Trend-Spotting: Fascinators Banned at Royal Ascot’s Royal Enclosure
It would appear that fascinators are just too trendy, or that’s the conclusion some have reached after it was announced that the high-attention headpieces have been banned at Royal Ascot’s Royal Enclosure, taking place this summer. Fear not, however, as those sitting in the more mainstream public grandstand will have the option between wearing a fascinator and a hat.
You’re likely familiar with the fanciful headgear, but for those of you who’ve been hiding under a rock, a fascinator is a cross between a small hat and a headpiece (most often affixed to the head with either a clip or hairband). Fascinators have come into fashion and been seen in higher frequency ever since the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, started styling the unique headgear. (You may remember the designs she’s worn by Philip Treacy and also Vivien Sheriff.)
According to the dress code posted on the Ascot website, “Fascinators are no longer permitted in the Royal Enclosure; neither are headpieces which do not have a base covering a sufficient area of the head (4 inches/10cm).”
And what else has changed in the dress code for Royal Ascot’s Royal Enclsoure?
An article posted on BBC News states that, in an effort to restore formality, strapless and sheer-strap dresses/shirts have been banned, and dresses/skirts are required to hit at knee-length or just below. Men are now required to wear a suit and tie.
Royal Ascot takes place in June each year, and this year events run from Tuesday June 19 – Saturday June 23.
Shop the Look:
Vivien Sheriff Sandringham hat, about $660 CDN, VivienSheriff.co.uk
Vivien Sheriff Pageant fascinator, about $361 CDN, VivienSheriff.co.uk