From tattoos to bare shoulders, here’s how to adhere to Royal Ascot’s strict dress code

Royal Ascot 2019 - Day 3 - Village Enclosure

It’s an event where people dress to impress (Picture: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)

Royal Ascot (which takes place this year from Tuesday June 18 to Saturday June 22) is a bastion of British tradition and elegance, and invites attendees to indulge in a day of horse racing and high fashion. 

However, amidst the glamour lies a strict dress code that every guest must navigate. From the formal Royal Enclosure to the more relaxed Windsor Enclosure, understanding the rules is paramount. 

Recent years have seen a shift in attitudes, prompting various questions on the dress code: Are tattoos permitted? Can shoulders be bare?

All of the rules can get quite confusing, but have no fear, as we’ve got you covered. 

So, whether you’re suiting up in a morning coat or slipping into a chic dress, rest assured your attire will exude the sophistication this prestigious event demands.

How strict is the Royal Ascot dress code?

The Royal Ascot dress code is renowned for its strict adherence to tradition and elegance, particularly within the Royal Enclosure.

While the Village and Windsor Enclosures offer a slightly more relaxed atmosphere, all attendees are expected to uphold a certain level of propriety, and you will be turned away if you don’t meet expectations.

Men in the Royal Enclosure must wear morning suits and top hats (Picture: John Phillips/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)

What items are prohibited at Ascot?

Ascot’s dress code outlines several items that are prohibited across the Royal, Queen Anne and Village enclosures. A general rule of thumb is that the more exclusive the enclosure, the stricter they are with prohibited items of clothing.

The Windsor Enclosure is almost exempt from prohibited items, as on the Royal Ascot’s website, it cites ‘no official dress code,’ however, they add that ‘guests are encouraged to dress in smart daywear’. 

We will break down the extensive rules per Enclosure further in the article, but the general prohibited items across the Royal, Queen Anne and Village Enclosures include:

Strapless, off-the-shoulder or sheer tops and dresses: Attire that exposes too much skin, such as strapless, bardot or sheer tops and dresses, are deemed inappropriate for the occasion.

Midriff-baring outfits: Outfits that reveal the midriff are not permitted, as they do not align with the event’s standards of modesty and elegance.

Shorts, leggings or trainers: Regardless of gender, these are considered unsuitable for the Royal Ascot, as they are deemed too casual.

Novelty patterns and fabrics, and any novelty fancy dress: Any clothes or accessories including, for example; slogans, phrases, promotional messaging, brand logos or cartoon imagery are prohibited.

The Village Enclosure is the most lax in terms of restrictions (Picture: In Pictures via Getty Images)

What are the rules for ladies at Ascot?

The Royal Ascot’s women’s dress code is steeped in tradition, and there are a few key rules to follow. It’s important to note that each enclosure has its specific dress code, which we have detailed further down, but as a general rule, women should follow:

Modest dress length: Dresses or skirts should be of modest length, falling …read more

Source:: Metro


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