After my recent post on the Royal Henley Regatta to be held the first week of July, reader W. Holmes was kind enough to contribute photographs of Trinity College Boat Club attire from his time at Oxford University. I immediately noticed that the combination of jacket, hat and club tie is considerably more complex than the straw boater that was the only dress item needed to join the now-defunct annual crew-related riot known as Skimmer when I was at university.
I like the now almost-extinct-on-civilian-clothing use of piping (the white edging) on the jacket. I have seen it applied several ways and in my opinion, this is how piping should be done for visual balance - pocket tops, sleeve ends and jacket edges.
The hats on the ladies at Royal Ascot and the blazers at Royal Henley are for me the distinctive dress of the English social season.