The 4 best wedding guest shoes to wear

Look stunning & classy.

There is nothing more precious than seeing your loved ones tying the knot in an idyllic setting filled with love and nostalgia. Intimate gatherings like this bring back indescribable memories from the past and create an aura of anticipation about what is yet to come. Weddings are also an ideal time to finally pull out that stunning satin midi dress you’ve been saving in your closet for the right occasion. Time to invest in a high-quality, staple pair of wedding guest shoes that not only exude elegance but provide you with the highest level of comfort to see you through the full day celebration. Ghazal’s diversified collection of women’s shoes reflects the most desired features of the best wedding guest shoes that will ensure your look is both refined and effortlessly chic.

 

 

ICONIC WEDDING GUEST SHOES THAT WILL MAKE AN ENTRANCE

What makes a great pair of wedding guest shoes? The magic lies in detail. Subtle embellishment, timeless design, and a contemporary colour palette. That is why, Ghazal’s versatile selection of patterned platform shoes is the perfect choice of wedding guest heels for women who are confident, assertive and unafraid to take risks. Our platforms fuse a classic stiletto heel with unconventional colour combinations that pair flawlessly with an elegant dress or two-piece wedding look, illustrating distinctive style and personality. Our beloved wedding guest shoes with a platform pay tribute to the fashion world that empowers diversity, authenticity and innovation. Ghazal’s Bella platforms are designed to inspire you to reach your full potential. Wear our comfortable wedding heels with unapologetic confidence, knowing that our platforms will provide you with incomparable style and quality during these unforgettable moments.

 

WHAT TO WEAR TO A SUMMER WEDDING? WEDDING GUEST SHOES YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE WITH

Alfresco weddings in quaint gardens and courtyards appear to evoke our deepest desires and dreams. The smell of greenery and fresh breeze on our skin makes us more emotional and connected to nature than in any other season. For this special occasion, finding a perfect pair of wedding guest shoes that will reassure you with incredible comfort has never been more challenging. For this reason, Ghazal’s stunning collection of mid-heels has come to fruition. Our iconic mid-heels are exemplary wedding guest shoes that elevate every look – walk with grace and enchant your peers without any effort. Thanks to their captivating design and decorative elements, Ghazal’s mid-heel shoes instantly refine every look, whether it be a dress or wedding suit set, making them your new favourite wedding guest heels.

PERFECT WEDDING GUEST SHOES THAT WILL HELP YOU DECIDE WHAT TO WEAR TO AN AUTUMN WEDDING

An autumnal aura filled with saturated shades of red, orange and yellow inspires us to bring out what is the best in our designer wedding guest shoes. A rich colour palette, sublime designs and the legacy of Italian craftsmanship represent a blend of traditionality and innovation, which are the most sought-after characteristics in every stylish and comfortable heel for a wedding. That is why Ghazal’s stunning mules are designed with meticulous attention to fulfil those expectations. Our simple pointed-toe mules on a kitten heel, Colette, are perfect examples of comfy wedding shoes that are equally elegant, feminine and comfortable. Colette in their nude, white or black edition will accentuate the class and sophistication of your wedding look, while our high-coloured mules in the hues of lime, orange, pink or light blue will add a touch of eccentric elegance. Are you seeking a pair of wedding guest heels that make a statement? Ghazal’s iconic mules with a sculptural ruched upper panel and strap on the toe, Ivan, are the missing ingredient in your stylish, autumnal outfit. 

 

GHAZAL’S COMFORTABLE HEELS FOR WEDDING THAT EVERY WOMAN SHOULD OWN

For some, weddings are a perfect occasion to set oneself apart from others and wear a  less conventional pair of wedding guest heels. It is an opportunity to get creative with different looks, mixing and matching styles, patterns and colours. Others may prefer to opt for the timelessness of classic wedding guest heels that not only represent style and refinement in their highest form but are also the safest solution when you want to feel effortlessly confident and at ease. For this reason, Ghazal’s pumps have been carefully designed to acquire the best qualities of traditional wedding guest shoes without compromising their unique style. Our versatile selection of iconic pumps, available in different colours and materials, will make you redefine what it truly feels like to wear incredibly comfortable wedding guest heels.

