ROYAL ASCOT DRESS CODE: NO FLAT SHOES PLEASE, SMART CASUAL ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH

Following the rather bizarre shoe ruling at the Cannes film festival this year, where flat shoes were banned, its smart casual isn’t good enough anymore?

Ascot, for not wearing high heels or sporting casual clothing? Well, if we check the Ascot dress code, we find that: Ladies should dress as for a smart occasion and Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket with a collared shirt and tie. Trainers are not allowed.

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If you’re not heading to the event and you don’t fancy to follow Ascot’s strict dress code guidelines, you can follow the emotions of the five days of world class racing, from your computer or smartphone via Prince of Wales’s Stakes Day betting online with William Hill.

Ascot Racecourse

But if you re going, be aware of the fashion police patrolling the racecourse. The only thing to do is to get some style tips checking 2015 The Royal Ascot Style Guide, which is designed to help race-goers dress appropriately for the highly anticipated iconic British summer-time event.

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Here’re some general guidelines for the Ladies:

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.
Midriffs must be covered.
Shorts are not permitted

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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; however a headpiece which has a base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat.
Fascinators are not permitted; neither are headpieces which do not have a base covering a sufficient area of the head (4 inches/10cm)

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Gentlemen are reminded that 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
Black shoes

A gentleman may remove his top hat within a restaurant, a private box, a private club or that facility’s terrace, balcony or garden. Hats may also be removed within any enclosed external seating area within the Royal Enclosure Garden…

Royal Ascot will be held from the 16th – 20th June 2015.

Find out more about Royal Ascot HERE