Wimbledon 2019 is due to begin on 1 July so it’s time to stock up on strawberries and cream and hope the weather behaves. If you’re lucky enough to have tickets for this year, you’ll also need to know about the dress code so you can decide what to wear to Wimbledon 2019.
Luckily, the spectator dress code isn’t as strict as the players’ dress code, which demands white everything (no off-white or cream), with a colour trim permitted of no wider than one centimetre.
Wimbledon Spectator Dress Code 2019
There’s no specific dress code for spectators at Wimbledon, although smart dress is expected. Spectators at the Centre and Number One Courts must wear “smart casual” dress. Of course what exactly this means is open to interpretation.
For men, jackets and ties are not required, except in the Member’s Enclosure, although they’re a common choice.
There are a few items that are not allowed. These include:
– Torn jeans
– Running vests
– Dirty trainers
– Sports shorts
– Clothing with large logos or political slogans.
You may want avoid jeans and trainers completely, as they may be prohibited in some hospitality areas, although they’re ok for wearing to the courts.
If the current British heat wave continues, you may be glad to hear that tailored shorts are permitted.
For those who have been lucky enough to score tickets to the Royal Box, a suit and tie for men and smart dress for women is a must.
What to Wear to Wimbledon
For women, white is the predominant colour, and summer dresses are popular. Choose your outfit as if you’re dressing for a midsummer wedding and you’ll be thinking along the right lines.
However, note that large hats are frowned on at Wimbledon as they can block the view of other spectators. Instead, accessorise with sunglasses to cut out the glare on those extra-sunny days, and add a scarf, which will also be useful to keep the chill off if the temperatures drop, or to protect your skin from burning on a sunny day.
Speaking of temperatures dropping, it’s always a good idea to dress in layers to cover all possibilities of the changeable British weather. Make sure to bring a jacket or lightweight coat that matches your outfit so you won’t get cold if the sun doesn’t decide to make an appearance.
It’s also a good idea to wear comfortable shoes, as you’ll probably be spending a lot of time on your feet and the grounds cover quite a distance. Opt for flats, block-heels, or wedges over stilettos.
– You can’t go wrong with a floral print dress, whether you opt for a tailored or floaty silhouette. While some celebrities have sported mini skirts in the past, it’s a safer option to choose a midi or maxi length.
– Loose cotton trousers teamed with a tailored shirt. Last year the Duchess of Sussex wore a Ralph Lauren blue striped shirt tucked into a pair of cream wide-leg trousers
– White will never look out of place at Wimbledon and if there’s anywhere you’re going to pull off an all-white outfit, this is it. Take inspiration from Emma Watson who wore an off-white three-piece trouser suit, also by Ralph Lauren, and a matching hat.
– A floral print blazer teamed with matching shorts and a simple white blouse makes for a sweet and feminine look and bridges the gap between formal and casual perfectly.
For men, although a suit isn’t required, it’s still a good option. Opt for lightweight breathable fabrics such as linen.
White can work equally well for men at Wimbledon. Pair an off-white blazer with trousers or tailored shorts for a more casual alternative to a suit, or team crisp white trousers with a navy jacket for a nautical feel. Wearing a suit with a t-shirt and loafers is another option to create a casual but smart outfit
What to Wear to Henman Hill / Murray Mount
White may be the most popular colour on the courts but if you’ll be watching the action from Henman Hill, or Murray Mount, it’s best avoided – at least on your lower half. Instead opt for colours that won’t show up the grass stains as much.
The mood is decidedly more casual here and pretty much anything goes. If you want to dress up nicely to make the most of the occasion, you won’t look out of place. However, if you’d rather wear your comfiest shorts and t-shirt, that’s fine too. Just don’t forget sunscreen and a wide brimmed hat to protect you from the sun – there is no shade to be found here.