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On court, the men’s singles winner at Wimbledon was Novak Djokovic for the fifth time, prevailing in a tight five-set final against the (always-debonair) Roger Federer. Simona Halep pipped Serena Williams to the ladies’ crown.
But there’s inevitably a secondary battle at the home of tennis. Wimbledon’s heritage and tradition have always ensured a suave and sophisticated crowd, with celebrities invited as guests of major sponsors such as Evian, Polo, Ralph Lauren, Lanson Champagne, IBM and Oppo.
To secure a coveted seat in the Royal Box on Centre Court, a certain style is required. After all, in 2015, racing driver Lewis Hamilton was refused entry to the box because he wasn’t smart enough.
Wimbledon’s dress code stipulates a jacket, tie and shoes. That’s the bare minimum. Beyond that, a distinctive personal statement will get you splashed across the pages of the broadsheets and fashion magazines. So let’s see who aced it at Wimbledon.
Before we consider the famous faces invited to the 2019 Championships, an honourable mention must be made of the on-court officials.
Thanks to prestigious sponsor Polo Ralph Lauren, in place since 2006, the chair and line umpires dress head to toe in uniforms befitting a garden party at an English country house.
The officials dressed for the occasion in elegant, classic navy blazers and cream trousers. Even the ball boys and girls wear the Polo couture, in the form of navy polo shirts and sporty shorts.
The best-dressed male celebrities at Wimbledon
Drawing inspiration from that look was record producer Dev Hynes, who wore a preppy, baggy take on the Ralph Lauren staples.
Also among the well-heeled crowd in the Royal Box this year was actor Jude Law in navy double-breasted blazer, beige trousers and pristine white shirt and tie, a nod to the players’ all-white rule and a move echoed by all-in-white wife Phillipa Coan.
Former footballer and fashion icon David Beckham is a regular at SW19. This year, he opted for a camel jacket with tweed trousers and patterned pocket square. A blue pinstripe shirt and black tie might not seem the obvious choices to wear underneath, but they kind of work.
Actor James Norton exhibited a cool summer charm in pink Ralph Lauren with crisp white shirt. Note the fashionable no-break trouser legs.
Fashion model Oliver Cheshire all but copied that look, although with more of a half-break and a cool pair of shades hanging from his pocket (image: David M. Benett).
Actor Jonah Hauer-King looked cool in single-breasted navy, while offering a nod to the sporting occasion in a pair of tennis sneakers.
James Middleton, brother of the Duchess of Cambridge, sported a Ralph Lauren Prince Of Wales winter classic that somehow also worked in the English summer sun.
Finally, Justin O’Shea, founder of menswear label SSS World Corp, managed to achieve both impeccable and unique, with an all-white, high-peak-lapel, Wimbledon-friendly Lauren suit teamed with tennis-inspired tie (image: Chris Allerton). As perfect as a Djokovic backhand.
Book an appointment with our Personal Stylists in your city for advice on looking the part when attending high-brow (and often high-fashion) events like Wimbledon.