The Wimbledon style guide

Luscious lawns, ripe strawberries, fruity inebriating liquid, plenty of oohs, aahs and smattering of home talent heartbreak. Is there anything more British than the spectacle that Wimbledon brings? This week signals another season of plucky Brits in all-white hoping to make history at SW19. In reality, it’ll be a Serbian or Swiss lifting the famous trophy.

As with anything inherently associated with our isles tough, there’s a certain sense of decorum, not least when it comes to dress code. Just ask Lewis Hamilton after he last year famously couldn’t get himself past the bouncers into the Royal Box due to a sartorial mishap.

So, this is how to ace your attire at the All England Club and look as effortless as a certain seven-time champion — no matter where you’re taking the tennis in from.

Look one: Murray Mound

If you’re with the masses on the Aorangi Terrace, that’s no reason to show up in an England jersey, cargo shorts and flip flops. Resort, instead, to a louche offering that’ll rival the style on show at the Riviera: laid back, breathable fabrics, dressed up in a discerning manner.


Look two: Centre Court

If you get yourself into the main showcase, dress to rival those in the regal enclosure. No need for the restrictiveness of a tie though, break up the suit with separate trousers but expect the weather to be warm in the least — reach for cotton, linen and suede to tackle the temperature. Avoid spilling any Pimms on the trousers, though.

Look three: Royal Box

Moving up the sartorial rankings to the upper echelon of society and style. If you’ve bagged a ticket into the Royal Box, now’s the time to come suited and sort of booted. This sumptuous summer-suited jacket, in both construction and colour, will rival the best the box has to offer. Outside of that, stick to the fundamentals, classic trousers, shirt and shoes — inject a tactile edge through a knitted tie in a complimentary but contrasty tone.


And of course…

It wouldn’t be a British summer without intermittent spots of prolific downfall, best come prepared.


(Main & featured image: Reuters)

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