Royal Ascot sets new dress codes, aims to enforce them

While a stunning number of Americans roll into the office wearing jeans and sneakers, it’s comforting to know that somewhere dress codes are still being enforced. Indeed, strict new guidelines have been set for this year’s Royal Ascot horse race in the small English town of Ascot, and a team of ladies in purple suits is patrolling the entryways to ensure the fashion dos and don’ts are strictly followed.

Prior to the event (one of the biggest of the British summer season, it continues through Saturday), the official Ascot Racecourse website released two 16-page style guidebooks specific to either Royal Enclosure — which is members only — or grandstand event attendees. Both dress codes are new for 2012.

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