1 - The Dress
Buying your dress first can be a good plan if you leave enough to to shop for hats after. When trying things on, make sure you're in the same underwear as you'll be wearing on the big day. Spanx and a pushup? Wear it. You might feel ridiculous on the high street, but you'll get the perfect fit when buying your dress.
2 - The Hat
The hat is the crowning glory of any Ascot event, and should be your own signature style. Milliners like Sahar create bespoke pieces every day, but can also be commissioned to make something just for you.
Alternatively, book a Hat Making Class and leave with a unique, ready to wear creation and a new skill set!
3 - The Accessories
Whether you're buying or renting, accessories are key to any look. Make sure you see yourself wearing your whole outfit in artificial, natural and photographic lighting wearing them. You could look amazing indoors, and end up looking like a stripper in natural light.
4 - The Shoes
Ascot is a marathon, not a sprint. Wear shoes accordingly.
If you're spending the majority of your day in a field, it's best if you wear a patent or coated heel that won't absorb the moisture too easily. Darker colours or patterned is also a good idea (think mud stains) and grass), and maybe consider foregoing a stiletto.
5 - The Makeup
Sun, rain, wind, excitement, alcohol. Even top models are going to look slightly bedraggled after a few hours of Ascot fun, so why not consider having your makeup done professionally, and sealed with a fixative. Look flawless all day with minimal touch ups.