Heeled pumps for every occasion

Comfortable heels you need to have in your wardrobe.

The golden rule of every capsule wardrobe stresses the importance of having a staple pair of heels not only because they transform even the simplest of outfits but mainly because they make you feel good. Comfortable heels represent womanhood and femininity. They accentuate the power of a woman who embraces her gentle qualities and lets her most authentic side take charge. That is why Ghazal’s heeled pumps embody aspiration to the highest form of self-expression, regardless of whether your style is subtle and minimalistic or bold and eclectic.

 

 

THE MOST COMFORTABLE HEELS YOU CAN WALK IN

Whether it is a designer dress, suit co-ord or oversized blazer, a pair of classic pumps are an absolute necessity in every woman’s life. Comfortable heels not only complement every look adding a touch of elegance and sophistication but they also elevate outfits that are meant to embody more nonchalance and effortlessness. What distinguishes Ghazal’s shoes? Our iconic heeled pumps are more than that. Ghazal’s comfortable heels are made to serve the everyday life of women that are in constant movement and change yet never give up on their style. They serve to empower you to be more courageous equally in your professional and personal life. Thanks to Ghazal’s comfortable high heels, you can completely change a look from morning to evening, and therefore influence your attitude and the way you feel. Your comfort is our priority.

 

WHY HEELED PUMPS ARE THE MOST COMFORTABLE STILETTOS YOU HAVE EVER OWNED

The uniqueness of Ghazal’s heeled pumps is that you can walk in comfortable heels all day without having to worry about getting tired. They are equally perfect for work environments and a night out with friends due to their carefully crafted design and sublime detail. Our gorgeous black stilettos, Inès, will pair seamlessly with a classic shirt, formal trousers or smart dress, while the same silhouette of heeled pumps in their colour pop edition will accentuate every muted outfit that requires a touch of colour. Are you on the lookout for an elegant and fashionable variation of heeled pumps? Ghazal’s comfortable heels, Jackie, our highly-coveted slim T-bar pumps are a great alternative to Inès, adding understated glamour with their decorative ankle strap. Ghazal’s comfortable high heels will satisfy even the most discerning woman thanks to the versatile collection and Italian quality of our heeled pumps.

WEAR GHAZAL’S COMFORTABLE HIGH HEELS WITH GRACE AND CONFIDENCE

A woman’s beauty can only be measured by the energy she exudes. How confidently she expresses her thoughts and ideas. How gracefully she crosses a room full of people. That is why Ghazal’s heeled pumps, the most comfortable heels in our collection, possess the best qualities of classic stilettos to empower you to strive for your desires. You do not have to compromise comfort to look stunningly attractive. Ghazal’s comfortable high heels have been made with passion and love, paying meticulous attention to the quality of leather, stylish and convenient design, and the role stilettos intend to play in women’s everyday life. Each and every woman is meant for something bigger than ourselves, and Ghazal’s heeled pumps are an invaluable companion to everyday life in the pursuit of your dreams.

 

HEELED PUMPS, A MIXTURE OF TIMELESSNESS AND MODERNITY

Ghazal’s selection of comfortable heels are designed to merge the past with the future. We create shoes that pay tribute to the legacy of Italian craftsmanship and the highest quality of materials while inviting modernity and innovation with their distinctive designs. Our classic edition of heeled pumps covers the versatility of colours and materials, from patent and metallic leather to suede, so Ghazal’s comfortable heels not only pair with your beloved skirts, jeans and chinos but also perfectly represent your unique style. Thanks to Ghazal’s stunning heeled pumps, you will always feel effortlessly chic, confident and attractive, yet comfortable, no matter where you are. 

What shoes to wear to brunch

Simple & timeless brunch outfit ideas.

