Royal Ascot changes the dress code for 2012

by Olivia Pinnock
One of the most important events on the summer social calendar, Royal Ascot, has released new dress code guidelines.

In a bid to provide more clarity on what is and is not acceptable, the new code includes rules such as: “a headpiece which has a base of 4 inches or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat” in the Royal Enclosure and cravats are not acceptable for men, only ties.

Replacing the guideline that “miniskirts are considered unsuitable” is now a more specific rule that a skirt that falls just above the knee or longer is the accepted length.

The new dress code for the slightly less formal Grandstand Enclosure states that while fascinators are acceptable here, they must be worn at all times and strapless tops are not permitted.

Vogue.Com Editor, Dolly Jones, offered her thoughts on the new rules, saying that the new coding would raise the bar even higher for those looking to have their outfit snapped by the press.

Charles Barnett, Chief Executive of Ascot, said: “We have worked extensively with experts in the world of fashion to define better what formal dress means, with the overarching intention of being as helpful as possible to our visitors and assisting everyone in understanding what is expected and, we believe, cherished about the dress code at Royal Ascot.”

The event attended by the Royal family, celebrities and socialites wearing hats by top milliners such as Stephen Jones will take place from 19 to 23 June.

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