One weekend. Two iconic sporting events.
Here in the borders we’ll be trucking along to The Greenyards to watch the Melrose 7s whilst down by the Thames crowds will gather to watch history. For the first time ever the Women’s Rowing Teams from Oxford and Cambridge will compete at 4.50pm, ahead of the men, 5.50pm, over the same distance, rather than taking their usual spot at Henley.
Both these events are social and sporting highlights on the calendar. Melrose takes on a festival atmosphere for the international event. There is an official after event party but it’s safe to say the whole town will be jumping. Tickets are still available: Melrose 7s.
Whilst all along the banks of the Thames between Putney and Mortlake spectators will be sipping Pimms and picnicking as the atmosphere builds through the day. Time Out has produced a great guide to the event and the best pubs from which to view the action.
So the only decisions are, which one? And what to wear?
The Melrose 7s – Looking Smart
If you’re lucky enough to have tickets for the hospitality at the Melrose 7s then a bit of spit and polish is definitely in order. A splendid Magee Tweed Sports Jacket with smart shirt in complimentary colours, brushed cotton trousers by RM Williams and a classic pair of RM Williams Comfort Craftsman will fit the bill perfectly.
The Melrose 7s – Looking Relaxed
Just going along to enjoy the sport and atmosphere of the crowd? Then go for a more relaxed, sporty look. Dubarry’s Driscoll rugby shirt couldn’t be more appropriate, it will keep you warm beneath the Starboard Jacket should the weather turn, as will the RM Williams moleskin jeans, which tone brilliantly with the sturdy Waterville boots by Dubarry.
The Boat Race
Down on the water tradition dictates it absolutely has to be a striped blazer. This is a dashing look with a wide regimental striped tie, plain shirt and dapper shoes. Complete the look with smart trousers in a neutral colour and iconic braces by Albert Thurston.
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