Royal Ascot, the horse race at the center of Britain's social calendar, has banned fake-tan lines from its strict dress code.
The tan has taken on many shades of social status throughout history, BBC explains. During Victorian times tanned skin meant low class, because it implied that one did outdoor manual labor. More recently, a tan shows that the bronzed have the time and money to go on vacation.
But now the desirability of sun-kissed skin may be fading. Since you can get a tan from a bottle, its status is more complicated. Bronzed skin says little about a person's social status, if everyone can buy an affordable tan at the drug store. Even so, the apparent standard seems to be: subtle is better.
Will a fake tan ever be accepted by the snobs of the world? Which is classier: a fake tan or a hat inspired by a bathroom interior (being worn by a Royal Ascot attendee above)?