Chaps and chappettes

July 19, 2013

Last Saturday I was in London for one of the funniest events in the calendar – the annual Chap Olympiad! This is organized by the lovely people over at The Chap Magazine. If you have never heard of it I definitely recommend taking a look at their website and quiçá signing up for it. I know I have.

The Chap Olympiad is humorous and entails competing in a large range of difficult sports like ‘Passing the Port’, ‘Bread Basketball’ or ‘Not playing Tennis’. In the end the bronze, silver and gold cravates were awarded to those who had exhibited the most sporting prowess. I am glad to be able to say that I knew the gentleman who won the first prize – remember Russell Nash, the really nice tour guide? Well done!

The event was held at Bedford Square Gardens, which was closed to the public for this function. Besides watching the sports, you could sit on the grass and have a picnic, walk around and see some of the wares on sale (not a lot of stalls but I don’t think most people were there to shop anyway), have a ‘vintage massage’, a new vintage inspired hairdo, sweeties, ice cream and other things to eat. Cloudy lemonade and Pimm’s flowed freely and were extremely refreshing on a very hot day. One of the best things to do was of course, walking around and marvel at the dapper gentlemen and well dressed ladies. In the age of casual wear, dressing to the nines is the ultimate act of rebellion. Turn your revolt into style!

What I wore: Minty Dress – Dorothy Perkins (via Ebay), Bag – good old faithful camera (and everything else) bag from Target, Matching Pearl Necklace, Earrings and Bracelet Set – JC Penneys (present from Mr D’s Grandma), Hair Flower – H&M (on sale), Black Shoes (unseen) – Peacocks.

The spirits were high, there was a good atmosphere and although I got there a bit later than expected I still had a great time. I am definitely a convert to the Chap Olympiad and I hope to be there again next year.


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  • Reply PinkCheetahVintage July 20, 2013 at 00:07

    This looks so fun! Love the out door picnic style and all the lovely dressed people 🙂

  • Reply Connie* July 20, 2013 at 00:24

    Another amazing post!. How much fun! That photo with the fan looks like it came right out of “Downton Abbey.” While I was researching The Chaps on wikipedia I got a flash email that The Gap is having sale, right after I read that The Chaps protested the building of a Gap in London! Yikes! I’m caught in the middle!

  • Reply Loulou July 20, 2013 at 06:10

    What a fun and interesting event this looks to have been! You and everyone you photographed look so good. Must have kept you smiling and laughing the whole time.

  • Reply pastcaring July 20, 2013 at 07:36

    So many interesting and stylish outfits, looks like a great day out. It’s really fabulous to see so many people making the effort and dressing up. Love your minty green broderie anglaise dress! xxxx

  • Reply SACRAMENTO July 21, 2013 at 20:28

    Love, love love all the pics and the pretty dress sara, ahhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • Reply Hollie July 21, 2013 at 20:53

    Oh what fun! I’ve never heard of anything like that! I think I have an idea for my next event!

  • Reply Andrea Deal July 23, 2013 at 18:29

    How fun! Great photos 🙂

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