The organisers of Ascot are hiring a “fashion police” to enforce their tough new dress code.
Spotting outrageous fashion at Ascot is an annual attraction however this year organisers are aiming to put an end to the trends of shrinking skirts and fascinators.
At Royal Ascot 2012 there will be a tough new dress code which will be imposed by a sort of “fashion police” who have been hired so that no exceptions are made in the Royal Enclosure on Ladies Day.
The fashion police are being named “dress code assistants” and the eagle eyed force will be armed with waistcoats, ties, pashminas and various other items to help any under dressed persons to cover up.
The dress code was first announced back in January however organisers sent out reminders with the badges and tickets. The decision was made to clarify the dress code at the annual event after criticism of standards which, in recent years, have been loosely enforced.
Some of the Ascot “do’s” are as follows;
- Dresses and skirts must fall just above the knee.
- Straps must be at least one inch thick.
- Hat’s must be worn.
- Trouser suits are welcome but must be full length and of matching material and color.
- Fascinators are banned in the Royal Enclosure.
- Midriffs must be covered.
- Shorts are banned.
- Jackets and pashminas may be worn but dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the dress code.
Ladies will be expected to wear skirts or dresses of a “modest length”, falling just above the knee or longer – clarifying guidance which stated that miniskirts are “considered unsuitable”.
Gentleman will be expected to wear black or grey morning dress with a waistcoat and a tie, which are now compulsory in the area of the course. Cravats will not be allowed. A black or grey top hat and black shoes are also now compulsory.
Thousands of visitors who also flock to the less formal grandstand enclosure must also adhere to strict new guidelines however fascinators will be allowed – head wear is compulsory for women. Strapless, sheer strap tops and dresses will be banned. Men are required to wear a suit and tie. The much less formal Silver Ring is not affected by any of the changes.