Ladies Days at the races in the UK is an institution. Whilst so many people around the world struggle make ends meet, or even eat each day, vast sums of money are spent on Ladies Day preparations. Ah only in the UK!
In the past Ladies Day at Royal Ascot was just that. A day when upper crust females strutted their stuff. In recent years the gates have been open to a wider section of society. That's all to the good. However things have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Big, fancy hats are worn by women who would never dream of wearing any type of hat for other occasions. Strappy dresses and strappy shoes are viewed as essential parts of an Ascot wardrobe whether it is sun or snow on the day.
The problem is that standards have been slipping. The event as far as those "in the know" are concerned has hit rock bottom. The dressing up has gone just that bit too far. Tacky is now the name of the game at Ascot.
Quick, send for the fashion police.
Dress restrictions have been in place for a few years now. On the whole these have been ignored. However it all depends on what sort of ticket you have. Entrance to the Royal enclosure demands strict adherence to the established dress code. In 2012 stewards will make sure that the fashion rules are obeyed.
Royal Ascot 2012 will run from Tuesday June 19 to Saturday June 23, inclusive. Fascinators those hugely popular forms of head wear, so often sported these days, have now been banned from Royal Ascot. As the Duchess of Cambridge often wears a fascinator this could prove interesting to royal watchers.
Stewards are set to enforce the rules this year. Pashminas and suitable head wear will be supplied. Agree to cover up or face exclusion from the Royal enclosure.
Check out what not to wear here
Opinion: Wouldn't it be fun if the Queen or another leading Royal broke the rules. If she turned up in a mini skirt wearing a tacky fascinator on top of a punk hair do. We wonder if she would be turned away,
Those who will be attending Royal Ascot 2012 bear in mind the weather is set to be atrocious.
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