Dress Guide for Formal Summer events | Races, Regatta, Wedding Guest Dressing

Summer is the time for fun outdoors events. There’s the more casual; festivals and garden parties. And then there’s the more formal; races, ladies day, weddings and regattas. If you didn’t read my post on why you need to be at Henley Regatta then take a quick read! I love dressing up for (semi) formal events and if you live in the South East, Henley Regatta is one you shouldn’t miss!

If you’ve ever been to any of these type of summer events you’ll know the struggle is real when trying to find an outfit. Trying to work out the dress code, what’s acceptable, what’s appropriate, whether you look to demure/ too racy. It’s not an easy feat. And the time it takes to scroll the pages of ASOS, Missguided, Pretty Little Thing etc. takes what feels like a lifetime. So I’ve done the hard work for you and put together a dress guide of my favourites.

The Summer Wedding

With a lot of the day usually spent outside, the dress code of what’s acceptable is different to that of an inside wedding. Which is good because it opens up a whole world of maxi dress opportunities. Florals and lighter colours are perfect. Just don’t break the golden rule of wearing white! (unless it has a pattern, then you’re good.)


Bear in mind I’m talking about the bars rather than the enclosures (If you’re confused have a read of my latest post on Henley Regatta). When it comes to Regatta it’s difficult to know whats acceptable. People wear all sorts; short dresses, maxi dresses, jumpsuits, playsuits, skirts, trousers, anything goes (except for your low plunge LBD! – keep it classy!)

I usually go for something which looks summery in terms of lighter colours but that’s about as far as the dress code goes!

The Races

Depending on what enclosure you are going in, there may be a more specific dress code for this one! Often you have to wear dresses down to the knee so I’ve linked my favourites plus a few others if you’re in a more casual enclosure.

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