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A Court Style History

With Wimbledon in full swing, we’ve been putting together court-side worthy looks using our current collections here at Jules B. Drawing inspiration from A-List spectators, in the Stylefile this week we’re taking a closer look at Wimbledon celebrity style through the years… remembering the most notable ensembles, and those that should have probably stayed off-court!

The most experienced woman in supporter-style, Kim Sears (married to tennis mogul, Andy Murray) is under great pressure each year to score a winning set of warm-weather wear for the Wimbledon paparazzi. When we first met Kim back in 2006, she was sporting a tweed jacket, a turquoise jumper and baggy jeans: no style points scored for that one Kim! Luckily over the years Sear’s sense of quintessential summer style has improved dramatically including that time she sported a Parental Advisory slogan sweater to shun any cute girl-next door appeal she might have once had. Kim recently stepped out in a silky floral shirt dress: very pretty but questionably practical in the British breeze! Today Sears is preened and polished, rarely spotted without a bouncy blow-dry and elegant wedge sandals… now this is a 21st century style transformation we can appreciate! Take inspiration from Kim’s most recent Wimbledon look and browse our collection of summer-stunning dresses and sandals.

Our best of the rest includes the American Vogue editor at large, Anna Wintour, who you’d probably expect to prove an interesting case study for style evolution but sadly, Wintour wore practically the same dress in 2010 as she did in 2014 and this week… we do love a patterned pencil dress for summer, but we’d love to see Anna switch it up a little, or even sport a new pair of shades

Speaking of shades, trendsetters about centre court are often keen to make a statement. In 2014, Hugh Jackman did exactly this. Supposedly preparing for an up and coming film role, the actor’s facial hair hit the back of the net with its extremity. Complemented by a sand-coloured two-piece, it’s very possible that Jackman confused going to Wimbledon with being a secret agent. But at least he got the lightly-hued suit memo, along with Vernon Kay and John Legend pictured below. If you want to make like an A-lister and like these gentlemanly choices, shop our range of sharp suits online now.

 On court, even the players are rallying stylish sportswear, working closely with their sponsors for the most aerodynamic performance pieces. Despite this, our favourite fabulous fashion moment has got to be Serena Williams shocking spectators in 2008, in a Nike trench coat, in July, playing in the most famous final tournament in the world…exceedingly impractical. Nevertheless, it’s got to be an improvement on playing in a corset and petticoat (!!) all hail Maud Watson, circa Wimbledon 1884. Serena’s number was also much less controversial than in 1949 when Gussie Moran’s became the first ever female knicker-flasher! Who knew Wimbledon was such a center for style evolution.

But who wins the Jules B award for serving up the best Wimbledon style of all time?  Year after year, representing Britain and preened in an array of summer pastels, with a hat to match… Her Majesty the Queen, of course. Game, set, match.

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