A few years ago, I was lucky enough to attend the races at England's famous Royal Ascot Racecourse - inside the Royal Enclosure, no less (I saw the Queen)! At the time, I was positively panicked by the strict (and strictly enforced) dress code, which requires ladies to cover the decolletage/shoulders, ensure hems fall no shorter than knee-length, and sport a headpiece that covers the crown of the head at least. I managed to work things out, pulling together looks for the two days I visited, and in the end, I was grateful for the dress code. The Royal Enclosure was a sea of classic and polished men and women, with nary a miniskirt or pair of wraparound sunglasses in sight.
Back home in Australia, I continue to adhere to and fight for these racewear rules, along with the standard seasonal guidelines (FYI: open-toed shoes for the Spring Carnival, closed-toed shoes for the Autumn Carnival). The races are not a music festival, nor are they a beach party, and as stuffy as it sounds, I'd like to keep it that way. It can be a little more effort, but it's worth it to maintain the integrity of the one place in which sassy hats are acceptable. So I will continue to fight the elegant fight, all whilst clad in the most extravagant headpieces my girl Viktoria Novak can dream up! Who's with me?