The all important Dress Codes for Royal Ascot

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Royal Ascot Races is one of the most popular events of the sporting and social calendar, with an annual attendance of nearly 300,000 people.

Both the Grandstand Enclosure and the Royal Enclosure have their benefits. If you are looking for a young, fun and often raucous afternoon then consider the former perfect. With big crowds, big drinkers and even bigger heels it will not disappoint. This is the area in which I frequented for the first few years of attending and I didn’t even manage to see any races; there was far too much entertainment around the bandstand, and, coupled with the 30 minute queue for the loos the afternoon passed by before I could say ‘on the nose please’.

The Grandstand Enclosure at Royal Ascot

The Grandstand Enclosure at Royal Ascot

 

Fast forward a few years and I was invited to The Royal Enclosure, the moment I had been hoping for had come! And the icing on the cake is that as long as you ‘behave yourself’ you will automatically gain membership into this enclosure from the next year onwards.

The Royal Enclosure is what you would imagine an elegant day at the races to be. Beautiful pavilions in which to sip Pimms, perfectly mown lawns to parade with your partner and pre-bookable restaurants. As it happens I did manage to behave myself and so have been enjoying this area ever since, although I do often wonder which enclosure is having the most fun….

 

The Champagne Lawn within the Royal Enclosure

The Champagne Lawn within the Royal Enclosure at Royal Ascot

Both enclosures have strict Dress Codes which must be adhered to as, in theory, you can be refused entrance.

Ladies, an invaluable piece of advice is to keep your heels sensible whatever enclosure you オンライン カジノ are in. This is for three reasons:

  • You will do an awful amount of walking – Ascot Racecourse is vast
  • There are many grass areas and therefore high stiletto heels will sink in making it really difficult to walk elegantly
  • Seeing an otherwise beautifully dressed lady staggering along carrying her shoes is not a good sight

 

Grandstand Enclosure Dress Code

Ladies within the main Grandstand Admission area are encouraged to dress in a manner as befits a formal occasion:

  • 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.

Men are required to wear a suit with a shirt and tie (often men will wear Morning Dress in this enclosure which looks lovely).

 

A lady perfectly dressed for a day at Royal Ascot

A lady perfectly dressed for a day at Royal Ascot

Royal Enclosure Dress Code

  • Ladies’ dresses and skirts should be of modest length. This is defined as just falling above the knee or longer
  • Ladies’ trouser suits are acceptable and they should be of full length and of matching material and colour
  • 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
  • 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. Ladies are kindly asked to note the following:
  • Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not permitted.
  • Midriffs must be covered.
  • Fascinators are not permitted; neither are headpieces which do not have a base covering a sufficient area of the head (4 inches/10cm).
  • Gentlemen are required to wear either black or grey morning dress (grey is deemed as de rigueur) 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. The customisation of top hats (with, for example, coloured ribbons or bands) is not permitted in the Royal Enclosure.

A gentleman in Morning Dress

A gentleman in Morning Dress

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Spa Day Etiquette

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

With Mothering Sunday this weekend a Spa Day can make a wonderful gift and, if you are a daughter, you can even join her for some quality down time together.

However, knowing what is expected of you along with being prepared beforehand can make the difference between a relaxing day and one that may be somewhat more stressful than what you were anticipating.

Firstly, ensure you allow plenty of time before your first treatment. I would suggest waiting at least an hour after your planned arrival time to allow you to change, get to know the Spa layout and to generally start relaxing into the serenity. It can take a while to starting unwinding, especially after travelling, and you don’t want to spend the first fifteen minutes of your treatment waiting for your heart rate to settle down.

Make sure you arrive at the treatment room/waiting area in plenty of time, as often you will need to complete a questionnaire beforehand. If you are late for your appointment then you should fully expect your treatment time to be reduced.

mother and daughter at a spa

Mother & Daughter enjoying a Spa Day

It is polite to your therapist to make sure your personal hygiene is intact before your treatment; shower and ensure any excessive hairiness has already have been taken care of (unless this is a waxing appointment of course).

With regards to chitchat, therapists are trained to take the lead from you. Small talk is definitely superfluous but don’t be afraid to say what you want. If the pressure isn’t hard enough or the whale music is annoying you, then say so.

If you are body-shy then try to remember that therapists have seen all shapes and sizes and will be trained in the art of draping, meaning only the part of the body that is being treated will be exposed. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for a Brazilian Wax, where you will be expected to remove all your underwear and contort your lower body into all different manner of positions. Not for the faint hearted.

Once your treatment has finished you will be instructed by your therapist to ‘take your time’. What this really means is rise from the bed slowly, not take a half hour snooze.

Lady enjoying a Massage

Lady enjoying a Massage

Before you use the sauna/steam rooms check what the dress code is. Most UK Spas will state that swimwear must be worn and a towel should be placed underneath you before sitting. However, if your Spa has separate areas for men and women then they could well permit nudity. In some countries this is actually mandatory even in mixed areas i.e. Austria, so do check beforehand.

It should go without saying that mobile phones are a complete no-no, although I have unfortunately experienced inconsiderate spa goers waking me from my post treatment snooze, so it has to be mentioned.

If you are visiting a Spa with someone else then be considerate of the level of your chat. It’s fine to catch up on the latest gossip whilst enjoying the Jacuzzi, but in the relaxation areas do consider others who may be enjoying a catnap.

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What to Wear to the Cheltenham Festival

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Next week is the Cheltenham Festival set in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds.

The Gold Cup forms part of the National Hunt Racing Calendar with prize money second only to the Grand National, making it one of the most high profile race meets of the year.

National Hunt differs somewhat from Summer Racing. The main difference being that the former takes place during the winter months and is steeplechase (i.e. fences and ditches) and the latter takes place during the summer season and is flat racing.

There are also differences in the acceptable Dress Codes for each of these events. The Cheltenham Festival traditionally takes place over St. Patrick’s Day in March and has a reputation for often being one of the harshest weeks of winter weather, which I can vouch for having experienced snow and hailstorms on occasion.

What is shocking though is how many young ladies dress as if attending Royal Ascot with summer dresses, strapy sandals and fascinators…..brrrr.

What Ladies should not wear to Cheltenham Festival.

What ladies should not wear to the Cheltenham Festival.

 

So what should you wear?

The Cheltenham Festival has no Dress Code and yes, fancy dress is permitted; but you wouldn’t be considering that option now would you??

Generally people tend to make a bit of an effort if they have tickets for the Tattersalls or Club enclosures and this is the perfect time for both men and women to bring out their tweeds. Not only is tweed now back in Vogue but it is also a warm material making it perfect for those March winds that can blow across the Cotswold Hills.

Tweed can, however, have a tendency to look a little fuddy-duddy so オンライン カジノ ゲーム it should be worn carefully to ensure a chic, not geek look. Tailoring is one of the most important aspects and a good tweed should be cut in a fashionable shape and fitted well to the body.

There are also many colours to choose from at the moment incorporating light blues and pastel pinks, which certainly give them a more contemporary feel. Try House of Bruar for both men and ladies collections and also Joules for ladies tweed jackets.

If you feel top to toe tweed is a little overboard then you can certainly look at wearing separates. Men’s tweed jackets teemed with corduroys, a shirt and a tie look stylish and ladies can choose between a tweed skirt and a jacket.

Footwear should be comfortable so smart brogue boots for men are ideal and simple flat leather or suede boots for ladies. High heels are no-no.

And of course to finish the outfit off and really look the part you can add a Tweed Flat Cap or Felt Trilby Hat.

 

Gentlemen can look very dapper in the right tweed.

Gentlemen can look very dapper in the right tweed.

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