It’s goodbye to the fascinator (we told you so!) as Royal Ascot this week issued a new dress code including hats only, no pashminas, miniskirts or strapless tops! They’re trying to get the races back to high society standards and their new rules say that for the Royal Enclosure, hats should be larger than 4 inches in diameter, hems to be of a to just above the knee or lower, and men must wear either a black or grey morning suit with a tie and top hat.
In the Grandstand “women must wear a hat, headpiece or fascinator at all times and strapless dresses are not allowed, while men must wear a suit with a shirt and tie”. The dress code differs between Royal Ascot (June 19-23rd 2012). and all other race days and the organisers have asked that you “please ensure you are dressed appropriately for the enclosure and race day you have booked”. Sounds like they’ll be more lenient on other days that aren’t Royal Ascot itself.
We wish them the best of luck with enforcing the new dress code!
So, in celebration of the hat we’re featuring some fab hats from our favourite Irish Milliners –and not a fascinator in sight!
Pictured above left: Martha Lynn Millinery hat
Sold at Project 51 and Havana
Model- 1 Magda Adasiewicz Stylist- Kelly Barnes Make Up- Claire McDonald Hair- Michelle O Halloran
Pictured above right: Fiona Mangan Millinery
Stylist: Mairead Vickers Photographer: Kyle Tunney Hairstylist: Louise Jordan of MoHH in Galway.
Featured in the gallery are Aisling Ahern Millinery, Mark T Burke Millinery and more designs from Fiona Mangan and Martha Lynn.