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You Can Never Be Overdressed at Henley Festival

You Can Never Be Overdressed at Henley Festival

Posted on Jul 4, 2018

Since the start of Henley Festival back in 1983, the interpretation of ‘Black Tie’ has become rather varied. With the countless dress styles and numerous suit designs that exist in today’s fashion world, it’s no wonder people are getting confused. So, to make it that little bit easier when picking your festival outfit, we have created a simple guide to the Henley Festival Black Tie dress code.


Think Elegant Heels and Fancy Flats, not Trainers and Flip Flops

Whether it be stilettos, kitten or block heels, a little extra lift makes all the difference when it comes to a Black Tie event. Whilst the terrain of the festival can be a difficult one to judge (especially with the unpredictable weather), and if you expect to be dancing til the early hours of the morning - it's best to plan in advance. If you know you'll be living it up in Pure Heaven after the Floating Stage headliner, why not go for a comfortable (but fabulous) lower heel or flat shoe? It's better to be prepared than ruining your night with an unwanted splinter or sore feet.

Become the iconic Grace Kelly

Black Tie is an opportunity, not a burden, a chance to bring out all the stops. That glamorous dress you've had your eye on in the shop window but never had a reason to wear? Now is your chance. It's all about class and elegance, think evening gowns and cocktail dress - become the Bond girl (or woman). Dresses aren't everyone's cup of tea so if you're more of a jumpsuit or trousers kind of person, join the club. We do of course allow formal jumpsuits and trouser suits.

You can never be overdressed at Henley, so why not make the most of it?


Channel your inner James Bond
Name a Bond film where the man himself doesn't look incredible in a sharp DJ? Are you struggling? Exactly, you can't because he always looks the height of sophistication. It's impossible to look bad in a well fitting DJ with a crisp white shirt and bow tie, take a look at the images below and see for yourself! We understand the bow tie look may not be to everyone's taste however, so in this area we have 'relaxed' the rules of Black Tie slightly. By 'relaxed' we mean the alternative of a smart tie.

In regard to colour for the Black Tie dress code, the clue is in the name. The classic black DJ is preferred, however dark coloured lounge suits such as black, charcoal and navy are accepted. Why not match your elegant suit with a classic Oxford Shoe? Be sure to polish them to perfection - remember, the chic is in the shine.

So there you have it, a guide to the Henley Festival Black Tie dress code. Stick to this and you can’t go wrong. Ladies remember it’s a night for you to look your most fabulous, so embrace it and have fun. Gentlemen, well there's really nothing more sophisticated than a man in classic Black Tie.

For more inspiration on what to wear, take a look at our gallery here