Fashion Or Fiasco At This Year’s Royal Ascot

The Royal Ascot has always been as much about the fashion as about the horse racing and in keeping with tradition, exquisite hats, waistcoats and ties where all out on display at this year’s Royal Ascot. The race is one of the highlights of the social calendar and saw an amazing collection of high society members, fun seekers, horse racing enthusiasts and royal watchers in attendance.

Dating back over 300 years, steeped in tradition, pageantry and heritage the Royal Ascot truly is the place to see and be seen!

Going To The Races

Horse racing has always been about “dressing up for the races” however this year organisers kept a firm eye on tradition and capped fascinators by passing stringent rules on attire worn by race-goers this year.

Strapless, halter-neck, spaghetti straps and off-the-shoulder dresses are no longer permitted for lady race-goers lucky enough to have tickets for the Royal Enclosure. Dress code assistants also ensured that ladies skirts were of “modest length” and were on standby handing out pashminas, waistcoats and ties to race-goers who were not up to scratch with regards to the new dress code rules put in place.

No horsing around at this year's Royal Ascot...

Royal Ascot Fashion

Even the men had their fair share of rules this year and were scrutinised ensuring that they too wore only black or grey morning dress with a waistcoat and tie which is now compulsory in the royal enclosure with cravats strictly prohibited. A black or grey top hat and black shoes must now also be worn.

What else could one expect from arguably the most prestigious event in the British social calendar?

Dress Your Own Way

A huge amount of planning has gone into the implementation of the new Royal Ascot dress code with inspiration coming from the glamour of 1950's Dior haute couture. Writer Sarah Harris from was quoted as saying "I think a clarification of the dress code will raise the bar even higher."

We sometimes forget that fitting in with Royalty and high society can come with its own set of rules and guidelines. Sure, it would be exciting to attend such glamorous functions but do you really need someone wrapping a tie around your neck because your outfit isn’t up to scratch? Why not make your OWN rules and create your OWN dress code?

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