Royal Ascot Ladies Day With Roman Originals


One of the best parts of blogging is when that email drops with an invite to a super event. I had the pleasure of attending Royal Ascot Ladies Day on behalf of Roman Originals.

I’d never been to Royal Ascott before either, so choosing a lovely dress and getting “done up” for the day was exciting. I really loved my outfit and that’s what I’m sharing with you this week.


I'd never been to Royal Ascott before either, so choosing a lovely dress and getting "done up" for the day was exciting. I really loved my outfit and that's what I'm sharing with you this week.


Of course, I had to choose some headgear for this even. I went for the barely there fascinator.  A hat of any kind is rarely seen on me because hats really don’t suit me but I was really quite pleased with this one I ordered.

The dress is absolutely stunning. Sleeveless with a fitted body, there’s a side zip for ease of putting on. Subtle pleating at the neckline and a neck fastening at the back.

The dress was really as light as a feather and I love the soft pleats. It really is a lovely floaty dress, the belt that comes with the dress finishes the look perfectly.



The little Bolero is an absolute godsend. I hate the tops of my arms on show! Pleated at the shoulder and so lightweight but just enough of a cover-up. These little boleros are available in several colours on the website, enough to compliment many an outfit.


I'd never been to Royal Ascott before either, so choosing a lovely dress and getting "done up" for the day was exciting. I really loved my outfit and that's what I'm sharing with you this week.


I think the ruched band at the back is a lovely detail. Very cleverly designed so it drapes under the arms so you can see all of the dress from the front.



I felt really comfortable all day in the dress and I think it would make a great wedding guest outfit. I had a job choosing which handbag to take because of items needed throughout the day. One of those items being an umbrella, but luckily I didn’t need it. I kept accessories simple, a silver bangle and a pearl bracelet, my silver Daniel Wellington watch and my new Claudia Bradby earrings completed the look.



Arriving at Royal Ascot and being nosey




There was a coach arranged to meet in Victoria for this special day out. Everyone was meeting to get on the coach at Victoria in London. It was easier for me and quicker to take the drive to Ascot.

I arrived well ahead of everyone else excited for my first time at Royal Ascot. Another blogger Lauren from The Little Lo Down also arrived at the same time and we headed to the entrance.

We had a little chat, an introduction to each other and from then on our eyes gazed over the sea of dresses and hats that were heading inside. I can honestly say that I would have been more than happy to have spent my day on a chair people watching, outfit watching the whole day.


What to wear at Royal Ascot Ladies Day


The dress code is quite simple to adhere to. Just look up the dress code online. Apart from the village enclosure, all codes are quite the same.

• A hat, headpiece or fascinator should
be worn at all times.
• Strapless and sheer dresses and tops are
not permitted. Please note our definition
of strapless necklines include off-the-shoulder, Bardot and one shoulder.
• Trouser suits must be full-length, and
jumpsuits should fall below the knee.
Both must adhere to the neckline
regulations above.
• Midriffs must be covered.
• Shorts are not permitted.


I was gobsmacked at a couple of ladies being turned away at the entrance because they had Bardot style dresses! Imagine all that preparation and money to be turned away!

Your hats or fascinators are to be worn at all times. I spotted ladies being told politely that that was the policy. I hold my hands up to the ladies that wore such grand decorated masterpieces that looked exceptionally heavy!


I waved at the queen!



Being in the Queen Ann enclosure was a real treat. The view was amazing out on the balcony. Watching the royals go by in their carriages.


lunch with blogger friends & Roman Originals



It was lovely catching up with virtual friends that I know from Instagram. And meeting the lovely ladies that are some of the workforce behind Roman Originals. A four-course meal was had and an afternoon tea followed.





A few of the girls had bets on the horses and won. The crowds cheering and the excitement was great. I didn’t bet. I was happy just watching everything going on around me, still eyeing up fabulous outfits and hats. And talking about fabulous outfits….



Here are some more gorgeous dresses from Roman Originals, all perfect for our Royal Ascot day. I think my outfit would make great wedding guest attire and all of the outfits above would too. I’m also leaving here the Instagram accounts to these ladies left to right.

@clubfortyClaire @stripeycoral  @carolembeauty  @Voguishandcalamity




I really liked Lauren’s outfit. This would work for so many looks worn separately too. I’m going to have to get one of those white jackets and I loved the smart jumpsuit.


It was a great day



I'd never been to Royal Ascott before either, so choosing a lovely dress and getting "done up" for the day was exciting. I really loved my outfit and that's what I'm sharing with you this week.


Just giving the chauffeur a call to come get me! I couldn’t resist a picture by this well dressed old London telephone box. I had the most fabulous time at Royal Ascot. The whole experience was lovely. A huge thank you to Roman Originals for a special day out.


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  1. July 30, 2019 / 9:35 am

    You look gorgeous, Laurie! What a beautiful outfit and fascinator. All the other ladies in Roman Originals looked lovely too. Ascot is always such a fun day out, especially Ladies’ Day!

