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Stylist's anti-Ascot dress guide

Royal Ascot is underway and once again event organisers have rolled out a strict dress code telling "ladies" exactly what they can and cannot wear.

Its fashion-unfriendly ruling bans female ticketholders from entering the race meet in outfits with thin straps, off-the-shoulder sleeves, cropped tops and high hemlines. 

"Ladies are kindly advised that formal daywear is a requirement," the code says, before listing its own exacting interpretation of what formal dressing should entail.

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Ascot began on Tuesday

Prior experience of choosing outfits for work events, weddings and parties means nothing to the style judges at Ascot, where your halterneck is certainly not welcome.

As well as putting just about every SS16 trend on its kill list, Ascot permits trousers only if they are "full length" and worn as part of a matching suit.

Ladies:

  • Dresses and skirts should fall just above the knee or longer
  • Jackets and pashminas may be worn
  • Trousers suits are welcome but they should be full length and of matching material and colour
  • All straps should be one inch or greater. Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not permitted
  • Hats or headpieces with a solid base of four inches or more should be worn

We're okay, thanks Ascot. 

Join us outside the royal enclosure with these 20 banned beauties, including cold shoulder silhouettes, '90s slip dresses, palazzo pants and stomach-baring cutaways...

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