The Royal Henley

The month of June is traditionally home to one of the more storied events in world of athletic fashion eccentricities (second, maybe, to the Kentucky Derby): The Royal Henley Regatta, a rowing regatta held annually on the Thames River near London. Rowing club members not participating in the day’s races display their allegiances via awning-striped blazers in club colors.

Club colors, apparently.

Club colors, apparently.

The public is welcome at the regatta, but the more selective and popular vantage points enforce dress codes. The Stewards’ Enclosure, for instance, insists men wear a “lounge suit, blazer and flannels, or evening dress, and a tie.” Though the Enclosure doesn’t allow drinking among spectators, the more bohemian – and nearby – Remenham Club does.

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