Royal Ascot: Knickers are in, fake tans are out


Royal Ascot starts this Tuesday and if you thought you were sorted with your natty strapless Karen Millen dress and gladiator heels you might need to have a re-think. The bods-in-charge at Ascot have sent out sartorial guidelines to all race-goers reminding them of the dress code and laid back it ain’t. In the royal enclosure, skirts must not be more than two inches above the knee and straps must not be less than an inch wide. Is anyone else envisaging a bevvy of fashion police tooled up with measuring tapes, sternly ticking off those who flout the rules like an army of particularly strict headmistresses?

Alongside the ‘no short skirts and no thin straps’ rule are other no-nos such as strapless, halterneck and off-the-shoulder necklines. Even bare legs are frowned upon which effectively means no open-toe sandals unless you particularly favour the sight of a nylon toe-gusset on show. This is only in the VIP enclosure though. However in the riff-raff area there are other stipulations. Women must wear knickers, “but not on show, please ladies!” quip the guidelines, while streaky fake tans are “a total faux pas, and there’s no excuse.” Of course, the papers are having a field day with their ‘Ascot chucks out the chavs‘ headlines (Daily Mail) but really, aren’t these matters of common decency? These directives are no more severe than wedding-guest guidelines and quite frankly, I’m not arguing with the no naff fake-tan streaks rule. In fact, I suggest they go even further. I would also add ‘no flammable fabrics’ (purely for safety reasons you understand), ‘no chiffon skirts with pointy court shoes’ (pet hate) and ‘no novelty hats’ (no explanation required) to the list.

Pic: Daily Mail

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10 Responses to Royal Ascot: Knickers are in, fake tans are out

  1. annabananna says:

    damn it, guess i can’t wear my leopard print mini skirt and bikini top then.

  2. miss cavendish says:

    No bare legs? How dreadful! I wear tights only on the coldest days of winter–they’re unbearable . . .

  3. WendyB says:

    I’d want to slap anyone who was measuring my straps.

  4. style slicker says:

    Would love to go there for styling scouting but time wise I’m not available.

    Damn about the dresscode it’s the 21st century why dress the traditions? It’s a fashion show there, why not showcasing your personal style!!!!!???? If I’d go there I’d wear a bright coloured opaque tights, a customised tutu, off the shoulder top, a tux, and a massive feather hat.

  5. Make Do & Mend says:

    Ah just love a bit of British morality on dressing – we need more of it!

  6. Make Do & Mend says:

    Ah just love a bit of British morality on dressing – we need more of it!

  7. Make Do & Mend says:

    Ah just love a bit of British morality on dressing – we need more of it!

  8. Make Do & Mend says:

    Ah just love a bit of British morality on dressing – we need more of it!

  9. Rowena says:

    (Ho ho) Beautiful….

  10. Sal says:

    HA! I agree that many of these mandates simply outline common decency … they’re guidelines that shouldn’t even need to be vocalized. But a few definitely cross the line into lunacy. Shunning anyone with a crap fake tan? That is HARSH. And I’m with Miss Cavendish: nylons and tights are for December, not June.

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