Style & BeautyWhat to Wear for Wimbledon

What to Wear for Wimbledon

When you think of the ultimate British summer event, the annual Wimbledon Tennis Championship must be at the top of everyone’s lists. Wimbledon has been part of the summer Season since 1877. More than just a prestigious sporting event it’s a name that combines tennis with fashion, as well-known and loved for the strawberries and Pimms and elegant English style as for the on-court action.

Dressing for Wimbledon

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If you’ve been fortunate enough to have obtained tickets to Wimbledon and it’s your first time, you’ll probably find yourself wondering what to wear. To a certain extent what would be suitable attire depends on whether you’re a debenture holder with access to the Centre Court lounge, or a ground admission ticket-holder sitting on Henman Hill with a picnic basket. Spectators in members and corporate hospitality areas are typically well turned out even though it’s not obligatory, with smart-casual to smart being the norm. There’s no formal dress code for general spectators and you can wear what you want, although many treat it as a wonderful excuse to dress up. Wherever you’re sitting though, it’s sensible to be prepared for all the vagaries of an English summer’s weather and make sure you’re going to be comfortable for the whole day.

Just in time for the release of tickets, here are our top tips for dressing for Wimbledon.

Smart Jeans

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Torn jeans are explicitly banned for debenture holders and best avoided by everyone. That’s not to say you can’t wear your favourite denim even at Centre Court – a good, well-fitting pair of jeans can be smartened up with a pretty top and a tailored jacket or blazer. If you’re going to be joining the crowds to watch the games on the big screen at Henman Hill/Murray Mount trousers are a much more sensible choice than a skirt or dress as you’ll likely find yourself sitting on the grass.

Summer Dress

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Many Wimbledon visitors embrace the summer feeling in a pretty day dress. While florals are a perennial favourite, summer shades of mint, lemon and navy also look incredibly stylish and sophisticated. Mid-length dresses in cotton and floaty fabrics will keep you comfortable but still at the top of your fashion game.

Wear White

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An all-white ensemble is mandatory for the players, but white is totally on-theme and wonderfully summery for spectators too. If a white dress or all-white outfit is a bit too intimidatingly pristine for you, a crisp white shirt looks totally chic and makes a wonderful contrast to bold or colourful accessories.

Jacket

Don’t forget to bring a jacket! British weather is notoriously unpredictable, and even on a warm day it’s easy to feel chilled sitting in the stands. A lightweight linen blazer is smart but seasonal, perfect to slip on as an extra layer when you need the warmth and doubling up as a handy cover-up from the sun too. Short cotton trench coats and lightweight waterproof cotton jackets offer stylish protection from showers.

Footwear

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Even though you might be sitting down to watch the on-court action you’ll probably find that you’ll do quite a lot of walking around too, so footwear you can wear comfortably all day is a must. “Dirty trainers and sports shorts” are barred for debenture holders, and flip-flops and high heels are not recommended for practical reasons if you plan on moving out of the corporate hospitality tent. The most comfortable and stylish choices are smart, clean trainers such as Stan Smiths or Vans, soft leather brogues or flat pumps.

Cover Up

Even in England, the sun can easily scorch and you may find yourself sitting without shade for hours. The most stylish way to protect yourself from the sun is a straw hat, pashmina and glamorous sunglasses, and don’t forget the SPF 50 too. It’s also a good idea to take an umbrella – if the weather’s kind and you don’t need protection from rain, you can use it to keep the sun off instead!

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