7-11th JULY 2021
Henley Festival

You can never be overdressed at Henley Festival

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.

Ladies

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?

Gentlemen

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.


FESTIVAL TIPS

ARRIVE EARLY

There’s so much to experience at the Festival it’s worth being ready to go when the gates open at 6pm.

DIG OUT YOUR BEST FROCK

You can never be overdressed at Henley!

FOOD & DRINK

DRINK WITH A VIEW

Head to the Moet Champagne lawn for a glass of fizz and an amazing view of the river.

HUNGRY?

All our non-bookable restaurants are open throughout the evening and are less busy during the floating stage concert.

YOUR VISIT

WHAT SHALL I WEAR?

The Festival has a black tie dress code.

WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE?

The car park opens at 4pm, Festival gates open at 6pm.

DO I NEED A WRISTBAND?

Wristbands will be given out at the Festival gates upon presentation of a valid ticket.

JOIN OUR MAILING LIST FOR REGULAR FESTIVAL UPDATES

Your email address