What not to wear at Royal Ascot in 2012By Becky Barnes
April 24, 2012
All eyes were on the ladies’ over-the-top outfits at Aintree, but race-goers at Royal Ascot are warned more formal attire is expected.
Fascinators, cravats and short skirts are forbidden from the Royal Enclosure at the meet in June.
Where hats were once worn by choice, they are now compulsory.
Ticketholders were sent a reminder last week about this year’s stringent dress code rules, which specify the required attire for the Royal Enclosure and the grandstand.
The new guidelines follow the controversial use of orange stickers at a race day in January, which were attached to the lapels of ticket holders who did not dress suitably.
Charles Barnett, chief executive at Ascot, said: “We have worked extensively with experts in the world of fashion to define better what formal dress means.
“Our intention is being as helpful as possible to our visitors and assisting everyone in understanding what is expected and, we believe, cherished about the dress code at Royal Ascot.
“It isn’t a question of elitism and not being modern in a world where there is less and less requirement to dress smartly – far from it.
“We want to see modern and stylish dress at Royal Ascot, just within the parameters of formal wear, and the feedback we have received from our customers overwhelmingly supports that.”
Previous guidance said ladies in the grandstand were required to dress in an appropriate manner for a smart occasion. To clarify this, the 2012 leaflet vetoes strapless or see-through tops and dresses.
The gents were sent a reminder that black or grey morning dress is compulsory in the Royal Enclosure. Cravats will be unacceptable and black shoes a must-have.
Where a suit jacket was said to be preferable in the grandstand in last year’s dress code, a full suit will now be mandatory.
The full dress code was accompanied by photos giving examples of acceptable outfits.