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Dress, £279, whis­tles.com; Flats, £139, pretty bal­leri­nas.co.uk; Hair clip, £20, Issa at house­of­fraser.co.uk IT SEEMS no sooner does a re­veal­ing new fash­ion trend pop up than the As­cot com­mit­tee squashes it.

For ex­am­ple, in the new ‘ca­sual’ Wind­sor En­clo­sure, you’d get away with this state­ment bar­dot neck­line (right) or the Duchess of Sus­sex’s shoul­der-bar­ing frock worn re­cently at Troop­ing The Colour.

But, this year, the event’s of­fi­cial guide has had a ‘neck­line re­view’ — and it ex­plic­itly bans bar­dot styles from the Royal, Queen Anne and Vil­lage en­clo­sures.

If in doubt, it’s best to play it safe.

The se­cret to look­ing good at a for­mal event is that it’s all about blend­ing in.

Tatler’s So­phie Good­win says: ‘At­ten­tion-grab­bing get-up is al­ways a dis­as­ter.’

Words: CATHER­INE OSTLER Styling: AMY KESTER / Pic­tures: L+R Hair and make-up: JULIE READ Model: KAREN MEYERHOFF @ MOT Fash­ion as­sis­tant: ALEXAN­DRIA DALE

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