Anybody else going to Royal Ascot this year?
I booked my tickets today, which puts me in the throughly delightful position of now needing to procure a top hat. Any suggestions for where to go to find one?
I already own a morning suit - whilst the black morning coat (with mismatched trousers) seems to be more the norm, the dress code also permits grey morning dress, which mine is. It seems to be generally expected with grey morning dress, unlike with black, that the trousers, waist coat and tail coat are all of the same cloth (some recent pictures of Prince Charles at Royal Ascot show him dressed as such). However I wondered if I might perhaps try a different waist coat to break it up a bit and inject a bit of colour - maybe a pale blue. How much of a hard and fast rule it is with grey morning dress that all the pieces match?
As an aside I noticed the amusing irony that cravats, sometimes referred to as ascots, are now no longer accepted as part of the dress code at Royal Ascot. Do Chaps generally avoid Ascot for this reason?