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Royal Ascot dress code.

By Alex Churton on Jun 15 2013

Dear race-goers take heed! Last year Ascot’s dress code got strict and an army of purple-clad fashion police were hired to look out for rebellious race-goers. This year they will be back out in force to make sure you adhere to the strict guidelines on what to wear.

So you don’t fall foul we have compiled a list of do’s and dont’s.

The Do's

  • Dresses and skirts should be kneelength or longer.
  • Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch or more.
  • Jackets and pashminas may be worn but dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Royal Enclosure dress code.
  • Trouser suits should be full length and of matching fabric and colour.
  • Hats should be worn or alternatively a headpiece which has a base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter. They must remain on your head at ALL times.

The Don'ts

  • Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck, spaghetti straps and dresses with a strap of less than one inch (2.5cm) are not permitted.
  • Bare midriffs are a no no.
  • 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).
  • Fancy dress, novelty and branded or promotional clothing are not allowed. So leave your onesie at home, people.

Watch this handy and stylish video guide to the strict dress code.

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