WIMBLEDON

GUIDE TO BRITISH STYLE

What to wear to Wimbledon

The world’s oldest tennis tournament, Wimbledon is a leading international sporting event but it still retains its British garden party tournament roots. Strawberries and cream, picnics and Pimm's are the order of the day and members of the British Royal Family and aristocracy are often in attendance.

But while the players famously have to wear all white when they take to the grass courts, dress codes for spectators are more relaxed. Jeans and trainers are permitted and many spectators opt for a smart casual look. Here’s our guide to what to wear:

ON CENTRE COURT

Wimbledon’s main court is home to the Royal Box, meaning there may well be some high-profile spectators in attendance. While comfort is key – it could be a long day – celebrities and royalty will have thought carefully about their look, so you may want to opt for a slightly smarter outfit.

For women, a summery wrap dress is ideal as it will keep you cool when the sun’s out and looks great with a lightweight blazer thrown over the shoulders if temperatures drop. High heels are not recommended by the All England Club as you’ll be walking over grass, but a low wedge or canvas sneaker is perfect.

For men, chinos and a linen shirt is the classic combination but if you want to keep things cooler, a tailored short and polo shirt hit the right note. Give a nod to sporting heritage with white vintage-style trainers and a cotton cricket sweater in case of cloud cover.

ON MURRAY MOUND

If you’re watching the matches on the big screen with a Grounds Pass ticket, go for a slightly more casual look, but bear in mind that flip flops are not encouraged – trainers will prevent people treading on your toes.

For women, a slim-fitting polo shirt and tailored shorts, are comfortable, flattering and give off a sporty vibe. Choose white and pale hues if you want to acknowledge your setting and take inspiration from Serena Williams by adding a sun visor to protect your eyes.

For men, a baseball cap will stop you squinting at the screen and beige shorts and a striped or white T-shirt will give that casual British summer look.

IN UNCERTAIN WEATHER 

While Centre Court now has a retractable roof, other areas of the grounds are open to the elements. It’s always a good idea to pack high-quality sunglasses to protect your eyes, alongside a sweater and a waterproof. Always go prepared - after all, this is England.

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