As Royal Ascot takes place without its stylish crowds, we pay a tribute to the event's most iconic accessory
Once part of the everyman’s outfit, the top hat is now mostly reserved for formal occasions – weddings, garden parties – and Royal Ascot. Ever since the races at Ascot began in 1711, the prestigious event has been the highlight of the sporting, social and fashion calendar – and the top hat has become the pinnacle of racegoers’ attire. While the dress code is updated each year, the majestic piece of headwear has remained a Royal Enclosure must.
Bates has dressed the heads of Ascot attendees for more than 120 years. And when the time comes, our collection
– which includes our exquisitely restored antique and vintage pieces – will rise to the occasion again. Read a brief but fascinating history of the top hat here
In the meantime, why not don your finery to enjoy Royal Ascot At Home
(16-20 June). Style an outfit, share your selfie on social media and raise money for frontline charities. Hats at the ready!