What to wear to Chelsea Flower Show

How to dress for one of Britain's most renowned social occasions

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is one of the most sophisticated events of The Season. It attracts a host of high profile guests, including senior members of the Royal Family and familiar faces from film and television. When you are deciding what to wear to Chelsea Flower Show, we recommend embracing some of the floral spring and early summer trends. After all, it is a good way to show your own appreciation towards the show.

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The weather can be a little bit temperamental at times and you need to keep this in mind when planning what to wear to Chelsea Flower Show. Be prepared to bring a mac and brolly at the last minute if rain appears on the forecast.

We also suggest comfortable footwear no matter what the weather because you will likely be on your feet for much of the day. A little height can be achieved with wedges that are easy to walk in, but smart flats are probably the way forward for those who want to spend several hours trawling the displays.

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Layers, such as a delicate cardigan and soft pashmina, will help to fend away any cool spells. Equally, a tailored jacket will also look great over an elegant dress or when matched with smart trousers.

Gentlemen should look smart for the occasion and we recommend a blazer, chinos and a collared shirt. However, a smart polo shirt will also suffice. A trilby hat and sunglasses will come in handy during spells of sunshine.


Don’t forget to pack your camera or bring your iPhone to take pictures of all the beautiful floral displays to gather inspiration for your own garden at home. There are also lots of products available with special show discounts and a shopping village where you can pick up general garden accessories and other bits and pieces.