    • laurie
      July 17, 2019 / 11:28 pm

      Hi Rebecca! Thanks so much. And thanks for stopping by xx

  2. July 6, 2019 / 9:56 am

    You are such an elegant, classy and gracious lady, Laurie, and you look very aptly dressed for this beautiful event!! I love the delicate colour and print on your fair looks!! What a great day it would’ve been! Donna 🧚🏻‍♀️🙏❤️

    • laurie
      July 17, 2019 / 11:59 pm

      It was a great day Donna. Another one off the bucket list!xx

    • laurie
      July 18, 2019 / 12:00 am

      Thanks, Clarissa xx

  3. July 5, 2019 / 1:07 pm

    What a stunning outfit Laurie. You look beautiful. What an amazing day too 🙂 Thanks for sharing at The Wednesday Blog Hop 🙂

    • laurie
      July 18, 2019 / 12:02 am

      Thanks Claire xx

  4. July 5, 2019 / 11:16 am

    Great experience! I love all the outfits and yours especially!

    • laurie
      July 18, 2019 / 12:03 am

      Hi Kate! Thanks so much. And thanks for stopping by xx

  5. July 3, 2019 / 4:30 pm

    You look fabulous! I absolutely love Royal Ascot and was sad that I couldn’t attend this year. As you say, any excuse to dress up. Best wishes, Shelley #DreamTeam

    • laurie
      July 4, 2019 / 7:36 am

      Hi Shelley. Thank you. I really enjoyed my day and definitely want to return xx

  6. July 3, 2019 / 2:58 pm

    Such a lovely excuse to dress up for the day. What gorgeous floaty dresses. #Dreamteam

    • laurie
      July 4, 2019 / 7:39 am

      Isn’t it just. If you don’t have anywhere fancy to go, just book a visit to Ascot! I love any excuse to dress up! Thanks, Fiona xx

  7. July 2, 2019 / 11:44 pm

    Laurie….I just found your blog and have to admit, I am totally fascinated with your posts. I couldn’t stop reading (and watching your videos) and finally had to reprimand myself to get busy and finish up my own blog posting.

    Which reminds me, I would like to invite you to link up with us at Celebrate Your Story every Monday at 8
    p.m. Eastern time. There are four of us who host this link party and each week we choose 3 posts and we feature them on each of our blogs…We also post the most clicked on link from last week. You can link up at if you decide you would like your blog to have more exposure.

    I particularly love your straight-forward attitude and you are an amazing model for the clothes you choose.
    It makes me want to go out and purchase that scarf or those shoes.

    AND I love your love for our furry friends. We have a white pom who weighs about 5 pounds. (He is about 12 years old now) We named him Jesse James, as he is the little bandit that stole our hearts.

    • laurie
      July 4, 2019 / 7:40 am

      Hi Kari. Thank you so much for your lovely compliments. I will be popping by on Monday xx

  8. July 2, 2019 / 10:26 pm

    I love the dress and the bolero. It sounds as though you had a great time.

    • laurie
      July 4, 2019 / 7:45 am

      Hi Anne. It was a wonderful day. Really different considering it was my first time. I want to go again now ! Thanks for stopping by xx

  9. July 2, 2019 / 5:44 pm

    How fun you got invited to Royal Ascot! I’m jealous! That dress is so elegant. The fascinator a perfect addition to the outfit. And that bolero jacket is brilliant. It looks great over a maxi length dress. I’ll have to check their site to see how much it would cost to ship it to US. I notice it comes in lots of colors.

    • laurie
      July 4, 2019 / 7:48 am

      Hi Theresa. Yes, they do ship to you. Just click your country into the website.

  10. July 2, 2019 / 5:30 pm

    Stopped by after finding your post on the Blogging Grandmothers link-up. This post is such a treat for this American who only dreams of royal affairs!! Your outfit was perfect in every way. Lovely color palette, ethereal and light. The pleating and soft lines of the dress and Bolero. Your fascinator was the perfect accessory, not over the top, just a complement to the rest of your spot-on look. Have shared on Pinterest and Twitter.

    • laurie
      July 4, 2019 / 7:52 am

      Hi Leslie. Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed the read and I hope you return xx

  11. July 2, 2019 / 3:27 pm

    Saw you on Blogging Grandmothers and had to pop over! You looked fabulous in that dress and the event must have been very exciting for you!! Thanks for sharing.

    • laurie
      July 4, 2019 / 7:54 am

      It was a great day! You can hear how excited I am in the video getting ready. I sound like a little school girl! The dress made my day really special. xx

  12. July 2, 2019 / 12:23 pm

    You look beautiful. I absolutely love the dress. So feminine and stylish. And, I really don’t feel sorry for the women that got turned away — you read the directions and follow them. I remember the same thing happening when we visited the Vatican. I couldn’t believe some of the outfits — or lack of outfits. You looked like you had a great time.

