Royal Ascot starts today and for once decent weather is forecast for the entire week! As usual James Sherwood will be there with his camera spying the best (and worst) outfits. James has just written a book called Fashion at Royal Ascot, featuring photographs from the last 300 years at the races.
Here is Vogue model Fiona Campbell-Walter at Royal Ascot in 1953 in a beautiful saucer hat:
One of the most outrageous fashion icons in the racing world was Mrs Gertrude Shilling, aka the 'Ascot Mascot', seen here in 1969:
Here's Queenie and her gang in 1974, wearing a Launer handbag - still her favourite in 2011 - and a turban.
Martha Sitwell is a 21st century beauty who wears exquisite vintage pieces to the races:
We've picked out three outfits from our boutique that are perfect for Royal Ascot. Our first choice is a stunning 1960s silk houndstooth dress with matching jacket. See more photos here.
Our next choice is a shantung silk early 1960s dress with chiffon daisy detail on the hem.
This ultra-chic navy and cream organza dress would look sensational at the races:
To view our full collection of dresses please click here. We are able to deliver on the same day if you live in central London. If you need more inspiration here is some footage of James's show from Ascot a couple of years ago: