smashing, positively dashing spectacle

The Ascot Op'ning Day.

Although I've never been one for horses, every part of me wishes to be a fly on the wall at the Royal Ascot, one of England's most over the top social events. Apparently in years past, attire has gotten out of hand and this year, the Queen instituted a few simple dress code rules:

Ladies are required to dress in a manner appropriate for a smart occasion. (Love that statement.)

Only formal day dress with a hat or substantial fascinator will be acceptable.

Off the shoulder, halter neck, spaghetti straps and dresses with a strap of less than one inch and / or mini skirts are considered unsuitable.

Midriffs must be covered.

Trouser suits must be full length and of matching material and colour.

Gentlemen are required to wear either black or grey morning dress, including a waistcoat, with a top hat which must be worn at all times.

Normally I'd consider the regulation of other's apparel slightly snobbish, but for the sake of keeping this 300 year old tradition both classy and fascinating, I have to agree with the Queen on this one.

The smashingly dressed woman on the left gets my vote. I LOVE everything about that ensemble, and don't believe Queen Elizabeth herself could turn up her nose at it.


  1. The girl on the right looks like you!

  2. I like this event. If I was able to go, I'd do everything the Queen asked.

  3. Oh gosh I love England. The phrases 'fancy dress' and 'smart dress' came up a lot--some places or events wouldn't let you in unless you were either dressed up or wearing a costume according to the night's theme. Beth, some day we should find some fantastic hats and stroll over to the ascot races. For some reason I feel better knowing that there are still events in the world that I could totally wear a huge, fancy hat like that too. =)

  4. That sounds like so much fun!

    This is my first time on your blog - it's great!!!

  5. I love you. You are both cute and ingenious. I can't spell

  6. Wow, she looks amazing. & I love seeing what the actual standards are after having poured over the photos for years.


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