you can let a lot more slip and you're not held up to ridicule.
I'll bet that most of those pictured felt a Million Dollars until some unkind photographer worked his worst with angles and exposure.
OK, so there will always be some Horror Shows but many looked marvellous and almost everyone had a good time.
I should also say that, if you go Racing at Longchamp, you will realise that the French have their equivalent disaster areas as well and not all Parisian Ladies are elegant Couture Cloths-horses either. In fact "The Parisienne (Middle-aged) Waddle is a sight to behold, unequalled elsewhere in the world.