What I wore to Royal Ascot

Oh hello, chaps! Last Saturday, one had a right royal time at Ascot. Having never been to Royal Ascot, I was a bit apprehensive about what to wear. Though I have plenty of pretty dresses, the dress code is fairly strict, the website states that “only formal day dress with a hat or substantial fascinator will be acceptable. Off the shoulder, halter neck, spaghetti straps and dresses with a strap of less than one inch and miniskirts are considered unsuitable. Midriffs must be covered and trouser suits must be full length and of matching material and colour”. After much umming and ahhing, I decided on my Lanvin x H&M number, it certainly fits the bill though the barely there straps were a bit of a worry. This was my first ever H&M collaboration purchase, I loved that the Lanvin collaboration stayed true to the main label signatures.

Against the advice of the Twitterati, who suggested I went for hat, I opted for a cream fascinator to match my cream heels. For years, I’ve been a clasher rather than a matcher, but I’m beginning to colour match parts of my outfits now – not the old shoes and bag combination though.  I purposefully clashed my bag to prevent the outfit from looking too ‘done’. The shoes were actually a last minute substitution, I bought some shoes from the New Look and LCF collaboration but they were far too painful, which is unfortunate as they were perfect with the dress and accessories.

Anyway, one must dash. Toodle pip! x

Dress – H&M

Jacket – FrostFrench

Bag and fascinator – M&S

Heels – Aldo

Reena Rai

Reena Rai is a 30-something London-based fashion, travel and lifestyle blogger. She has been blogging for 10 years (!), previously at fashiondaydreams.com before launching her self-titled blog.



  1. Maria
    June 26, 2011 / 9:32 pm

    I love this, your hair looks absolutely gorgeous too! :DMaria xxx

  2. daisychain
    June 27, 2011 / 6:38 am

    That dress is a beauty! (as are youuu) x

  3. Soccer Mom Style
    June 27, 2011 / 11:48 am

    So cute!

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