THE RACES

HAT THAT BEFITS A FORMAL OCCASION

What you wear to The Dubai World Cup, Ascot and other races throughout the year is as important as what you win at these world-famous race meets.  These key social events being the richest horse race in the world and Ascot in the British sporting calendar is not only a show-ground for some of the most brilliant racehorses in the world but also a fashion parade for racegoers.

These events demand race dresses whatever type of ticket you may have purchased be warned that dress codes must be strictly adhered to. The racecourse does have a right to refuse entry if people are not suitably attired.

So – what should you wear? As usual, for men, it’s easy. A smart suit and tie is the norm but top hat and tails (black or grey morning dress) is required if you’re in the Royal Enclosure.

For ladies – it’s a whole different matter. For guests entering the Royal Enclosure – there’s rules as to how much flesh is exposed. Not a bad thing as the flat landscape of both Meydan and Ascot often allows a chilly wind to whip up across the course.

Bear in mind that dresses that are off-the-shoulder, halter-neck or have spaghetti straps or straps thinner than one inch are not considered suitable. Miniskirts are also frowned on as is exposing your midriff! Shorts are a definite no-no.

The answer is a formal outfit – dress and bolero jacket ideally.  It is advisable to go to a special occasion boutique to find such outfits. If you buy from the high street, you run the risk of seeing lots of other women in the same dress as you. Nightmare!

If you’re not in the Royal Enclosure, dress codes still apply. Smart day-wear is a must for the Queen Anne Enclosure and the Windosr Enclosure with the advice to “dress in a manner that befits a formal occasion” and don a hat or fascinator at all times. Overseas visitors are welcome to wear the formal national dress of their country or service dress but fancy dress is not allowed during Royal Ascot week.

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