Wimbledon Dress Code 2017 Guide

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Wimbledon has a strict dress code for the players, but there are no specific guidelines for spectators. However in practice, like most of the more refined important annual sports events in the UK, there is a definite unofficial dress code and dressing somewhat smartly is definitely encouraged.

 

Wimbledon Players Dress Code

If you’re interested in just how strict the guidelines are for the players, the main points include:

  • White must be worn. Off-white or cream is not acceptable
  • Colour trims are permitted but must be no wider than 1cm
  • Patterns are allowed but any solid mass of colour must be no wider than 1cm
  • Shoes must be white with no large brand logos
  • Undergarments must be white
  • Even medical supports should be white if possible.

 

Wimbledon Spectators Dress Code Guidelines

“Torn jeans, running vests, dirty trainers and sports shorts” are the only items that are outright banned for Debenture ticket holders only, but tailored shorts are ok.

Some hospitality areas within the grounds of Wimbledon prohibit jeans and trainers and the dress code is also stricter within the Member’s Enclosure, where men must wear a lounge suit or tailored jacket, shirt, and tie.

In general, you should aim for smart casual. Choose a summery outfit with adequate adaptations for the British weather (a cardigan and waterproofs just in case) and remember you don’t need to be as dressed up as you would for occasions like

 

Wearing White

After reading the player’s dress code you’ve probably realised that Wimbledon officials are pretty obsessed with the colour white. This colour preference also spills over to the onlookers and you’ll see more people dressed in white on Centre Court than any other colour, although officially pretty much anything goes.

White can be a tricky colour for everyone to pull off, if you’d like to stick with the favourite colour of Wimbledon but want to try a slightly more forgiving shade, try cream.

 

Suitable Outfits for Women

You should think summery when choosing your outfit but avoid anything too short, too tight, or too revealing. As there is very little shade it’s also a good idea to go for slightly higher necklines, avoid spaghetti strap or strapless styles, and use plenty of sunscreen.

Mid length floaty summer dresses are a good choice, with a complementary cardigan or jacket for covering up in cooler weather. Jumpsuits are also very on trend this year and perfectly acceptable to wear to Wimbledon.

Wimbledon is not the place for extravagant fashion and most of the looks are simple and classic. You can add interest to a solid-colour dress with jewellery and accessories. Sunglasses are a must to protect your eyes from glare on a sunny day, as is a sun hat unless you’re sitting in Centre Court.

When it comes to footwear, it’s best to go for comfortable summer sandals with a block or wedge heel, even though you’ll probably be sitting down for most of the day. Stiletto heels can be difficult when you’re climbing the grandstand to find your seat and you may have a long walk from your transport to the event.

 

Suitable Outfits for men

Jackets and ties are not obligatory except within the Member’s Enclosure.

Denim is now acceptable but if you choose to wear jeans, go for a more tailored and smarter look and avoid distressed finishes. It’s also a good idea to balance the more casual look of jeans with a smarter shirt and optional jacket.

Just as white is a popular choice for women attending Wimbledon, a light coloured suit can be a great choice for men. Consider linen for a less formal and more summery feel.

Trainers are acceptable but they should at least be clean and on the smarter side if you choose to wear them.

 

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