Wimbledon kicked off this week to glorious sunshine, attracting a host of royalty and celebrities to its South West London grounds for a spot of spectating and strawberries and cream. If you’ll be heading there this year to see some world-class tennis, you’ll want to look the part.
Sartorial requirements for spectators have relaxed in recent years, with the jeans ban having been lifted and shirt and tie no longer being required in the members’ area. There is still, however, an unspoken rule that attendees should put the effort in, and there’s sure to be plenty of ultra-fashionable men and women taking their seats alongside you. If you’ll be watching on television rather than at the grounds, grab yourself a Pimm’s and take inspiration from our Wimbledon style guide to see you through any semi-formal summer events you have lined up.
A floral dress is an effortless option for court-side glamour, with a printed maxi style being a fail-safe summer staple that’s sure to make a statement. Take style inspiration from Caroline Issa pictured above by opting for a chic pair of sandals rather than stilettos – they’ll make it much easier to navigate the stands and move from court to court, and your feet will thank you for it at the end of the day.
Literal dressing is a key trend at Wimbledon, often employed by chic celebs and royals as a fun fashion statement. While you don’t have to do a Kate Middleton and opt for a sporty styled cream knitted dress, wearing white (like Vanessa Kirby pictured above) is a stylish option. A pleated white dress with a splash of colour nods to the tennis theme without going overboard and you can add colourful accessories for a distinctive finishing touch.
Smart-casual ensembles are the ideal solution when dressing for Wimbledon, as the absence of a stringent dress code means you can wear whatever you like – almost. Be wary of going too casual, but don’t be afraid to show off your individual style with chic separates and laid-back footwear. Suki Waterhouse achieved an effortlessly cool look in a colourful cropped shirt and skirt, while Cressida Bonas opted for a mustard yellow dungaree dress styled with a classic white tee for an on-trend laid-back look. Separates could just well be a godsend at Wimbledon, as they are less prone to creasing than dresses and jumpsuits and won’t leave you looking dishevelled after all that sitting. For that effortlessly polished look, you could also try a plain t-shirt paired with a statement skirt or a printed maxi dress styled with trainers.
Even since Wimbledon’s strict dress code was relaxed back in 2014, erring on the smarter side of ‘smart-casual’ is your safest bet. You can’t go wrong with a classic shirt and tie combo if you’re looking to achieve a style-savvy look, as showcased above by David Beckham and Johannes Huebl. Both take on the trend with a twist by wearing more relaxed trousers, with white being a stylish summery option perfect for sitting court-side.
You don’t have to wear a tie to look smart in your suit, as proven by the oh-so suave Stormzy, Ollie Proudlock and Max Rogers. Keep your t-shirt or polo tailored for a well-edited look and pair with a smart blazer, but feel free to be more adventurous when choosing your trousers and footwear. Stormzy opted for a pair of box-fresh sneakers to complete his smart-casual look, while Max chose an on-trend pair of white jeans to create his handsome ensemble.
Wimbledon is a great opportunity to experiment with colour while keeping your look smart and stylish. Jack Guinness sported a handsome pinstripe blazer for an individual look, while James Norton chose a tennis court-inspired green blazer to dress up his dark jeans and shirt combo. Douglas Booth took on the tonal dressing trend and won, sporting a sandy suit and unbuttoned white shirt perfect for summer styling. We also love these celebs’ choice of shoes – especially Jack’s snake-emblazoned Gucci loafers.