Brunch is not only a social event to indulge in a delicious meal, but an opportunity to get dressed up and give enjoy fashion, a moment to let your creativity take charge. Wondering what to wear to brunch? Indeed, finding the perfect pair of shoes that will make your brunch outfit effortlessly polished and relaxed requires much thought. For this reason, Ghazal has designed a stunning selection of women’s shoes that accentuates all winter and summer brunch outfits.

 

 

THE HISTORY OF BRUNCH DEPICTED IN ICONIC BRUNCH OUTFITS

According to some, what we now know as eggs benedict, scones or fluffy pancakes accompanied by a fresh alcoholic beverage originated in 19th-century England. Others compete with Londoners, believing that New York was the birthplace of this legendary blend of breakfast and lunch. Usually served after 10 am, just before noon, typical brunch is not only a wonderful time to catch up with friends or go out with your loved one but also a perfect moment to dress up for the occasion, seemingly at a moment’s notice. Therefore, If you want to quickly elevate a brunch outfit without appearing too contrived, opt for one of Ghazal’s pointed-toe mules available in hues of lime, orange, light blue, or pink. Wearing colour pop mules with black wide-leg trousers and a little top is an easy way to invite some spontaneity to your elegant brunch outfit. If you’re seeking a more nonchalant and effortless brunch outfit, Ghazal’s flat shoes will bring style and indescribable comfort to your urban look. Our patent leather loafers Sophie will perfectly accompany a pair of jeans with an oversized shirt. In contrast, Ghazal’s flat slides Chloé with a shiny or fluffy strap will add a little femininity to your brunch outfit. That is exactly what brunch with Ghazal is all about. A mixture of elegant, easy and timeless footwear staples. 

 

THE BEST SUMMER BRUNCH OUTFITS WITH HEELS: STILETTOS AND NOT ONLY THAT

Summer is our favourite season for brunching as you can finally uncover your legs and wear your beloved sheer dresses, pencil skirts and linen shirts. This is also the time when restaurants are opening their atmospheric gardens and terraces so that you can sip your mimosa basking in the warm sun outside in the fresh air. But what to wear to brunch to feel at ease and relaxed without compromising your style? The answer is simple, mid-heels. Putting on one of Ghazal’s stunning mid-heel shoes with a slim T-bar and ankle strap, Jackie 60, is a perfect way to take any summer brunch outfit to the next level without much effort. Pair your chosen mid-heels with simple chinos and a T-shirt to create a balance between elegance and comfort. If you want to go for a more glamourous brunch outfit, choose Ramatuelle, Ghazal’s mid-heel sandals with a crystal-embellished strap, available not only in black but also gold and fuchsia. Take inspiration for the most breathtaking brunch outfit ideas from our rarefied collection of heels, the Icons. They have been carefully selected to merge a sophisticated allure with a dash of contemporary. Our nude kitten heels, Colette, will flawlessly complement your midi skirt, while Ghazal’s mules, Vivienne, will add a chic touch to your brunch outfit thanks to the transparent heel revealing the Ghazal logo.

BRUNCH OUTFIT IDEAS WITH GHAZAL’S BELOVED PUMPS, INÈS

Are you looking for a specific pair of staple shoes to transform your ordinary brunch outfit into a stylish ensemble? A pair that will inspire you to strive for the best and become the most authentic representation of you? The staple pumps you are looking for are called Inès, classic stilettos with elegant camber, available in different heel heights. Inès are perfect for more sophisticated brunch outfit ideas, smoothly elevating your look and making you walk confidently with grace. They will complement maxi dresses, suit sets and business casual brunch outfits thanks to their timeless design and a versatile range of colours. Choose your go-to clothes and pair them with Ghazal’s iconic pumps for the ultimate minimalist yet fashionable look. Immerse yourself in the thrill of creating glamorous outfits without having to worry about what to wear to brunch. Most of all, be unapologetically yourself and opt for brunch outfits that resonate with your unique style and personality. That is why our stunning pumps are one of the Icons; they equally possess the best qualities of classic stilettos and embody the spirit of modernity. Wearing Inès, you immediately establish a mood for the meeting, setting your simple brunch outfit apart from others. 

