Friday, 15 June 2012

New Dress Code Takes Effect Next Week

Special Team of Dress Code Assistants on Hand to Help Racegoers
Ascot, UK, Friday June 15, 2012: Approximately 300,000 horse racing and fashion fans will
attend the five-day Royal Meeting which starts on Tuesday (June 19th). The event – one of
the most prestigious race meetings in the world – sees the introduction of a new dress code for racegoers visiting the Royal Enclosure and the Grandstand Admission area.
In order to ensure that this is implemented as smoothly as possible, a specially trained team of dress code assistants will be on hand outside the course to assist racegoers who may have any issues with their attire. A selection of waistcoats, ties, pashminas and other items will be available at the turnstiles for those who need them.
Attire by Hobbs and Hats by Ilda Di Vico
The new dress code was first announced in January and reminders were sent out with
badges and tickets.
Style Guides have also been distributed and can be seen online at:
  • For ladies in the Royal Enclosure, dresses and skirts should be of modest length defined as falling just above the knee or longer.
  • In the Royal Enclosure, 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.
  • For gentlemen in the Royal Enclosure, it is a requirement to wear either black or grey morning dress, which must include a waistcoat and tie (no cravats), a black or grey top hat and black shoes.
  • In Grandstand Admission, a hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn by ladies at all times. Strapless or sheer strap dresses and tops are not permitted. Gentlemen are required to wear a suit and tie.
Charles Barnett, Ascot Chief Executive said:

“Ascot is Europe’s flagship race meeting and one of the world’s greatest sporting and social events. We have tried to provide an appropriate dress code that is clear, workable and in line with the wishes of racegoers. Over the last few months, a huge amount of planning has gone in to making sure that the implementation of the new code goes as smoothly as possible. During the meeting itself, our team of special dress code assistants will help people with any queries that they may have.”


  1. Iam delighted to see the dress code has continued to maintain the highest standards safeguarding the image of the most prestigious horse racing meeting in Britian well done to all concerned .

  2. What a load of rubbish- telling people what to wear. There is no sport in the world where u have to be told what to wear only Ascot......

  3. Is a one strap dress ok for Grandstand admission?

  4. I've got to admit, I'm a fan of the new dress code, it's a formal event so people should dress formal. There are ways to look stylish and classy at the same time.


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