What to wear to Wimbledon? Wimbledon is gripped with tennis fever as the world descends onto SW19 for one of England’s most famous tournaments of all time. The next two weeks are blocked out on my social calendar and I’m busy checking out the ultimate in sartorial standards, the style do’s and don’ts on the court and off the court…where the ladies shop and what to wear to Wimbledon this year.
It’s a style that can only be described as Wimbledonian. A smart British summer style with a fresh, fun twist.
Dress codes for players is pretty strict (white, white, or hang on, white, and absolutely no bright), but has somewhat relaxed for visitors – though no ripped jeans, string vests (!), dirty trainers or sports shorts. Bare midriffs are frowned upon. Getting dressed up is part of the fun, so make the effort to find your true inner English quintessential style through serving up a pop of colour or a volley of tennis whites.
Just remember to layer up – the English weather is certainly varied, (*understatement) – shock showers or humid heat can appear in bursts throughout the day.
Smart tailored shorts are allowed and trainers have been given a new ‘style’ lease of life in recent years so smart trainers or sneakers and slide ons are now allowed. White rubber platforms and espadrille slippers are good flat choices.
If you’re strolling around to soak up the atmosphere you’ll be on your feet (maybe picking your way through the crowds on Murray Mount) as well as sitting so comfort is key; wedges, espadrille slippers, lower block heel or smart t bar flats are great options, but flip flops are not recommended.
Be notably smart, but not wedding smart, go for summer elegance. And certainly no wide brimmed hat obscuring the views…a midi-panama will ace your look (try Davina Mulford). Visors, mirrored shades or oversized sunglasses to shield from the glare will set you up nicely for the day. Cross body bags are essential for style and safety, or natural woven seagrass/straw tote with pom poms (could carry the strawberries and cream)…think Fallon & Royce bags.
If you’re worried about staining an all white outfit with strawberries and pimms, go summer floral dress, but not cocktail (that would be a fault). Smash this look by keeping it fresh and breezy. Not too short and not too tight. There’s a lot of walking around, sitting, standing…it can be a long day if rain delays play, so remain comfortable at all times. Good hem lengths are key; knee, mid calf or long to your ankle (but mind the tripping). Floaty, fun fabrics are the best choice for ease of wear and an airy feel.
Piajeh: Camilla Maxi Dress, £669. From Piajeh Wimbledon Village.
Dressed up, high waisted (yet loose) trousers remain a wardrobe staple, worn with floaty floral blouse and fun espadrilles this look screams easy English-chic and also doubles up to protect from any inclement weather.
The weather can be temperamental, so layer up…or go low risk with a long sleeved floral top, but always modernise this look with denim or a cool, kitch jacket.
For top match points and to avoid any sartorial mistakes, follow the Grand Slam formula for making a style statement this year at Wimbledon 2017:
- Pretty like the English summer
- Wear Yellow – the first colour your eye sees – will ensure you’re seen on the telly
- Floral, modernised.
- Fresh, bright whites with a pom-pom twist
- Luscious layers and sun protection.
- Comfortable fabrics and favourable footwear.
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