What Not to Wear to Wimbledon
Tennis at Wimbledon
The summer of sport is firmly underway and fortunately it is showing no signs of slowing up anytime soon. For the last two weeks every man’s dream has come true and despite having to continually explain what the offside rule is or why watching Egypt vs Saudia Arabia is so important (oh, and the fact that Germany went out in the group stages) we might just have a chance of the World Cup coming home this year.
The World Cup has taken many of us by storm this year and if you haven’t already let your wife know, now is a good time to inform her that the sporting Gods have come together to arrange the remaining World Cup fixtures roughly around the start of Wimbledon. So yes, that does mean you can flit between the greatest tennis event and the greatest football event in the world every day for the next few weeks. #Heaven
What to Wear to Wimbledon
Wimbledon has been taking place at the All England Tennis Club for the last 125 years and in that time it has become one of the most popular events of the year. Not only for the exceptional tennis that is played, but also for the fashion that surrounds the tournament.
The All English Tennis Club has a strict dress code and has famously barred Lewis Hamilton in the past for not adhering to the jacket and tie policy. Among the grounds the dress code is more relaxed than on centre court; however you are encouraged to dress smart. Here’s our list of things NOT to wear at Wimbledon this summer.
Even among the grounds flip flops will be frowned upon, if not prohibited. All spectators are encouraged to dress smart and flip-flops or sliders definitely do not tick this box.
Alternatively you should opt for a pair of casual shoes and try to avoid trainers where possible as these are also not well received. A pair of casual shoes such as boat shoes will keep your outfit smart whether you are wearing shorts or trousers.
Ok, so shorts are not completely prohibited and in fact they are generally accepted among the grounds, however, they must be tailored or at least slightly formal (think chinos or tailored shorts).
Shorts to avoid would be; cargos, sweat shorts, sports shorts, denim shorts and any shorts that sport large logos.
Your two safest bets here are to opt for chinos trousers or shorts.
Once again the key factor to remember is that you need to keep your dress code relatively smart. Any t-shirts that are sporting large logos, politically influenced messages or signs will be refused entry. So if you’re heading to Wimbledon then leave the AthLeisure gear at home.
Instead of a t-shirt opt for a polo or oxford shirt. Both work particularly well with boat shoes and chinos and they most definitely tick the smart-casual box.
Currently the need to layer up is about as important as the need to know the digits of pie past the 3 decimal. However, the weather may change and if it does then you need to be prepared. Hoodies are out. You will not be allowed in wearing a hoodie. Therefore, team your chinos with a light knit jumper and if it gets hot then you can always tie it over your shoulder to achieve a similar smart look.
When in Wimbledon
Remember when dressing for Wimbledon that you want to keep things relatively formal. Avoid anything with large logos and try to steer away from sportswear, on the day this will steer you clear from any red faced moments.
Check out our formal wear here. #STANDOUT