dress Code & GuideThis year Royal Ascot are employing a team of 'fashion police' to ensure everyone is complying with their newly changed dress code, ready to hand out pashminas, fascinators and ties to visitors who fail to meet the new style rules. So unless you wish to receive an item from Royal Ascot's lost property box, it's best to go prepared!

What you wear depends on where you park your pashmina: different areas of the site have different dress codes. Below is the Royal Ascot dress code as featured on the official Ascot website.

Grandstand Admission Dress Code

Ladies within the main Grandstand enclosure are encouraged to dress in a manner as befits a formal occasion. Ladies are kindly asked to take particular note of the following:

  • A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times
  • Strapless or sheer strap dresses and tops are not permitted
  • Trousers must be full length and worn with a top that adheres to the guidelines above (i.e. strapless or sheer strap tops are not permitted)
  • Jackets and pashminas may be worn but dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Grandstand Admission dress code
  • Midriffs must be covered
  • Shorts are not permitted.

Royal Enclosure Dress Code

Ladies are kindly reminded that formal day wear is a requirement in the Royal Enclosure, defined as follows:

  • Dresses and skirts should be of modest length defined as falling just above the knee or longer
  • Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch or greater
  • Jackets and pashminas may be worn but dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Royal Enclosure dress code
  • Trouser suits are welcome. They should be of full length and of matching material and colour
  • Hats should be worn; a headpiece which has a base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat.

Ladies are kindly asked to note the following:

  • Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck, spaghetti straps and dresses with a strap of less than one inch (2.5cm) are not permitted
  • Midriffs must be covered
  • Fascinators are no longer permitted in the Royal Enclosure; neither are headpieces which do not have a base covering a sufficient area of the head (4 inches / 10cm).

What to take

Umbrella: So far weather for Ladies Day doesn't look too lady like, with rain forecast throughout the day (it's best to keep an eye on the BBC Weather forecast) so it would be a mistake not to pack a brolly to save yourself (and your hat) from those downpours.

Vintage Girl On the Go Set - Rose or Mimosa & Pomegranate: A handbag must have for girls on the go – especially at Royal Ascot – it's the perfect day out accessory to keep hands soft, moisture-rich, and looking as glamorous as the rest of you. Specially for Royal Ascot Ladies Day, Heathcote & Ivory are offering this set FREE when you spend over £20 on our website. Included: 2 x Vintage Rose Hand & Nail Cream 50ml, 15 x Vintage Rose Paper Soap Sheets, and 1 x Nail File, infused with the romantic scent of rose, or the light, fruity & floral pomegranate.

Royal Ascot Ladies Day Dress Code & Guide Vintage Girl On the Go Sets - Rose and Mimosa & Pomegranate

Handbag make-up: It's best to have a few essentials to hand in case you get caught in the rain. Not so much that it weighs down your handbag, but just enough to top-up when the mood takes you. Bronzer, lipstick and mascara will often do the trick.

Other tips

Arrive early: gates open at 10:30am. Get there early to get the whole experience of the day, and to avoid long queues.

Public transport: Parking is tight and traffic builds up early on race day, so if you can use the public transport systems you can avoid a lot of stress. The Ascot train station is a 10-minute walk from the racecourse, with directions clearly marked. Even better, if you're staying at a hotel, book one within walking distance.

Buy a racecard: a racecard is a good tool for finding your way around the venue and is your programme for the day, listing all races, times, and past form of the runners. They can be purchased from the blue kiosks around the racecourse.