 

WINTER BRUNCH OUTFITS TO KEEP YOU WARM & ELEVATE YOUR LOOK

Cooler temperatures demand a slightly different approach, as brunch is no longer just a charming outdoor summer event and instead, it can be enjoyed in warm and cosy venues. Channel your inner it-girl and opt for a pair of chunky boots from your wardrobe, perfect for slightly more rebellious brunch outfit ideas. Winter brunch outfits with laced-up leather boots are a unique opportunity to break the rules. Pair one of Ghazal’s favourite black boots with a feminine dress to create a captivating contrast and a more edgy brunch outfit. Chunky shoes can also direct your focus to more subtle elements of your apparel like colour and fabric. Ghazal’s white boots, Lou Lou with an oval toe and stacked heel, will perfectly complement a chunky knit layered over a silk skirt. The potential for creating warm, cosy and gently elevated brunch outfits is endless. Set yourself free from any expectations and make your comfort the main priority. Ghazal is a posture, an attitude. The Ghazal woman is classy, elegant, confident and most importantly, in love with her uniqueness.

The best elegant work shoes that every woman should own

For an effortless flare and style.

The haste and chaos of the corporate world have been gradually replaced by the serenity and freedom of choice. Due to new alternative ways of working today, namely the opportunity to work from home, not only giving people freedom in their personal lives, but also freedom to ditch officewear for more fashionable outfits.  Work shoes, in the past associated with low heel black pumps and discreet ballet flats, are experiencing their great comeback, bringing innovation and creativity through new unconventional designs and embellishments. Ghazal’s stunning collection of elegant and comfortable work shoes will introduce you to the professional world with effortless flare and style.

 

 

SMART CASUAL WORKWEAR, WORK SHOES THAT ARE INCREDIBLY CLASSY AND ELEGANT

Whether you are a maximalist or a dedicated advocate of a capsule wardrobe, Ghazal’s sophisticated mules are the most stylish and comfortable solution amongst all women’s work shoes. Our pointed-toe mules with a kitten heel, Colette, are a staple pair of shoes that will enhance any work outfit, reflecting professionality and assertiveness, while Ivan is a brave choice for contemporary women who prefer a little glamour. Regardless of your style, be it eccentric or pared back, your work outfits can be professional without compromising colour, pattern and texture. Ghazal’s versatile collection of work shoes can help you find the perfect match that will be your long-lasting companion in achieving your most ambitious goals.

 

THE MOST COMFORTABLE WOMEN’S WORK SHOES FOR THE OFFICE 

Smart casual workwear, and especially women’s work shoes, have an unflattering reputation. Your heeled work shoes may perfectly match an oversized blazer, but can often be challenging to commute to the office in without burning your soles. Yet, more comfortable work shoes, may not have the power to accentuate your silhouette. Instead, making you feel flat and uninspired when you need to show up as your most confident and capable self. Knowing and anticipating the behaviour of the Ghazal woman, we designed a versatile collection of mid-heels – work shoes that possess the most desired features of timeless footwear. Our stunning mid-heels, available in a wide range of colours and styles, are the perfect balance between classic heels and comfortable design.

THE BEST WORK OUTFITS WITH FLAT WORK SHOES

What are the key factors you need to consider when choosing the most appropriate work shoes? If your fashion choices are mainly impacted by comfort and versatility, Ghazal’s flat shoes will certainly meet all your needs and expectations. Our flat work shoes complement the business casual dress code while equally complementing the more formal work outfits that are required in high-level environments. Ghazal’s step-in loafers, Sophie, made from the softest calf leather and available in different staple colours work perfectly with fitted ankle trousers and pencil skirts, making them ideal comfortable work shoes. Our flat slides with a strap, Chloé, on the other hand, in a set with denim, are a stylish choice for a more contemporary or creative workplace. 

