Ever wondered why Wimbledon players have to wear white? Well, the tradition dates back to when the tournament began in the 1800s – it’s thought the white kept the players cool and hid any unwanted sweat patches – and it’s remained firmly in place ever since. We usually welcome change but, let’s face it, when it comes to the clothes, Wimbledon has to be the chicest sporting event of them all.
The iconic sartorial choices of the SW19 event has long fed into the wardrobes of the crowds too, as Wimbledon attendees often go for an all-white inspired look too. From Sienna Miller’s signature boho style to Meghan Markle’s love of masculine tailoring to Emma Watson’s effortless three-piece ’70’s inspired suit, there have been plenty of memorable moments over the years when it comes to Wimbledon whites, on and off the court.
With the tournament kicking off this week, we’ve rounded-up some of the best wimbledon-inspired pieces to shop, whether you’re lucky enough to have Centre Court tickets or are watching from the big screens around the city.
Although there’s no official dress code for Wimbledon spectators it does feel like an excuse to dress up. From pretty sundresses in broderie anglaise to fluid tailoring and sports-inspired polo necklines, the unofficial Wimbledon look has become effortlessly chic. Take style notes from the likes of Kate Middleton – a longtime fan of the all-white wardrobe – with beautiful fine knits an pretty pleating.
Accessories-wise, raffia always goes down as well as strawberries and cream at Wimbledon. Invest in Artesano’s grosgrain-trimmed milky-hued hat and wear it to summer events and holidays for years to come, or look to ASOS and Zara who do a great selection of raffia at affordable price points each year.
For dresses, British label Vita Grace are offering up some gorgeous little white dresses with tiered ruffles and flattering shapes, while M&S, H&M and Stories have some great creamy separates.
A big fan of Wimbledon whites, Kate Middleton nails spectator chic year after year.
With its pretty smocking, flattering tie shoulders and embroidered hemline, Zara's little white dress will become a stellar summer buy. Smarten it up with an oversized blazer thrown over the shoulders, chunky ankle-tie espadrilles and a straw boater to keep things on the right side of Wimbledon.