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Are You Wimbledon Style Ready?

Dressing for Wimbledon can be a tricky affair with dress codes, weather and comfort all to think about when putting together a stylish outfit for the day. The general dress code for Wimbledon fashion is smart and elegant with a modest and respectful undertone. But that’s not to say you can’t be playful with your style. Unlike at the races, there aren’t many formal fashion rules dictating what you can wear, so from statement prints to a variety of hemlines and quirky accessories (just don't wear anything that will obstruct the view of anyone sitting behind you in the stands), you can get as creative as you like.

Read on to feel inspired by our favourite on-trend looks to inject a Wimbledon-worthy style into your closet.

Serve up tailored style

From ball girls and boys, to umpires and spectators alike, the tailored look is very much at the heart of Wimbledon fashion. Fitted blazers, collars, shirts and blouses are all perfect looks to work into a courtside style. For detailing try button-fronted pieces, single or double-breasted can both be elegant, and play around with sleeve lengths and cuff styles – even a subtle detail can sometimes make all the difference to an overall silhouette.

A-line shapes for skirts are beautifully chic, and for trousers, try a cropped culotte or a floaty wide-legged jumpsuit. For an alternative to a classic suit, go for a summer-ready tailored shorts and jacket ensemble in a linen fabric, paired with elegant heels and a sunhat.

A shirt dress is also a great option, combining the feminine look of a dress with a more structured, tailored feel. Add a belt to create some texture to your look. A soft, self-tie belt can soften a tailored outfit, while a more structured leather look with a metallic clasp can create a bigger statement.

On point prints

A great way to smash a Wimbledon style is to keep your silhouette classic, then let loose with a showstopping print.

Try something kitsch and eccentric, such as a colourful printed summer dress, making a nod to the quintessential British summer tipple Pimms. Packed with summer fruit from oranges and lemons to strawberries, mint leaves and cool cucumber slices, any of these would make a vibrant arty design that’ll be sure to turn heads.

Another popular print is a classic floral design. A highstreet style staple during summer months, so you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a pattern to suit you. Everything from bold, brightly coloured blooms to delicate ditsy prints will look the part.

Other options synonymous with a Wimbledon style are polka dots and classic stripes. Effortlessly chic, you can’t fault a spotty shirt dress or a striped linen blouse.

Centre Court Colours

Make a nod to colours that represent the Wimbledon theme. This year mint green has made a real impact already, proving you can’t go wrong with pastel colours for this sporty summer trend. Think about incorporating soft candy pinks, icy blues and delicate violet hues.

If you’re more of a bold type, then a vibrant floral or paisley print in bright shades will make a bigger impact, while still keeping up an elegant style. Otherwise, choose one all-over colour, such as grass green or canary yellow, then balance your look with neutral accessories.

Of course, ‘tennis whites’ will always be at the height of any Wimbledon style. Wimbledon fashion actively encourages spectators to mimic on-court fashion, so many fans will enjoy dressing head to toe in white or neutral-coloured ensembles. Finish your style with contrasting accessories, such as a brightly coloured bag, belt and matching heels.

Fabrics you can’t fault

Keep your clothes lightweight and breathable. True that the forecast is often rainy, but albeit with a stiff upper lip, we’re still enjoying a British summertime! Dressing in soft organic fabrics such as cotton, viscose and silk are definitely a fitting, on-trend style to go for.

Even if you’re opting for a tailored silhouette, avoid heavy fabrics. A linen or satin suit with a pair of elegant court shoes will look absolutely knockout. Alternatively, look for a feminine Boho style, such as a floaty dress with a relaxed fit and pretty embellishments from embroidery to lace and crochet.

Denim can be a controversial talking point as to whether it’s appropriate as occasion wear. These days it is an accepted trend as long as it’s combined with other fashion styles in a way that is chic and polished, rather than casual and scruffy. Try a pair of skinny jeans or a fitted denim skirt with a tucked in blouse, a cropped blazer and a pair of closed toe court shoes for a denim look that’ll ooze sophistication.

Courtside chic silhouettes

There are no fixed rules for hemlines at Wimbledon however, the general theme is that of elegance. Any hem length can work, even a mini, so look for a style that’s a flattering for your body shape and balance the look by contrasting with other garments of opposing lengths. For example, fitted or cropped length tops and jackets will work well with maxi or midi hems, while a shorter skirt will look more stylish with an oversized blouse or tucked in shirt.

A midi silhouette, traditionally dropping to a calf length, can’t help but look sophisticated. Team with elegant heels, some statement jewellery and a matching bag. Full length maxi skirts go well with a dreamy summer Boho style. Try tiered hemlines and embroidered trims for a pretty, feminine look that’s full of shape and texture.

Asymmetric lines can make for a really interesting silhouette. A soft hanky hemmed skirt, delicate frilled or flared sleeves, or even a drop-hem midi dress would be very fitting for a day out on Centre Court.

Five dos and don’ts to ace a Wimbledon style

Don’t be disrespectful. At Wimbledon, English politeness and cordiality is key. So rule out any statement t-shirts with offensive or controversial slogans printed across them.

Do embrace tailored, elegant styles such as blazers, collars, fitted culottes and sleek A-line skirts. Choose modest hemlines to give a classically chic silhouette, then have fun with accessories to liven up your look.

Don’t be scruffy. Ripped jeans, grubby trainers and overly casual styles such as beach, gym or loungewear are not the look to go for with this trend.

Do have fun with quirky styles. English eccentricity is quintessential to Wimbledon fashion. Look for vibrant prints or accessories with a sense of humour, such as a handbag with tennis themed embellishments or a strawberry printed blouse (paying homage to the event’s infamous summer dessert!)

Don’t be too revealing. The Wimbledon overall style is classic and classy. Avoid low necklines that show excessive cleavage, and if opting for a mini length skirt or shorts, balance this out with a preppy, striped cotton pullover, a tucked in collared shirt or a tailored blazer.

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