Got Wimbledon Tickets ? Here’s How to Dress
Amongst other sporting events which have made a welcome return this Summer,we have seen the long awaited return of one of the world’s finest tennis tournaments Wimbledon. One of the last standing sports events that is still steeped in tradition and ceremony which evokes visions of all things very English from Pimms in the park to, Henman Hill. Wimbledon is a quintessential British pastime, over the past few decades guests attending Wimbledon have had to comply with a fairly strict dress code at the All England Lawn Tennis And Croquet Club. But over recent years style rules have since relaxed, however, the recent “smart casual” guidelines that are currently in place can seem even more ambiguous. And nailing the perfect smart casual look for such an event continues to be slightly challenging to achieve.
One thing that is still stipulated is that the likes of jeans and collarare unwelcome. And unless you want to face the same walk of shame as Lewis Hamilton, who was ejected in 2015 for wearing a floral shirt and fedora.Us strawberry-munching civilians may need some extra guidance to avoid any dress code faux paus – And, in my opinion, a relaxing of standards should not justify a race to the bottom. It should present an opportunity to show that we can set our own personal standards. So why not take some inspiration from my top 5 best dressed men over the past few years, who have managed to respect the dress code of Wimbledon but in their own unique way.
MY TOP 5 LOOKS OF WIMBLEDON
The sartorial savvy Contemporary classic The English gent
James Middleton: A regular down at SW19 so it’s no surprise that he is on top of the suit game. As a distant member of the Royal family the choice of a Prince Of Wales seems very appropriate. Normally seen as a classic winter check, James proves that it looks just as good in the summer in a cotton and linen mix, dressed with a suede loafer gives a very classic suit a softer feel.
Alistair Willis: Stella McCartney’s husband keeping things classic and contemporary but still respecting and upholding the classic dress code of Wimbledon by pairing a very English double breasted suit with a pair of Stan Smiths for a contemporary take on the dress code
David Beckham: Even though the dress code has been relaxed.It hasn’t stopped Mr Beckham wishing to keep honouring the traditions of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club and using seperates to create a classical English Sartorial look.
The Dandy Preppy casual
Alexander Arnold: Bringing a preppy vibe to Wimbledon, Liverpool FC right back shows how to avoid looking like Carlton from Fresh Prince of Bel Air and proves what can be done with a perfectly tapered pair of ankle-length trousers, a pink polo shirt with a navy sweater over the shoulders.