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What to wear to: Wimbledon


Should I go smart or sporty? Is white a winner or a loser? And what about the weather?! Don't worry; we've got your Wimbledon outfit woes covered with Elys Personal stylist, Helen Canning Ford and her three stylish outfit choices.

What was the inspiration behind each of the outfits?

OUTFIT 1: Dress, Lauren

Necklace Mood

Wedge sandals, Hobbs

Emulating tennis whites will always be a winning look when attending Wimbledon, so a white shirt dress is ideal, with the added interest of a tiered skirt section, tie waist and midi length to add an elegant touch. The navy wedge sandals keep the outfit refined yet comfortable and the dusky blue bag keeps the overall look polished. I've finished the look with some fine, layered necklaces worn over the dress to complete the outfit.

OUTFIT 2:

Dress and blazer, Tommy Hilfiger

Wedge sandals, Flex

A blazer and dress is a great combination with the jacket adding a tailored twist to a relaxed fit shift dress. The pastel tones just shout summer and with cream and soft gold accessories the look is kept light and feminine. The long sleeves on this dress ensure that shoulders are covered to avoid catching too much sun… when it shines!

OUTFIT 3:

Dress and Jacket, Great Plains

Sandals, Esprit

For a more contemporary take on the jacket and dress idea, this bold short-sleeved shift with structural detailing will bring colour to the courts, while the white bomber shape jacket nods to the sporty occasion with a lacey finish to add texture into the mix. Keep it current with black patent and suede accessories to punctuate the outfit and avoid matching materials for your bag and shoes for a more youthful edge. The low block-heeled sandal is a great option to incorporate comfort and style while walking up and down the grandstand.

Are there any dress codes you need to follow when visiting Wimbledon?

Unlike the players at Wimbledon who have a strict dress code (white, white and more white), there are no official guidelines for spectators other than no "torn jeans, running vests, dirty trainers and sports shorts", but let's be honest, we wouldn't want to wear those for such an occasion anyway! For women, think of smart/casual as a style guide; not as dressy as for the Races, but more refined than a summer picnic.

What is the must have accessory at Wimbledon?

A great bag, sunglasses and a glass of bubbly! Aspinal of London is the perfect choice of arm candy for Wimbledon to champion a great British brand on a global stage in style.

Who are the most stylish spectators?

Kim Murray has of course had plenty of practice honing her Wimbledon style and not only are her outfits occasion-appropriate and practical (wedge sandals are ideal), they are effortlessly stylish and flattering too. Kim varies between block colour, print and fresh white dresses to keep her outfits interesting, all the while finishing with great, often neutral classic accessories.

The Duchess of Cambridge is another spectator that hits the mark when it comes to her outfits each summer at Wimbledon; like Kim, Kate wears the Little White Dress well and often nods to a sporty edge with her dresses. For real London style, Erin O'Connor is also one to watch as she brings her edgy, Brit vibe to Wimbledon.

How do you avoid getting wet at Wimbledon?

A lightweight trench coat is ideal if rain stops play at Wimbledon and a neatly packed umbrella in your bag is a must. But fingers crossed for sunshine!

Stylist: Helen Canning Ford (@elysstylist) , Elys Personal Styling Team


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