 

LOOK EFFORTLESSLY PROFESSIONAL AND ELEVATED WITH GHAZAL’S WORK SHOES

When it comes to timeless and elegant women’s work shoes, the best investment is a pair of Ghazal’s heeled pumps. Our iconic pump shoes, Inès, are timeless stilettos. In black, Inès effortlessly elevates minimalistic office dresses and the colour variations will complement more vibrant and eclectic work outfits. Are you seeking more defined designs? Ghazal’s patent leather pumps, Jackie, with a slim T-bar and ankle strap are a chic alternative to traditional work shoes. There is nothing more fulfilling than feeling incredibly comfortable and confident, wearing Ghazal’s stunning shoes for women. Rest assured, that a pair of Ghazal work shoes will always exude an indescribable elegance, class, and style.

Comfortable party shoes for an unforgettable night out

A city nightlife that is soaked in the potential to emancipate your true nature.

You put on your favourite pair of night out shoes and head for the door. The evening wind brushes your sunkissed skin as you arrive at the party. Your cheeks are warm and gently flushed from dancing, and that delicious glass of pale rosé you drank a little too quickly Your sheer dress is bouncing in the rhythm of your moves, whilst our beloved going out shoes clack to the beat of your favourite song. You feel as if the time has paused, as if the night will never end. You feel incredible.

PARTY SHOES THAT GIVE YOU THE FREEDOM TO LOSE YOURSELF IN THE MOMENT

This is the feeling of wearing Ghazal’s iconic party shoes, your fail-safe heels that are so comfortable, you can barely feel them under your feet. Party shoes that make you redefine what fashion, beauty and nonchalance truly mean to you. A perfect night is much more than a place, music or company. It’s the details. The confidence you feel when you walk in your cherished going out shoes. In a brief exchange of looks with someone admiring you from the other side of the room, seemingly in passing. In a gentle gesture of releasing the straps and removing your designer party heels to take to the floor barefoot! Lost in the moment, feeling completely carefree.

 

MULES, LOW HEEL PARTY SHOES GOING AGAINST THE CURRENT

Coco Chanel used to say, Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take at least one thing off. This quote reflects the core values and identity of Ghazal. Less is more. Ghazal’s pieces are effortlessly wearable, balancing classic elegance and understated glamour, with a dash of contemporary. Our party shoes are made with love and passion to empower women to become the best version of themselves. Regardless of whether you are heading to a cocktail party or to a trendy bar with your girlfriends for a glass of vino, Ghazal’s stylish mules with a simple-pointed toe and tiny heel will elevate your look and make you feel effortlessly sophisticated. Thanks to Ghazal’s iconic party heels you have an opportunity to set the tone for the night. Become vocal like Ghazal’s closed-toe mule Iva or elegant like our lovely Colette. Express yourself. Take control. Wear your beloved party shoes with unworldly grace.

FALL IN LOVE WITH GHAZAL PARTY SHOES AND WEAR THOSE PUMPS YOU CANNOT STOP THINKING ABOUT

What is your favourite pair of go-to party heels? Forget them. Let them go without hesitation. Ghazal’s pumps will carry you through the night like no others have before. Our patent leather pump shoes with a slim T-bar and ankle strap represent a perfect blend of comfort, beauty and chic with their refined design and colours. The best party shoes are the ones that you don’t even feel on your feet. The ones that simply let you be who you truly are. Confident like red pumps Inès 85, passionate like orange high-heeled pumps Jackie 100, at ease and elegant like our entire collection of stunning night out shoes. Discover the unexplored qualities of your personality by choosing pumps that embody your most yearning desires. Let your evening look speak for itself. But beware, every pair of Ghazal’s party shoes will tell the world a different story.

