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    Shopping | 21st February 2017


    What to Wear to Ascot Racing


    Choosing what to wear is hard at the best of time, never mind one of the most highly anticipated sporting and fashion events of the year. Royal Ascot, a prestigious event in anyone’s social calendar, takes place from 19th – 23rd June 2012, and this year the organisers have upped the ante by releasing a clarification of dress codes for the event. However, rest assured they ‘want to see modern and stylish dress as Royal Ascot, just within the parameters of formal wear’.


    Poised have scoured the list of the rules to ensure you’re in no doubt of what’s in and what’s definitely out:


    1. “Dresses and skirts should be of modest length defined as falling just above the knee or longer”. Take note: you may have the legs of Naomi Campbell, but miniskirts are out.
    2. “Hats should be worn; a headpiece which has a base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is an acceptable alternative”. Fascinators are no longer permitted, sigh.
    3. “Strapless or sheer strap dresses and tops are not permitted”. This includes halter necks, spaghetti straps and straps of less than one inch (2.5cm).
    4. Jackets and pashminas may be worn – which, given our dependably changeable British weather, is probably for the best! But make sure dresses and tops still comply with the dress code.
    5. Trouser suits are welcome, must be full length and comprise of matching material/colours, and adhere to those all-important strap guidelines.
    6. And, just to confirm, midriffs must be covered.


    For gentlemen:

    • If you’re in the Royal Enclosure, you must wear “either black or grey morning dress, including a waistcoat and tie (no cravats), a black or grey top hat (which you cannot customise) and black shoes”. Any woman’s Mr Darcy fantasies will definitely be realised.
    • You may remove your top hat within a restaurant, private box, private club or the terrace, balcony or garden, or any enclosed seating area.
    • Men in the Grandstand Enclosure are “required to wear a suit and tie”.

    Children are asked to dress smartly, but will be pleased to note that they are not required to wear hats, jackets or ties. And finally, overseas visitors may wear the formal national dress of their country. But remember: if you’d rather not stress too much over to details, then Poised will be happy to do it for you!

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