Non-race goers might look to the Royal Ascot as a source of annual sartorial entertainment, however the dress code is more complex than simply 'oversized headwear'. To prevent any fashion faux pas' from occurring, the organisers at Royal Ascot have created a handy - and chic - video to advise racegoers on putting together an Ascot-appropriate look.
Beware though, those who go off-track with the strict guidelines will not be allowed entry to the Royal Enclosure. Ascot is not like the Grammys were one can defy the dresscode and still gain entry .
See the comprehensive list of guidelines below:
Ladies are kindly reminded that formal day wear is a requirement in the Royal Enclosure, defined as follows:
• Dresses and skirts should be of modest length defined as falling just above the knee or longer.
• Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch or greater.
• Jackets and pashminas may be worn but dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Royal Enclosure dress code.
• Trouser suits are welcome. They should be of full length and of matching material and colour.
• Hats should be worn; a headpiece which has a base of
4 inches (10cm) or more in
diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat.
Ladies are kindly asked to note the following:
• Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck, spaghetti straps and dresses with a strap of less than one inch (2.5cm) are not permitted.
• Midriffs must be covered.
• Fascinators are no longer permitted in the Royal Enclosure; neither are headpieces which do not have a base covering a sufficient area of the head (4 inches/10cm).
Gentlemen are kindly reminded that it is a requirement to wear either black or grey morning dress which must include:
• A waistcoat and tie (no cravats)
• A black or grey top hat
• Black shoes.
A gentleman may remove his top hat within a restaurant, a private box, a private club or that facility's terrace, balcony or garden. Hats may also be removed within any enclosed external seating area within the Royal Enclosure Garden.
The customisation of top hats (with, for example, coloured ribbons or bands) is not permitted in the Royal Enclosure.
(Admitted on Friday and Saturday only)
Girls (aged 10-16) should be dressed for a formal occasion. Smart summer dresses are suggested. Hats, headpieces or a fascinator may be worn but are not compulsory.
Boys (aged 10-16) should either dress in accordance with the gentlemen's dress code (as set out opposite); or alternatively may wear a dark-coloured lounge suit with a shirt and tie (whereupon no hat is required).
Ladies within the main Grandstand enclosure are encouraged to dress in a manner as befits a formal occasion. Ladies are kindly asked to take particular note of the following:
• A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times.
• Strapless or sheer strap dresses and tops are not permitted.
• Trousers must be full length and worn with a top that adheres to the guidelines above (i.e. strapless or sheer strap tops are not permitted).
• Jackets and pashminas may be worn but dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Grandstand Admission dress code.
• Midriffs must be covered.
• Shorts are not permitted.
Gentlemen are required to wear a suit with a shirt and tie.
Girls (17 or under) should be dressed for a formal occasion. Smart summer dresses are suggested. Hats, headpieces or a fascinator may be worn but are not compulsory.
Boys aged (13-17) should wear a suit or jacket with a shirt and a tie. Younger boys (12 or under) should be dressed smartly but are not required to wear a jacket or tie.
A final note
Fancy dress, novelty and branded/promotional clothing are not allowed on site.
Tickets are on sale now for Royal Ascot 18- 22nd June www.ascot.co.uk
In The Telegraph / http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/videos/TMG9952680/Royal-Ascot-2013-dress-code.html
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