If only it was as easy for us as it is the tennis pros whose white, and white only, strict dress code keeps wardrobe maneuvering to the minimum. But for those of us with a ticket rather than a racket in our hand, what should we be sporting for a day on center court and is white really the done thing?
Firstly, there is no formal dress code to follow for spectators at Wimbledon. Even if you have a Debenture ticket for Centre Court, recent changes to the rules even allow shorts and t-shirts. If you are in the Royal Box however (usually reserved for the royals and A-listers by invitation only), it is certainly advisable to dress up. Floral and print dresses, skirts and blouses and perhaps a jacket (weather depending) are all more than acceptable, and for the gents, well most will wear a suit and tie in the Royal Box, or a blazer if you’re David Beckham. Everywhere else, pretty much anything goes, but as one of Britain’s favourite summertime events, why not enjoy getting dressed up.
Dressy Look. From left: dress: Erdem, jacket: Lanvin sunglasses: Illevesta, shoes: Gianvito Rossi, bag: Alaia
It’s a big yes to white, as both the Duchess of Cambridge and Kim Sears (Andy Murray’s wife) have both been seen in white dresses at Wimbledon. White also happens to be one of the best colours to wear in the summer as it reflects the sun and keeps you cool. Just watch you don’t spill your Pimms or drop your scone from you cream tea. Team white with tan, gold and navy for a super chic finish and go with lace for a dressy finish and cotton, jersey and broderie anglaise for a more casual look.
White dress look. From left: sunglasses: Bottega Veneta, dress: See by Chloé, jacket: Saint Laurent, shoes: Chistian Louboutin, bag: Sophie Hulme
If you don’t make it to one of the courts and find yourself with the masses picnicking on the grass of Henman Hill/Murray Mound, a skirt or shorts with a top and flats will be the most practical option. And don’t worry; a lot of people don’t dress up to the nines, so you won’t be alone.
Casual look. Sandals: Christian Louboutin, bag: Chloé, sunglasses: Illevesta, shirt: Vivienne Westwood Anglomania, skirt: T by Alexander Wang.
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Depending on the weather, and yes Wimbledon can often be a scorcher, palazzo pants are also a stylish alternative if you want to keep your legs under wraps and can be dressed up or down. Black and white or navy and white give a classic and preppy finish, which is a nice touch at an historic event like Wimbledon.
Trousers look. Bag: McQ by Alexander McQueen, sunglasses: Saint Laurent, top: Victoria Beckham, trousers: Valentino, shoes: Jimmy Choo
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Sunglasses and a decent carryall bag are a must. A tote is ideal so you can come armed with sun lotion, water, a hat, make-up and even an umbrella. When it comes to shoes, this is completely up to you. Heels always give that extra added elegance and height, but you may have to totter on grass and be on your feet all day. Flats or wedges might be a more practical option.
Wimbledon 29th June – 12th July 2015, www.wimbledon.com