How to look your best at Wimbledon
While the summer season of sporting events sees the usual spectacle of the blue blazer and chino brigade, Wimbledon week is the best excuse to crank up your style there is. And as the tournament enters its second week, the Wimbledon ‘fashions’ aren’t just being played out on centre court, but across our social media feeds. Which celebrity spectator is attracting the most ‘likes’ for their outfit choices? Prime examples of what to wear to Wimbledon include the tailored double breasted Polo Ralph Lauren suit as worn by James Middleton, Marvin Humes’ Reiss ensemble, or the Ralph Lauren Purple Label pinstripe blazer, striped shirt and spotted silk tie worn by American journalist Derek Blasberg.
Derek Blasberg in Ralph Lauren Purple Label
So whether you’re lucky enough to get a seat courtside at Wimbledon, or just want to show your Wimbledon colours as you practice your back hand next to the office water cooler, here’s my edit of the best pieces to get you Wimbledon ready.
Jak Legacy white sneakers
While we’ve got used to white sneakers on the grass courts of Wimbledon, it’s their popularity off-court that has gained notable traction this summer. The classic white tennis trainer is a favourite for a reason; they look as great with a navy seersucker suit as with a pair of pastel chinos. These full grain leather sneakers with a contrasting natural rubber sole from JAK offer superior craftsmanship in the sleekest of styles.
Polo Ralph Lauren Cotton polo shirt
The American designer has form when it comes to dressing for Wimbledon, having kitted out all the ground staff in recent years, from umpires to ball boys. For something a little more casual, but unmistakably a favourite of SW19 this fortnight, add this cotton pique polo shirt to your sporty arsenal for that coordinating Wimbledon look. Team it with tennis whites, such as a pair of denim jeans, wide legged chinos or cotton shorts. Add your white trainers for the full Wimbledon effect.
Marvin Humes in Reiss
Hackett double breasted jacket
This British brand is well versed when it comes to blazer styles, not least as it offers up its own interpretation of the classic Henley blazers. This cotton double-breasted model addresses that fine balance of being formal, while the casual elements of the patch pockets, white buttons and comfort of the stretch cotton make it an ideal contender for a sportier event. Wear this well beyond the Wimbledon fortnight with striped Breton t-shirts, washed denim jeans and deck shoes or dress it up with crisp white cotton shirts, cotton chinos and chocolate suede loafers.
Richard James chambray shirt
Well known for bringing some colour and flair to London’s Savile Row, Richard James marries classic pieces with contemporary styling. This vintage-effect chambray cotton shirt is an excellent excuse to swap out your classic white shirt for one with a bit more personality. The semi-spread collar, plain front and mother-of-pearl buttons mean the shirt looks as good worn with a tie (as is usual at Wimbledon) or given the current warm summer weather, sans tie. Team with a plain or striped navy blazer and cotton chinos or dress up with a formal summer-weight suit.
New & Lingwood Morcott linen trousers
A pair of white or cream trousers will definitely tick the right style boxes at Wimbledon. White denim or cotton chinos certainly have their place, but this double pleat version by British tailors New & Lingwood is great for making a statement. It offers a classic British look with its high-rise, belt loops, fop pocket and two-inch turn-ups. Go full Gatsby, and wear as a complete suit with matching double breasted jacket, or break it up and team with a light summer blazer, tucked-in knitted polo top and the obligatory tennis sneakers for a more dressed down look.