No more cravats, fascinators or miniskirts: Ascot sends racegoers strict new dress code complete with style guides



01:23 GMT, 12 April 2012

While racegoers attending Ascot have always had to adhere to a strict dress code, standards appear to have slipped over the years.

In an attempt to reinforce the rules, organisers have sent 100,000 style guides to help attendees dress correctly for the occasion.

The booklets – one for Grandstand ticket holders and another for those attending the Royal Enclosure – contain tips on what to wear for men, women, children and even military personnel.


What to wear to the Grandstand at Ascot: Left, White suit jacket and trousers by Ted Baker, blue and white striped shirt by Topman, pink tie by Reiss and paisley smoking slippers, Jimmy Choo. Right: Peach pleated sleeveless blouse by Gerard Darel, beige and salmon pleated skirt by Reiss, cream and gold glitter fascinator by Jane Taylor, , cream shoes with black toe and heel detail by Ursula Mascaro




LEFT: Turquoise leopard print blouse by Gerard Darel, fluorescent pink pleated hem skirt by Nanette Lepore, yellow leather strap sandals by Jimmy Choo, green and cream printed ‘bunny ears’ headband by Piers Atkinson, green tassel bag by Blank

CENTRE: White oversized floral cutwork dress by Whistles, rose gold metallic sling back heels by Russell & Bromley, white floral corsage and netting fascinator by Nerida Fraiman at John Lewis, gold cuff with pink stone by Jody Candrian

RIGHT: Black peplum top by H&M, yellow oversized lace skirt by Karen Millen, yellow sling back stiletto heels by Ursula Mascaro, purple fascinator with yellow and black feather by Piers Atkinson, black leather mini double zip bag by Emporio Armani

Each one also includes a photoshoot featuring models wearing several designer outfits as an example. Out
go micro-skirts, spaghetti straps and fascinator hats in the Royal Enclosure.

are told that belly-buttons must be covered up and, in case there is
any confusion in the minds of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie over their
beloved fascinators (banned in the royal enclosure but permitted in the
grandstand), Ascot has produced photographs of models wearing what is
‘U’ and ‘non-U’.

For the royal enclosure, headgear
must have a base covering ‘a sufficient area of the head (4in or 10cm)’.

Dresses and tops must have straps of ‘one inch or greater’ and
‘strapless, off-the-shoulder, halter-neck, spaghetti straps and dresses
with a strap of less than one inch (2.5 cm) are not permitted’.


What to wear in the Royal Enclosure: Pale blue long sleeve chiffon dress with white lace overlay by Luisa Beccaria, nude high heels by Christian Louboutin and cream net hat by Stephen Jones




LEFT: Light blue pleated dress with built in gloves by Nicholas Oakwell, hat by Stephen Jones and pale blue and white sandals with ankle strap by Bally

CENTRE: Hot pink suit by Whistles, fuchsia satin heels by Gina, straw and pink wide brim hat by Noel Stewart

RIGHT: Cream lace and navy blue pleated dress by Jaeger, white and navy polka dot wedge shoes by Gina, navy blue tulle layered wide brim hat by Miss Jones by Stephen Jones

Explaining the recent amendments, Nick Smith, a spokesperson from Ascot said: 'We decided to bring in these style
guides to clarify the spirit of the dress code and make it easier for
customers, especially in the Grandstand, to understand what is expected.

'The dress code at Ascot is very popular – the clarifications and to an
extent changes – are a reaction to what our customers have told us they
want – differentiation between Royal Ascot and other race meetings.

'Clarity is what people really want and the style guides, we hope, deliver this in a vibrant and current way.'


Ascot in Berkshire runs from Tuesday the 19th to Saturday 23rd of June this year



Dresses and skirts should be of modest length defined as falling just above the knee or longer
Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch or greater
Jackets and pashminas may be worn but dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Royal Enclosure dress code
Trouser suits are welcome. They should be of full length and of matching material and colour
Hats should be worn; a headpiece which has a base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat
Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck, spaghetti straps and dresses with a strap of less than one inch (2.5cm) are not permitted
Midriffs must be covered
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)


A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times
Strapless or sheer strap dresses and tops are not permitted
Trousers must be full length and worn with a top that adheres to the guidelines above (i.e. strapless or sheer strap tops are not permitted)
Jackets and pashminas may be worn but dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Grandstand Admission dress code
Midriffs must be covered
Shorts are not permitted