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MENSWEAR EXPERT MIKE DOBELL ON WHAT TO WEAR TO WIMBLEDON
One of the world’s most prestigious tennis tournaments, which attracts celebrities and royalty, is Wimbledon – the Wimbledon Championships is the biggest Grand Slam tournament and is quite unique in comparison with any other tennis competition worldwide. This tournament, founded in 1877, is steeped in tradition, bringing the English summer garden party style and sports, and requires both participants and spectators to adhere to a number of guidelines, including dress codes. Mike Dobell, CEO at Dobell – the smart man's choice for smart and formal wear – shares his top tips on how to dress for the occasion:
Although there’s no dress code at Wimbledon (as such), for general ticket holders, dressing smartly is highly encouraged for all spectators, especially if attending the Centre Court or Court Number One. Here are a few key rules and suggestions to keep in mind before selecting your outfit for the tennis:
Remember that a jacket, tie, and smart shoes are required in the exclusive box on Centre Court
A general rule applies to those men who are invited to the exclusive box on Centre Court: men must wear a jacket, tie, and shoes (hats are not required, though). If you ever find yourself with one of these invitations don’t forget this trio of items if you want to stay at the tennis court because Wimbledon rules for spectators apply to all – previously, Lewis Hamilton was denied entry once in the Royal Box on Centre Court when forgetting the jacket and tie!
Keep in mind that some hospitality areas request a smart dress code
Certain hospitality areas request clients dress on the smarter side of casual. Jackets and ties might not be compulsory in all courts, but jeans and trainers are not allowed as a general rule for gents. When it comes to an appropriate Wimbledon dress code, remember to keep it elegant and simple and, of course, use your common sense – this means no ripped jeans or tracksuits, and political slogans and marketing clothing are strictly forbidden.
Check the weather forecast and plan your outfit accordingly
Centring your look on a linen three-piece suit can help to keep you cool and warm if the sun decides to play, and you still look smart. If you’ve managed to get a ticket in the ground court you still can maintain a smart casual style wearing a navy linen blazer, combined with light linen trousers, a linen shirt, and a pair of smart men shoes. Unpredictable English summer rain is always a risk, but elegance is not incompatible with practicality. To protect your outfit against the elements, pack an umbrella, raincoat, and sunglasses to ensure all potential weather bases are covered.
Look to stylish celebrities and royalty for fashion inspiration
When it comes to what to wear, it’s all about finding a classy and elegant look without forgetting the comfort and practicality. Prince William, Marvin Humes, James Middleton, Jude Law, and David Beckham are usually on the best-dressed men list at Wimbledon, so looking to these celebrities for style inspiration can be a great place to start when planning your own outfit.
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