Royal Ascot updates dress code

SKIN DEEP:Royal Ascot, which runs from June 19-23, has been revisiting its dress code and establishing some new ground rules for attendees, which include socks for men and covered shoulders for women.

As of this year, some of the event’s formal dress codes, formerly reserved for the Royal Enclosure where Queen Elizabeth sits, will apply to all guests.

Male guests in the Queen Anne and Village Enclosures must wear socks. Those wearing black leather shoes without socks could find themselves turned away.

For women, event organizers had already banned strapless dresses and are now forbidding “Bardot” or off-the-shoulder necklines, as well as one-shoulder styles. Trouser suits and jumpsuits — a new addition to the dress code — are still permitted, provided they are of appropriate length and “worn with a top that adheres to the guidelines.”

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ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Zara Philllips and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Zara Tindall (centre) greets the Duchess of Cambridge (right), during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge in the Parade Ring during Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is greeted by Mike Tindall in the Parade Ring during Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge getting into their carriage to take part in the parade during Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive in the Parade Ring during Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Zara Philllips attend Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with the Earl and Countess of Wessex getting into their carriage to take part in the parade during Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Zara Philllips and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge makes her way in the royal procession during day 1 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is seen in the Parade Ring as she attends Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend day 1 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Zara Philllips attend Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Princess Beatrice of York and Princess Eugenie of York attend Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Queen Elizbeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: William Buick riding Ribchester (C, all blue) win The Queen Anne Stakes on day 1 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
Winning jockey John Velazquez (centre) with The Duke of Cambridge (left), The Duchess of Cambridge (second left), Barbara Banke (third left) and Karin McKinnell (centre) after the King's Stand Stakes during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.
The Duchess of Cambridge getting into her carriage to take part in the parade during Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.
The Duchess of Cambridge during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse, London
Princess Anne(left) , Autumn Phillips and Zara Phillips during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse, London
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge (centre) during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse, London
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (left) and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (right) during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse, London
The Countess of Wessex in her carriage during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.
The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse, London
The Duchess of Cambridge getting into her carriage to take part in the parade during Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge getting into their carriage to take part in the parade during Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.
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Off-the-shoulder dresses were popular last summer at both ends of the market and were made popular by designers Caroline Constas and Johanna Ortiz. There were Bardot necklines up and down the high street, which could have prompted Ascot organizers to take a stand against all shoulder-baring styles.

Ascot also releases an annual style guide to provide racegoers with inspiration on dressing stylishly while adhering to the guidelines. This year’s style guide includes suggestions for all four circles and spotlights pieces by British designers such as Mother of Pearl, Emilia Wickstead and Roksanda, alongside high-street options by Asos, H&M, River Island and Karen Millen.

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