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By Kathryn Sargent

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Royal Ascot

“Royal Ascot is a premier occasion in the summer season and one that has a very strict dress code for the Royal Enclosure. For a modern take on traditional styling, it is the perfect opportunity for gentlemen to wear a well-tailored morning coat in black, with grey and black striped trousers. The silhouette for the coat is very important and should be sharp. It should be paired with a pastel-coloured waistcoat, and a tie in a similar hue, tied in a Windsor knot, with a black or grey top hat. For accessories, avoid thin ties less than 7cm in width and be advised that no cravats are allowed.

“For ladies, Royal Ascot is the time to be stylish without being revealing. They can wear a piece of tailoring, such as a beautiful tailored jacket with a matching dress, or a non-business trouser suit with a slim-leg trouser. For a trouser suit, the jacket and trousers should be in the same colour, such as mint green or pearl yellow. For other outfits, pastel colours are advised, featuring interesting textured fabrics and a matching handbag. A hat should be worn, but no fascinators. Any suiting should be soft and shapely in silhouette.”
 

Henley Regatta

“At Henley Regatta, men can show their individuality in their outfit, as it is less formal than other events of the season. Blazers with contrasting trousers are a modern take on traditional dress, and men shouldn’t be afraid to go with a check, stripe (red or brown and blue) or window-pane blazer, but should avoid matching their trousers in the same pattern. Trousers should be a plain colour, either grey or a pale chino, and have two pleats for a more summery look. To maintain a smart yet modern style, less formal shoes, such as tan loafers, can also be worn. A tie is not compulsory for the event, but if worn it should not be a dark colour.”

Wimbledon

“Wimbledon is now more informal than it has been in the past, so for gentlemen it’s an opportunity to wear either a suit or blazer. A contemporary version of a traditional look is a slimline suit, with a single-breasted lapel and an outside ticket pocket. It should be lightweight because of the time of year and not too formal, such as a light grey with a fine blue check throughout the cloth. A tie should be worn with a crisp white shirt, but it doesn’t need to be a business tie and can be light in colour. It’s a chance to accessorise and wear a pocket square as part of the dress. I would avoid wearing strong stripes in suiting, and an option is to wear white trousers.

“For ladies, a well-cut jacket is key to the look and should be worn over a well-tailored dress, or a slim trouser with a heel. Hats are not advised, to avoid blocking the view of spectators seated behind.”
 

Chelsea Flower Show

“Chelsea is a much more relaxed event for gentlemen, and it’s recommended to wear a linen or casual jacket in an understated colour. When wearing a tailored jacket to this event, it should be softer in style and not angular or sharp. It doesn’t hurt to express your individuality, but have respect for the amazing garden designs and blend in rather than stand out. A linen blazer in a pale red, pink or blue is a modern look for this event, worn with a chino trouser and an open-neck shirt. Ties are optional when looking around the gardens.”

Glyndebourne

“Glyndebourne is one of the most formal black-tie occasions on the social calendar and is a chance to wear a wonderfully cut cream dinner jacket with silk lapels, with very smart black tailored trousers. A sharp white shirt should be worn, with exciting dress studs on to add modern and luxurious details. These events take place during the day and early afternoon, so men can be a bit more playful with their accessories and introduce pops of colour, from bow ties, pocket squares and a cummerbund in a deep burgundy, making the traditional look slightly more contemporary in style.”

Polo Events

"Polo events in the UK such as at Guards or the Hurlingham tend to be a more formal occasion than overseas. Although ties aren't compulsory, jackets will be expected particularly if you are dining and jeans are never acceptable. A good look for men is a classic cut suit with an open collared shirt, or a strong blue blazer and pale chinos are also acceptable."