Royal Ascot Dress Code

Ascot to turn away women for wearing short skirts 


Women face being turned away from the Royal Enclosure during Royal Ascot if their skirts are too short or if their dresses have straps less than an inch wide.

Visitors who display their midriff or wear off-the-shoulder tops or halter necks will also be ejected on the orders of the Queen's representative, the Duke of Devonshire.

The duke, the chairman of the course, has clarified the strict dress code for next week's event in guidance sent to all 80,000 Royal Enclosure badge holders.

The code dictates that only "formal day dress" is acceptable and that ladies must wear hats or "substantial fascinators" - Ascot's terminology for feathered adornments.

Mini-skirts are considered "unsuitable", midriffs "must be covered" and trouser suits are acceptable but only if they are "full length and of matching material and colour".

In a humorous "A to Z of Do's and Don'ts, women are also advised to keep their underwear under wraps during the five-day meeting starting on Tuesday.

"Knickers," it says. "A definite yes, but not on show please ladies."

The same guide warns that streaky tan lines are "a total fashion faux pas", and that how a hat looks "from the neck up is the most important and can make or break an outfit".

Men are also expected to adhere to the code, which means they must wear either black or grey morning dress, including "a waistcoat, with a top hat, which must be worn at all times in the Royal Enclosure".

The dress code for the Royal Enclosure has been tightened in recent years following complaints that standards are slipping.

The singer Rod Stewart was barred from the Royal Enclosure six years ago because he did not have a pass and was not wearing a top hat.

Charles Barnett, the chief executive of Ascot, said: "Royal Ascot is a place where new fashions are showcased and, therefore, things have to move on. However, the Royal Meeting remains a place for formal daywear.

"Last year we wrote into the conditions that midriffs must be covered in the Royal Enclosure, and in the 1990s we specified that trouser suits were acceptable for ladies, so the amendment to the dress code wording this year is far from without precedent."

He added: "The new wording has been met with pretty much universal support from Royal Enclosure patrons. They and we know how important it is to protect the integrity of the Royal Enclosure dress code and all the traditions that make Royal Ascot unique, going forward."

Nick Smith, an Ascot spokesman, said the strict dress code was greatly appreciated by visitors to the Royal Enclosure.

"People come to dress up and they expect people to do the same," he said. "It's all a question of balance. If someone is judged to be dressed inappropriately they will be politely asked to leave."

Source: The Telegraph



Nacho mentioned in class today about the strict dress-code at Royal Ascot this year. Read all about this most English of traditions here and look at the pictures and watch the video (click on the main title "Royal Ascot Dress Code").


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