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June 16, 2016

Henley Regatta Dress Code

Taking place just few weeks after Royal Ascot, Henley Regatta is another important event in the British social calendar, and one of the world’s best-loved regattas. Henley Regatta dress code is known to be one of the world’s strictest dress codes, which is established ‘to maintain the atmosphere of an English Garden party of the Edwardian period’. Unlike Ascot, where the strictest rules apply only to the Royal Enclosure, at Henley, the dress code is enforced throughout.

What is Henley Regatta?

Henley Regatta is one of the oldest events on the British summer calendar and has been held every year since 1839 (apart from during the First and Second World Wars). Originally it was organised by the mayor of Henley as a hybrid of a regatta and a funfair. The first event lasted only one afternoon but proved to be such a success that was extended to two days the following year. Now Henley Regatta lasts five days, this year it is held from Wednesday 29th June till Sunday 3rd July.

In 1851 Prince Albert agreed to become the regatta’s first royal patron. After his death, the patronage passed to Queen Victoria and then Edward VII. The current royal patron is the Queen.

Henley Regatta Dress Code

Similar to Ascot rules, there is a slight difference in dress codes depending on the type of your ticket. Those ladies attending the Regatta on Temple Island and in the Stewards’ Enclosure are required to wear dresses, skirts or suits; no trousers are allowed.  It is also customary to wear hats. Gentlemen should wear lounge suits, blazers and flannels, accompanied by a tie or cravat. The majority of men usually dress in traditional striped blazers, each representing a different rowing club.

For those attending  Fawley Meadows, the dress code is similar but ladies are allowed to wear trousers (of full length). For gentleman, a tie or cravat is not compulsory, yet still preferable.

How to get tickets to the Henley Regatta?

Badges are sold for different areas in the Regatta, including the Stewards’ Enclosure and Regatta Enclosure. You must be a member to purchase tickets for the Stewards’ Enclosure.

How to find perfect outfit for the Henley Regatta?

Lucky for you, you do not have to spend days searching for the perfect outfit. At Ariella we have a range of dresses that will make you stand out while still following the dress code. Shop our collections!

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