Wednesday 16 August 2017

Royal Ascot racegoers turn heads on Ladies Day in most bizarre outfits yet

Royal Ascot on Ladies Day. Images: PA/Reuters
Royal Ascot on Ladies Day. Images: PA/Reuters
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Racegoers at Royal Ascot continued to push past fashion norms with bold and bizarre outfits on Ladies Day.

Thousands descended upon the Berkshire course this morning, wearing outfits and hats far from the demure style the event is used to seeing.

Racegoer Melanie Mar from Los Angeles made a statement in a cobalt blue leather dress with a thigh high split, just about staying within the strict dress code.

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Melanie Mar from Los Angeles during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 22, 2017. Photo credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.

Formal daywear is required, which means no hemlines should be shorter than your knee or thin-strapped tops, trouser suits needs to be full length and all one colour; jumpsuits are also permitted, but must also fall to the knee or lower.

"Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not permitted, the website reads.

"Midriffs must be covered. Fascinators are not permitted; neither are headpieces which do not have a solid base covering a sufficient area of the head."

Queen Elizabeth will attend later today to present the Gold Cup, while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended on Tuesday.

Look through our gallery below for all of the weird and wonderful style from the day so far.

Lindsay Healy, (R - L) Christine Walkin, Cara Palmer and Anna Perry from Leeds during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Photo credit: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions.
Lindsay Healy, (R - L) Christine Walkin, Cara Palmer and Anna Perry from Leeds during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Photo credit: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions.
Brian Mann and Rebecca Johnson arriving during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 22, 2017. Photo credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Melanie Mar from Los Angeles during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 22, 2017. Photo credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
A female racegoer in a hat during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 22, 2017. Photo credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Miss Diana Horn from Austin, Texas during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 22, 2017. Photo credit: John Walton/PA Wire.
General view of a racegoers hat during Ladies Day at Ascot REUTERS/Toby Melville
Mrs Celia Sawyer during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Photo credit: John Walton/PA Wire.
Christine Walkin from Leeds during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Photo credit: John Walton/PA Wire.
A racegoer poses during Ladies Day at Ascot REUTERS/Toby Melville
General view of a racegoers hat during Ladies Day at Ascot REUTERS/Toby Melville
Betsy Bamford from New York during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 22, 2017. Photo credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Hannah Johnson from Leeds during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Photo credit: John Walton/PA Wire.
Racegoers by the parade ring during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Photo credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Khiley Williams from The Tootsie Rollers during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Photo credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Horse Racing - Royal Ascot - Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Britain - June 22, 2017 A racegoer during Ladies Day at Ascot REUTERS/Toby Melville
A racegoer during Ladies Day at Ascot REUTERS/Toby Melville
Linzi Weir from Gloucester during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Photo credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
A racegoer poses during Ladies Day at Ascot REUTERS/Toby Melville
A female racegoer sports a clock themed hat during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.Photo credit: John Walton/PA Wire.
Gail Hayden-Stapf from Ascot during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Photo credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Paula Gibson from Buenos Aires during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Photo credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Gail Hayden-Stapf from Ascot during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Photo credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Paula Gibson from Buenos Aires during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Photo credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Alexandra Dalton from Cheshire during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Photo credit: John Walton/PA Wire.
Claire Winnall from Gloucester during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Photo credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Alexandra Dalton from Cheshire sporst a rose garden handbag during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Photo credit: John Walton/PA Wire.
Gail Hayden-Stapf from Ascot during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Photo credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Racegoers check the racecards during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. . Photo credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Fashion designer Inga Kovalerova poses during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Photo: John Walton/PA Wire.
Racegoers during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.Photo credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
A racegoer poses during Ladies Day at Ascot Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs
Racegoers Marinka Smiernova (L - R), Victoria Bliznyuk and Daria Radionova pose during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Photo credit: John Walton/PA Wire.
Russian model Natalia Capchuk during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Photo credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
Laura Whitmore during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Photo credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Racegoers Marinka Smiernova (L - R), Victoria Bliznyuk and Daria Radionova pose during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Photo credit: John Walton/PA Wire.
Eva Lanska from Moscow during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Photo credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
Brooke Barnett from Southampton during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Photo credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Inga Kobalerova from Moscow during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Photo credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
A female racegoer during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Photo credit: John Walton/PA Wire.

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