Friday, 07 July 2017

Debrett's Style Tips: Cowes Week

Debrett's style experts talk us through the do's and dont's of dressing for Cowes Week 25 July - 5 August

What is your partnership with Bicester Village and why does it work so well?
Debrett's and Bicester are both champions of British style; Debrett's as the authority on etiquette, British tradition and formal events, and Bicester through the exceptional partner brands it supports and showcases. For this reason we have collaborated to create the Guide To British Style, exploring all things sartorial with a focus on the comprehensive rules of dressing throughout the Season.

What is the 'Guide To British Style'?
It is a beautiful pocket guide to style and the Season, deciphering dress codes and exploring the surprising origins of some Britain's most cherished and iconic items of clothing. It reveals everything that remains central to the British notion of style, from its heritage to both its craft and creativity – qualities that Debrett's has championed throughout its nearly 250-year history.

Why would you advise Lady readers to visit Bicester Village when looking for an outfit for these summer events?
Bicester Village plays host to more than 130 boutiques, which makes dressing for a special summer occasion both convenient and affordable. Less than an hour from London, a visit to Bicester means you can find your dress, shoes, hat and accessories all in one place – and with up to 60% off.

What is the dress code for ladies?
There is no dress code for spectators at Cowes Week, except where applies at particular venues or events. Women therefore usually dress fairly casually in weatherproof clothing and deck shoes. Tuesday is Ladies' Day, which recognises female sailors, when women are encouraged to wear nautical navy-and-white stripes.

What is the dress code for gentlemen?
There is no dress code for spectators at Cowes Week, except where applies at particular venues or events. Men therefore usually dress fairly casually in weatherproof clothing and deck shoes.

How can ladies balance comfort with looking smart?
Spectators are not required to dress too formally at Cowes Week, but the usual rules of smart casual dress apply – jeans should be clean, neat and untorn, and deck shoes, pumps or flats are preferable to flip flops or overtly sporty trainers. For warmth, take a gilet, jumper or cardigan in case the weather takes a downturn.

How can gentlemen balance comfort with looking smart?
Spectators are not required to dress too formally at Cowes Week, but the usual rules of smart casual dress apply – jeans should be clean, neat and untorn, and deck shoes or smart trainers are preferable to flip flops or sports shoes.

What is the dress code for the Royal Yacht Squadron?
A smart dress code is enforced after 7pm at the Royal Yacht Squadron, when men are required to wear a jacket and tie.

Is black tie required for Saturday nights?
There is a black tie dress code in one of the dining rooms at the Royal Yacht Squadron on Saturday nights. Ensure you check with the RYS for more information.

See more on Bicester Village & Debrett's 'Guide To British Style'




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