Dress code crackdown for Ascot
ROYAL Ascot racegoers will have to meet strict style criteria when they dress for this year’s meeting, but help will be on hand from a team of specially trained “dress code assistants”.
Organisers have raised the bar in the fashion stakes by introducing new rules about attire, including imposing a ban on fascinators in the royal enclosure.
Around 300,000 people will flock to Berkshire for the annual horse racing event, which starts on Tuesday, and there is a chance they will not all be up to scratch, so a team of eagle-eyed helpers will be on hand to whip them into shape. A selection of waistcoats, ties, pashminas and other items will be available at the turnstiles for those who need them.
The new code was announced in January and organisers sent out reminders with badges and tickets.
The decision to tighten and clarify the dress code at the annual summer event comes amid criticism of sartorial standards which have been more loosely enforced in recent years.
Thousands of visitors who flock to the less formal grandstand enclosure during the week-long meet will also be obliged to adhere to strict new guidelines.
In the royal enclosure, fascinators – which are often favoured by the Duchess of Cambridge – are no longer deemed acceptable. Women will also be expected to wear skirts or dresses of “modest length” which fall just above the knee or longer.
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