 

FLAT GOING OUT SHOES, NOT A CHOICE BUT A STATEMENT

Cosy soirées, iconic live music venues and a city nightlife that is soaked in the ineffable potential to emancipate your true nature. Who said that party shoes must be heels? Make a statement and put on Ghazal’s stylish flat shoes. Complement your little black dress with a dash of sparkle wearing our shiny flat slides Chloé or bridge the gap between casual and evening wear by putting on Sophie, Ghazal’s most famed step-in loafers made from the softest nappa leather. Change the narrative of this unforgettable evening, accentuated by the timeless beauty and style of our extraordinary party shoes. Commemorate these meaningful moments which, one day, will become only an ephemeral memory of the past.

3 Books you won’t be able to put down

Perfect holiday reads

The Metamorphosis

A Novel By Franz Kafka

 

A trained lawyer, German speaking Czech-Jewish novelist Franz Kafka is widely regarded as one of the major 20th century literature figures, even though most of Kafka’s writing was actually done in his spare time. He fuses elements of realism and the fantastic to explore themes of alienation, anxiety, guilt, and absurdity. Considered one of his best-known works ‘The Metamorphosis’ is one of those rare books that completely sucks you in and I for one, couldn’t put it down.
 
The plot follows the story of a traveling salesman named Gregor Samsa, who wakes one morning to find he has transformed into a ‘monstrous vermin’ – an insect. Initially, Gregor sees the change as temporary, and locks himself into his room worried about losing his job, but as time passes, he begins to adapt to the change, under the eye of his family who are horrified he has turned into an insect.
 
This incredible book symbolises how flexible the mind can be, and how the body follows. It questions our place within our family, and the opinion that society may have about changes that occur within our lives. As the sole provider within his family, Gregor became completely useless; and therefore, his family began to treat him in accordance. Even though Gregor’s mind adapts to being transformed into an insect and he becomes used to it, sadly, his family do not.
 
Something particularly striking about this book is that we never know why Gregor became an insect, and possibly even more powerful, Gregor, does not question it himself. This deep analysis of being conscious of who we are, our place in society and our self-consciousness is a masterpiece. I am certain it’s a must read for anyone and everyone.

Everything I know about love

By Dolly Alderton

 

London born author, Sunday Times columnist and podcast host, Dolly Alderton explores themes of love, female friendship, and her experiences living as a millennial woman in her work. She has a column Dear Dolly in Style magazine, has worked as a story producer for Made in Chelsea, written and directed two independent films; The Confluence and Anna Island. Alderton co-hosted a hugely popular weekly podcast The High Low and has published two books, a memoir, Everything I Know About Love and a novel, Ghosts. She’s just a all round brilliant woman!
 
This book is hilarious! Everything I Know About Love is an absolute must-read have for any millennial who wants to laugh! A candid read, about Dolly’s relationship history from her university years through her twenties, she vividly recounts falling in love, tales of disaster dates, one night stands, getting dumped, getting drunk on great nights out and hideous hangovers – Dolly’s writing style is just like a conversation with a friend, and totally relatable!
 
Dolly, documents her life, the struggles of early adulthood, the highs and the lows, the uncertainty, the sex, the heartache, the embarrassing moments – even a series of lists, and recipes. All with the underlying notion being that you are enough. I can say with absolute certainty that you have to add it to your reading list!

Lettres à Yves

by Pierre Bergé

 

French born Pierre Bergé shared his life with the great fashion designer, Yves Saint Laurent for fifty years.  After they met in 1958, they became romantically involved and together launched Yves Saint Laurent Couture House in 1961, later splitting amicably in 1976 and remained lifelong friends and business partners.
 
These letters, written to Yves after his death relive their carefree early days, revealing secrets of their private conversations, their personal lives, from beautiful memories in Marrakech to the addictions Yves had for drugs and alcohol, and his depression. This homage uncovers how hectic their relationship was, yet deeply passionate.
 
“I remember your first collection under your name and the tears at the end. Then the years passed. Oh, how they passed quickly. The divorce was inevitable but the love never stopped.” Pierre Bergé
 
This powerful little book written by Pierre Bergé to the love of his life Yves Saint Laurent is a beautiful, heartfelt farewell. A wonderful read.

