King George VI Weekend is Britain’s most prestigious open age flat race. The event was formed through the amalgamation of two separate races at Ascot, established in 1946 – 1948. In 2009 the on-line betting company Betfair started to sponsor the King George, this increased the prize fund from £750,000 to £1,000,000. It is now Britain’s second richest horse race. Being such a prestigious event the dress code is strict and it draws a large crowd of the best dressed fashion icons.
In 2012 Ascot introduced a strict dress code with “dress code assistants” patrolling the crowd for short hemlines and hatless heads. If you do happen to be caught out by the assistants you are able to loan ties and hats from sites in the stand.
The dress code
For the King George event Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket with a collared shirt and tie. Trainers are strictly not allowed. If you are in the Premier admission stand there is also a strict dress code of no fancy dress allowed. However in the Grandstand Admission fancy dress is allowed but will not be permitted if its liable to cause any other race goers offence.
The classic choice for racing fashion is the three-piece tailored suit with top hat. This will make you look classic and elegant. A benefit of the three-piece suit is warmth, as we know British summer time is not all that reliable.
Make sure your shirt and tie are contrasting yet the colours need to work together, you don’t want to look like you are going to a job interview! Subtle accessories can add class to the look, team your outfit with cuff links and a smart watch.
You can create this classic look shopping at Mainline Menswear, we stock all you need to make your look distinguished at the most prestigious racing event of the year.