The fascinators my boyfriend definitely hates

I’m off to Royal Ascot on Saturday for the first time with my lovely friend Ruby and her family. I’ve been to the races before (my mate is a jockey), but we know this is another level! Although I’ve had months to prepare, I have obviously left full outfit planning to the last minute and so this weekend had a mad online shopping panic.

We’re in the Royal Enclosure (I know, get me) and as such, the dress code is very formal. As much as I love wearing jeans and trainers to work, I’m pretty excited to be getting dressed up! One of the things I hadn’t properly considered was that I need some decent headgear. And by decent, I mean a headpiece with ‘a solid base covering a sufficient area of the head (4 inches/10cm)’ if I’m to get let into the enclosure (and for Ruby to still be friends with me).

Whilst browsing for said headpiece I chuckled to myself, as I’ve inadvertently stumbled across an item which my boyfriend will hate, whichever colour/style/size I choose. Here are my top picks!


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‘Why are they not straight?!’ Monsoon, £49; Monsoon, £49; ASOS, £55


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‘That’s definitely inside out’ John Lewis, £90; John Lewis, £125; Accessorize, £35


Ok, bear with me on these ones. I couldn’t resist including because they are, quite frankly, ridiculous (with a price tag to match).

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‘Birds nest, antelope, mop’. All Phillip Treacy at Harrods; £2250£2250; £1950 – bargain! 

Which sort of headpiece would you wear to Ascot?! I’m still dithering, but will update you all next week!

Olivia x

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