If I told you I’d tickled Sir Steve Redgrave’s ear with a feather, you might get the wrong idea. But the problem with ‘substantial’ fascinators is they sometimes get in the way. I was at Henley, on the lookout for curiously colourful fashions, when I bumped into the Olympic rowing superhero at the Leander Club. He towered over me, even in my skyscraper heels, and we had a ffffascinatingly close encounter.
It’s so exciting when men make an effort to dress up – and Henley Royal Regatta is an occasion when they can go overboard (not literally, I hope). Rowers seem to go to all sorts of lengths to look original. One fellow had even cut up his old school curtains to create a strikingly unique Hampton School jacket (below).
Under a table, I spotted these fabulous socks, worn by an ex-naval officer, in port red and starboard green. I wasn’t so sure about the shoes though…
There were the usual striped ensembles – including some with very distinctive buttons.
And there were plenty of unique accessories...
... from brightly coloured watches to curiously clashing ties, preppy waistcoats and suave cravats.
I bumped into my old friends from Bedford Rowing Club, whose flower corsages were wilting a little in the sun.
And for some, the heat of the day was all a little too much.
Not so for 99 year old Rex (below) who kept me amused for ages with tales of Henleys past - and he'd been visiting the regatta since 1936!
By the way, in case you’re wondering about my unusual charm necklace, it was one from ShopCurious, which can also be worn as a belt.
Oh, and you can read more about the Henley dress code over at the Dabbler.
Curiculum Vitae Jeffry Zebua
6 months ago