Are tattoos really such a style taboo?
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It is not unusual for the fashion choices of Ascot attendees and Wimbledon players to make the headlines but, this year, the real subject of scrutiny is tattoos – particularly, those on women. Ascot is known for its strict dress code, which does not allow heads to be bare of hats, or halterneck or strapless dresses, but it is the array of tattoos decorating the limbs of a number of young ladies that have caused uproar amongst the more conservative racegoers, who see this as a ‘decline in standards’. Racing commentator Sir Peter O’Sullevan grumbled that "Sometimes the grandstands seem over-run by tattoos and bare flesh. It’s disrespectful – not just to the Queen, but to the horses." While it is true that tattoos are not to everyone’s taste (though, unlike O’Sullevan, I don’t think the horses care either way), no matter how artful or discreet they may be, the negative media attention that has been given to a couple of floral forearms is surely unwarranted?
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