    • laurie
      July 4, 2019 / 8:00 am

      Thanks, Marisa. Sometimes I think the rules make the day a more special. That’s the whole point of Ascot. You have to look dressed up or at least very smart. Glad you love the dress xx

  13. July 1, 2019 / 10:39 pm

    Beautiful dress Laurie, and I love the bolero. You look stunning. The dress code seems rather strict! I don’t think it’s my cup of tea – I have too much of a rebellious streak!

    Emma xxx

    • laurie
      July 4, 2019 / 8:09 am

      Tradition and rules eh? For me, it makes choosing the outfit more special and makes you dress up! xx

  14. July 1, 2019 / 1:22 am

    Beautiful, these events are great opportunities for bloggers and I also had an opportunity to attend the Devon Horse Show to have professional photos taken. Unfortunately, I didn’t like any of the photos so they will never see the light of day – however, you looked gorgeous!

    Happy 4th of July Holiday #TrafficJamWeekendLinkParty

    • laurie
      July 4, 2019 / 8:21 am

      That’s such a shame Antionette. This has happened to me a few times too xx

  15. June 30, 2019 / 1:50 pm

    You look absolutely beautiful in that pastel dress. I love the design, the gentle plaid style looks so good. The bolero cover up fits the dress perfectly and doesn’t take the attention from it. The white fascinator is lovely, not over the top, and matches the dress perfectly. This is such a beautiful and elegant styling, simply perfect for this event. You look stunning! I agree that this outfit would also be worn at a wedding. It’s a great look for sure.

    • laurie
      July 4, 2019 / 8:22 am

      Hi Ivana. Thanks so much for stopping by. I’m glad you like the outfit xx

  16. June 29, 2019 / 11:43 pm

    That dress is absolutely gorgeous – you looked beautiful! What an amazing opportunity, looks like a fantastic day! I’ve only ever been to Windsor races, but Ascot always looks fantastic! Sim x #PoCoLo

    • laurie
      July 18, 2019 / 12:04 am

      Hi Sim. I have Wimbledon on my bucket list now! Thanks for your kind words xx

    • laurie
      July 18, 2019 / 12:04 am

      Hi Karen! xx

  17. June 28, 2019 / 7:57 am

    Beautiful dress and the fascinator looks subtle and pretty! Thanks for joining #WowOnWednesday!

    • laurie
      July 6, 2019 / 7:48 am

      Thanks, Gail xx

  18. June 28, 2019 / 6:39 am

    What a wonderful treat for you ladies! You look so elegant in this long chiffon frock Laurie. I love a maxi dress and this is such a romantic look. I’m not a hat person either but your fascinator works perfectly. Thanks for the feature x

    • laurie
      July 6, 2019 / 7:51 am

      It makes a change for me to be in a long dress Anna! This would be great for your gallery events xx

  19. jodie filogomo
    June 28, 2019 / 5:22 am

    What an amazing time Laurie. How surprising there is such a strict dress code….that wouldn’t happen here I bet! Everything is SO casual (which I don’t always agree with)
    I just LOVE your dress!!

    • laurie
      July 6, 2019 / 7:53 am

      Thanks, Jodie. Funnily enough, the rules made it more fun for me. I felt I had to think a bit harder xx

  20. June 27, 2019 / 5:33 pm

    Wow! What an experience! Just looking at all of the outfits and hats would have been amazing too!

    • laurie
      June 27, 2019 / 11:18 pm

      It was a great day Mireille! xx

  21. June 27, 2019 / 9:24 am

    Laurie, you look absolutely stunning. What a truly beautiful dress. It’s utter perfection on you! How lucky to be invited to attend – I bet it was an amazing day!
    Suzy xx

    • laurie
      June 27, 2019 / 11:19 pm

      Thanks, Suzy. This is why we blog right? I would never have gone otherwise. xx

  22. June 27, 2019 / 12:35 am

    You are so lucky! I’ve always wanted to go to this! Lovely photos too!


    • laurie
      June 27, 2019 / 11:20 pm

      Thanks Katie. If you ever get the chance you must go. It’s worth it just to watch the fashion xx

  23. June 26, 2019 / 10:06 pm

    Super dress, I didn’t see this in store when I bought my recent black and white beauty. Thanks for sharing your lovely day out. Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • laurie
      June 27, 2019 / 11:21 pm

      I’ve seen it in my local one, Jacqui. I understand it’s really popular this one. Maybe sold out there. It’s still available online xx

  24. June 26, 2019 / 6:46 pm

    That is wonderful! Being there and just watching people would have had my preverence too. And how elegant you look! What a beautiful dress that is! What shoes did you wear?

    • laurie
      June 27, 2019 / 11:22 pm

      I wore my old favourites Nancy. High block heels for the grass and super comfortable xx

    • laurie
      June 27, 2019 / 11:23 pm

      Aw, thanks so much, Karen. I love your comments. They always give me a boost! xx

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