The sporting events of the summer offer the perfect opportunity to up the ante with your style. With the World Cup covering its own back with football shirts a-plenty, it’s up to the other tournaments to allow you to present your summer look.
Now in its 137th year, Wimbledon is iconic for traditional garbs and an air of sophistication, whether you are sitting on the grass outside of the venue or enjoying your strawberries and cream while sitting in the front row.
It is also highly important to get the look right, as it completely changes from each location. On the grass, you can get away with shorts, polo shirt and sunnies, but when you’re courtside there are certain Wimbledon standards to uphold. Restricted by the WTA’s ‘prominently white clothing rule’, the players need to be very creative with their style versus their colour, but spectators can go Technicolor—as long as they look suave while doing it.
From the 23rd of June until the 6th July, all eyes will be on those stands looking for famous faces and their trendy attire. Last year saw Gerard Butler and Bradley Cooper’s Wimbledon selfie go viral while wearing similarly well-tailored suits at Andy Murray’s first Wimbledon victory. At the first championships held in 1877, there were only 200 attendees to impress with your threads but last year’s event brought in a whopping 486,898 people with this year set to beat that number again.
Kicking-off July will be the Henley Royal Regatta, which will be celebrating its 175th anniversary in this five day tournament. With even more history than Wimbledon, this is a quintessential British event that any gent worth his salt should be attending.
While the ladies wear appropriately long hem lines and fetching hats, the men will be expected to don lounge suits or blazers finished off with a tie or cravat. The Regatta’s dress code is strict in some respects but is there to emulate long-standing traditions, so be sure not to look out of place on the banks of the river in Henley-on-Thames.