Off To The Races

GHAZAL AT THE ROYAL ASCOT

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The history of sport is inextricably tied to fashion, and there is perhaps no greater crucible of physical prowess and style than Royal Ascot. Taking place over five days at the Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire during June each year, Ascot brings together the crème de la crème of British high society, including the entirety of the royal family, and a generous smattering of supermodels, It-girls, and darlings of the silver screen. It was fitting, then, that Ghazal chose to celebrate the launch of our Spring 2022 collection with a private event hosted in the Royal Enclosure at Ascot.

Founder Houda Ghazal wore a white cream lace dress by Erdem and the classic ‘Jackie’ shoe by Ghazal for the occasion, which was attended by an intimate mix of influencers and VIPs. Among them were Lady Sophie Windsor, Kelly Prehn, Ikram Abdi, Kate Mason, and Lilah Parsons.

“Ascot is an amazing opportunity to celebrate fashion,” says Ghazal.

 
 

Indeed, over the years Ascot has seen its fair share of memorable fashion moments. In 1982, Jerry Hall attended Ascot in a fabulous monochrome look, complete with Dynasty-esque lapels, a string of pearls, and a decorative solid gold binocular set, with model pal Marie Helvin on her arm. Four years later, Princess Diana stole the show in a cream peplum skirt suit, cinched at the waist and paired with a wide-brim Philip Somerville hat. Most recently, turns from the Duchess of Cambridge, in powder blue Elie Saab in 2019, and My Fair Lady-esque white lace Alexander McQueen in 2017, as well as Lady Kitty Spencer in Dolce & Gabbana and Sophie, Countess of Wessex in Emilia Wickstead, both in 2019, proved enduring Ascot best-dressed moments.

 

The race dates back to the 1700s, but it was at the turn of the 19th century that a dress code emerged, when Beau Brummel (a friend of the Prince Regent and early style savant who reportedly polished his boots with champagne) began demanding that male attendees must wear black coats, white cravats, and pantaloons. In 1910, to show respect for the late King Edward VII, those in attendance dressed entirely in black, save for the strings of pearls worn by the more fashionable female aristocrats. Today, Ascot boasts one of the most stringent dress codes in the world—guests of the Royal Enclosure must adhere to a 36-page dossier that specificies, among other things, the width of the straps on women’s dresses (one-inch), and the base of hats (10 centimeters). Dresses are expected to fall below the knee and halter neck dresses, and off-the-shoulder silhouettes are banned, as are fascinators and headbands. That’s not to say that the rules of the Royal Enclosure are completely unbendable, in 1971 Ascot allowed women to wear suiting for the first time, and in 2017 they introduced a stipulation allowing for jumpsuits.

 

However, anyone who finds such a detailed rulebook intimidating is largely missing the point. Codes have always been part of the joy of dressing up, and Ascot is the embodiment of an increasingly rare phenomenon: sartorial events that are reverent to tradition. It’s a tradition that continues to attract an outstanding number of guests. As Britain’s most popular racing meet, Ascot welcomes 300,000 racegoers over its five-day period (who, charmingly, consume 120,000 buttermilk scones and 80,000 cups of tea during that time), and is watched by hundreds of thousands of viewers in more than 200 countries around the world. Many attend and tune in, in part, for the chance to catch a glimpse of the Queen, who considers Ascot one of her favourite annual events. Her Majesty has attended every day of the meet for the last 66 years, save for 2020 and 2021, when the event was temporarily paused, and in 1953 when it clashed with her coronation. Punters have even taken to placing bets on which colour Elizabeth II will wear for each outing—over the course of six decades those colours have ranged from pistachio to lavender, strawberry to apricot. Always, however, the Queen has worn a bright hue that imbues the event with a sense of pomp, circumstance and—above all—joy. This is, after all, the woman who famously quipped “If I wore beige, nobody would know who I am.”