Dress code gets tougher at Royal Ascot
Ah... yes, it's that time of year again when we frock up and rock up to London's famous Royal Ascot race meeting. Kicking off tomorrow, this year's meet faces an even stricter dress code inside the Royal Enclosure, where the Queen and co. sits.
In an attempt to rid the event of thigh-skimming hems and flesh-baring attire, the Queen's royal representative at Ascot has issued an request to enforce a tougher code on racegoer's dress. Anyone who does not abide by these rules will be asked to leave the area. You have been warned! Read on for more details...
The request asks that women with passes to the Royal Enclosure should wear "only formal day dress with a hat or substantial fascinator [headdress] will be acceptable," they should avoid garments that are "off the shoulder, halter neck, [with] spaghetti straps and dresses with a strap of less than one inch."
The request comes after concerns were expressed over extravagant and revealing attire worn by many to attract the attentions of the tabloid paparazzi.
"Royal Ascot is a place where new fashions are showcased...however, the Royal Meeting remains a place for formal daywear," said Charles Barnett, chief executive of Ascot. "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."
To read an updated version of what to wear and what not to wear visit: http://www.ascot.co.uk/royal/royal_admdre.html