LK Bennett teams up with Ascot and Crew Clothing makes a splash for Henley

With Glyndebourne kicking off this weekend and the Chelsea Flower Show back in bloom next week, the summer season has finally resumed after a two-year hiatus.

But while we couldn’t be happier that fun is officially back in fashion, as for fashion itself, well, it’s a bit more complicated. Having lived mostly with drawstring belts and sneakers since 2020, women around the world are looking at their social calendars in dread, lamenting the lost art of dressing.

Glyndebourne May 21-August 28: dress, £39.99, reserved; bag, £80, Anthropologie; shoes, £95, Dune; headband, £35.99, Isabel Manns; earrings, £195, Laurence Coste

Don’t have anything to wear? Nor has anyone else looked at the barrel of a great day/night for the first time in forever.

I was invited to a black tie event (remember that?) next week and I’m in a state of extreme panic. With 16 dresses, borrowed from various friends, strewn across my bedroom floor and many more on the way from various online retailers, surely only one will work, so I’m going to prom?

Chelsea Flower Show May 24-28: dress, £200, Aspiga;  bag, £99, LK Bennett;  shoes, £129, Penelope Chilvers;  sunglasses, £175, Aspinal

Chelsea Flower Show May 24-28: dress, £200, Aspiga; bag, £99, LK Bennett; shoes, £129, Penelope Chilvers; sunglasses, £175, Aspinal

Queen's Jubilee June 2-5: dress, £140, phase eight;  bag, £150, Jasper Conran;  shoes, £28, Asos;  hair bow, £15, Get a Grip;  earrings, £195, Laurence Coste

Queen’s Jubilee June 2-5: dress, £140, phase eight; bag, £150, Jasper Conran; shoes, £28, Asos; hair bow, £15, Get a Grip; earrings, £195, Laurence Coste

The good news is that UK retailers are responding to our collective dress code crisis, not only by flooding the rails with stylish outfits but, in some cases, designing collections with specific events in mind.

Royal Ascot June 14-18: Jacket, £299 and trousers, £199, LK Bennett;  bag, £105, Isla Risa;  shoes, £295, Terry de Havilland;  hat, £240, Camilla King;  earrings, £165, Laurence Coste

Wimbledon from June 27 to July 10: shirt, £99, puzzle;  trousers, £109, Mint Velvet;  bag, £55, Anthropologie;  shoes, £195, Rogue Matilda;  hat, £195, Lock Hatters;  earrings, £225, Monica Vinader;  bracelets, £115 each, Aspinal;  necklace, £32, accessorize

Left: Royal Ascot June 14-18: jacket, £299 and trousers, £199, LK Bennett; bag, £105, Isla Risa; shoes, £295, Terry de Havilland; hat, £240, Camilla King; earrings, £165, Laurence Coste. Right: Wimbledon June 27-July 10: shirt, £99, puzzle; trousers, £109, Mint Velvet; bag, £55, Anthropologie; shoes, £195, Rogue Matilda; hat, £195, Lock Hatters; earrings, £225, Monica Vinader; bracelets, £115 each, Aspinal; necklace, £32, accessorize

LK Bennett’s Royal Ascot line is well worth a look – the High Street favorite has read the lengthy official dress code so we don’t have to, which means everything in the 18-piece collection is suitable for running. There are chic dresses in silk and crepe, dotted with delicate botanical prints. For something different, this blue satin pantsuit is perfect.

Henley Regatta June 28-July 3: dress, £175, crew <a class=clothing; jacket, £275, ME+EM; shoes, £85, Boden; hat, £245, Emily London and sunglasses, £175, Aspinal” class=”blkBorder img-share” style=”max-width:100%” />

Henley Regatta June 28-July 3: dress, £175, crew clothing; jacket, £275, ME+EM; shoes, £85, Boden; hat, £245, Emily London and sunglasses, £175, Aspinal

Elsewhere, Phase Eight created a flippant capsule of red, white and blue dresses and jumpsuits for Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Whether you’re heading to London to attend Trooping the Color or manning the stand at Pimm’s at your local Jubilee party, the red and white striped maxi dress will see you through the day. The fabric is cotton rich, so it is ideal for hot days. Just like this English embroidery dress from Crew Clothing’s Henley Regatta range. Embroidery may look too bohemian to dress up, but in a belted shirt dress, it’s structured enough for a chic day. And for the Goodwood Revival, Hobbs’ teal suit will be a favorite.

Goodwood Revival 16-18 September: jacket, £229, and skirt, £129, Hobbs;  bag, £199, & shoes, £259, LK Bennett;  gloves, £99, Aspinal;  earrings, £140, carousel jewelry

Goodwood Revival 16-18 September: jacket, £229, and skirt, £129, Hobbs; bag, £199, & shoes, £259, LK Bennett; gloves, £99, Aspinal; earrings, £140, carousel jewelry

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