So you’re headed to Wimbledon? Usually attending a sporting event requires a jersey of some sort, but not Wimbledon. A venue overloaded with history and prestige that attracts some of the most well-known people in the world requires something a little more than just a jersey and shorts.
But Wimbledon isn’t as simple as throwing on your most expensive items. You have the summer heat to contend with, long matches where sitting for hours can become uncomfortable and potential outfit clashes with the staff.
Rule 1 For Wimbledon
Understand your seats
If you’re sat on a lesser known court with a few hundred people, then throwing on your best outfit would be a waste of time.
If you happened to get invited to sit with the stars, dressing down would make you feel out of place.
Therefore your first step is to analyze where you’ll be sitting and what is expected of that area.
Rule 2 For Wimbledon
Although Britain is infamous for it’s rain, it would be silly to not expect hot temperatures in July. If you’re going to wear a suit, then opt for linen and choose light colors.
You don’t want to be sat in between 20,000 people in 30 degree temperatures wearing a jet black suit made from a thick material.
At somepoint you’re going to be taking any jacket you’re wearing off. That means an unprotected shirt and potentially sweat patches.
Leave the sweat patches to the players, and save yourself with a shirt color that hides such features.
Rule 3 For Wimbledon
Be aware of what the staff are wearing
At most sporting venues this isn’t an issue, but at Wimbledon things are different. The staff are very well dressed and you could end up with the awkward moment where people think you work there.
Here’s an image of the Wimbledon staff…
It’s not unreasonable to suggest that someone would wear a blue shirt and cream pants to Wimbledon. It’s fashionable and quite a summer outfit.
However you don’t want to be the guy who gets ridiculed all day long by his friends, or mistaken by others as a Wimbledon staff member.
If in doubt as to what you should wear in a purely fashion sense, just think Beckham…