By ANNA EDWARDS
Dress codes are normally the preserve of restaurants and nightclubs.
But exclusive shop Harrods refused six women shoppers to enter because they were dressed in the Welsh national costume - which a security officer thought clashed with the store's dress code.
The proud Welshwomen went for a London shopping day on St David's Day dressed in their traditional tall black hats, red skirts and white aprons.
But their festive costumes were met with an unimpressed security officer at the door who told them: 'You can't come in here dressed like that.'
The six close friends in hand-made traditional costumes donned the outfits last Friday to mark March 1 - the day when the Welsh mark their patron saint St David.
But the six including a doctor, an NHS manager, a lawyer and a fashion designer.were turned away by the Knightsbridge store.
Harrods yesterday apologised for the blunder - and the women were allowed in later after security checks.
Trip organiser Gaynor Newton, 56, said: 'We were gobsmacked - we were smartly dressed and well behaved on our national day.
'The first woman security officer who stopped us was quite rude and just said we could not enter the store because we were in our national costume.
'As we stood there an Asian woman in a sari and an African woman in lovely colourful robes both entered the store without a problem.'