Long gone are the days where ladies can get away with clubbing attire for the Royal Ascot as new rules ban skirts that fall above the knee.
The new rules reasserts what “constitutes appropriate attire for this formal occasion”, stating that skirts must be longer and the only acceptable headpieces are those with a base of 4 inches or more in diameter. The move is set regain some of the class the event has lost in modern years with changes in formal fashion.
Men are also being given new guidelines and are asked to wear only black or grey morning dress, which must include a waistcoat and tie, a black or grey top hat and black shoes, but cravats are not allowed.
Slightly different rules apply in the grandstand closure, where women are allowed to wear fascinators, but must have covered shoulders, and men have to wear a suit and tie.
We’re pleased that this year’s Royal Ascot is going to look very different to the last.