From the Goodwood Festival of Speed to the Royal Ascot, here’s our definitive guide on what to wear to all the major sporting events of the season.
The Royal Ascot is synonymous with sartorial sophistication and dressing for this exclusive occasion is an important part of the race day experience. Few sporting events can rival the rich heritage of the Ascot and it attracts many if the world’s best racehorses.
In the Royal Enclosure, gentlemen are required to wear either black or grey morning dress which must include a waistcoat and tie, a black or grey top hat and black formal shoes. In the Queen Anne Enclosure, a suit with a shirt and tie is compulsory. Whilst there is no formal dress in the Windsor Enclosure, race goers are encouraged to wear smart clothes.
Henley Royal Regatta is the most renowned regatta in the world and it is the centrepiece of the British summer sporting and social season. It first took place in 1839 and has been held annually ever since, except during the two World Wars. Over a five day period, the event hosts over 200 races of an international standard and it attracts thousands of spectators. Visitors can enjoy the delightful views of the Henley and River Thames whilst soaking up the atmosphere of the enclosures which have a selection of restaurants, bars and shops.
The regatta itself does not have a dress code, however if you want to get into the Steward’s Enclosure, you must dress in accordance with the long-established tradition. Gentlemen are required to wear lounge suits, or blazers with flannel trousers, and a tie or cravat. The Regatta Enclosure is less formal than the Stewards' Enclosure, however many visitors who attend do enter into the spirit of the Regatta, wearing club blazers and other rowing apparel.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the world’s biggest motoring events, celebrating the history of the motor sport with a vast selection of displays, races and auctions for enthusiasts. As well as being a key event of the summer season, Goodwood is also one of the most chic annual car show’s around with a champagne reception and afternoon tea.
We recommend a cotton shirt and chinos which will ensure you’re comfortable and cool all day long. As this event is mainly on parkland and you will spend most of the day walking around the grounds, team this ensemble with a pair of comfortable casual deck shoes. If you’re going to wear a mac, make it functional and fashion-forward.
From the 3rd July to 16th July, tennis fans will enjoy Pimms and strawberries whilst watching world class tennis on centre court. The world’s most prestigious tennis tournament has been held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London since 1877.
There isn’t a specific rule for general ticket holders and spectators typically arrive in casualwear, whereas the competitors have a strict dress code. Dirty trainers and ripped jeans are forbidden, but spectators do not have to follow any formal code. If you have a courtside ticket, dressing up for the tennis is part of the experience. We recommend a smart cotton shirt with garment-dyed chino shorts. If you are on Henman Hill, opt for something more relaxed. As British weather is notoriously changeable, be sure to wear plenty of layers and take clothing for all conditions.