When I was first approached by the Farfetch team to participate in their blogger event, “Rewrite the Royal Ascot Dress Code,” I was a little hesitant to participate. The prompt of rewriting the dress code for the thoroughbred horse race with decades of fashion history seemed daunting. But then again, Downton Abbey’s Lady Mary was brave enough to buck English tradition during the season five finale by participating in a traditionally male horse race. She shocked our lovable Grannie, Dowager Countess of Grantham and proved herself to be a trendsetter of her time. So why can’t the Royal Ascot be given the revolutionary treatment by an American girl?
Before I could rewrite the dress code, I needed to know the basic rules to break.
• 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.
So how to rewrite the Holy Grail of quintessential British fashion without disregarding the tradition that made it famous? Well, I decided to work within the confines of history, by creating four bold looks with a traditional color palette keeping in mind the Farfetch Unfollow Campaign of, “for fashion lovers, not followers.”
• A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times – Agreed. Headpieces make this event.
• Strapless or sheer strap dresses and tops are not permitted – Agreed.
• Trousers of any length may be worn – Are we afraid of the ankle? Culottes are trendier than ever, why ignore them?
• Midriffs are modestly permitted – The era of crop tops is among us my friends, and can be tastefully worn, so lets update this rule.
• Shorts are not permitted – Agreed.
• Invite the Jumpsuit to the party – A jumpsuit is just as classic and feminine as the next piece, but add a tie for a more masculine, dress code pushing edge, to the event. Lady Mary style.
*thank you Farfetch for including Ginger Side of Life in your “Rewrite the Royal Ascot Dress Code event.