The history of the Wimbledon dress code dates back to the Victorian Era, players had to wear a strictly white uniform due to the belief that it revealed less sweat. The exact wording is that the outfit must be “suitable tennis attire that is almost entirely white […] white does not include off-white or cream.” Although this does not leave much room for personal flare, tennis professionals have been pushing the boundaries for decades to fight for their right to look fashionable. A few stand outs that come to mind are Serena William’s 2008 all-white trench coat; Maria Sharapova’s 2008 tuxedo-inspired top; and Bethanie Mattek-Sands’ 2011 Lady Gaga-inspired jacket. Although these aren’t all necessarily fantastic lewks, what is truly commendable are these ladies’ refusals to give up easy. To celebrate these brave women as well as the historical grass-court classic, I will perform an examination of some trends on and off the court to find Wimbledon’s best outfits.
Adidas x Palace
The cheeky 90’s-inspired skateboarding and streetwear London brand Palace has taken Wimbledon’s Centre Court by storm with their newest collaboration with Adidas. The collection came jam packed with everything an athlete might need on match day: white tracksuits, shorts, polos, caps, headbands, etc., and in all seriousness: the pieces are really quite nice. I am particularly partial to the large, plainly branded umbrella! However, despite their best efforts to disrupt the tradition of Wimbledon through their sardonic clothing, this could be viewed as a real overhead winner for Palace as many of the Adidas-sponsored players can be seen wearing their gear while fighting it out for tennis supremacy.
Game, first set, Palace.
Roger Federer’s Move to Uniqlo
After accomplishing a world’s best 20 Grand Slam singles titles in 21 years with sportswear giant, Nike, Roger Federer has finally decided to officially jump ship to sign a lucrative long-term deal with Uniqlo, becoming the Japanese brand’s newest global ambassador. Interestingly enough, however, it has been noted by Tennis World USA that Uniqlo does not actually produce tennis sneakers, therefore the Swiss superstar will likely continue having to wear his favorite Nikes. This move seems pretty on-brand for Roger seeing as he has previously held endorsements with the likes of Gillette, Rolex, and Lindt over the course of his career. I am interested to see if this switch is able to take Uniqlo’s athletic wear in more interesting directions; don’t get me wrong, I love their basics, but at what point is it all just bland? I don’t see them coming up with one of Wimbledon’s best outfits anytime soon.
Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake
Jessica Biel and her hubby Justin Timberlake took to The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in style to soak up The Championships. The Book of Love star paired a wonderful floral Balenciaga frock with a tan trench coat and tennis-inspired sneakers of her own, making her easily one of my top picks amongst Wimbledon’s best outfits. It’s hard not to look good when you’re sitting next to JT though, especially when he’s wearing an immaculately tailored grey suit by Stella McCartney. What an ace! However, I think I’m going have to give this one to Jessica.
Advantage, Jessica Biel.
I don’t have too much to say about Amber Heard’s looks from the contest at Wimbledon. She kept with the theme of the competition’s colors by donning this green satiny jumpsuit with an interesting cut-out at the stomach. But what I really think is worth noting is this cowboy hat! Are they back in? Has the big hat trend gone full circle back to the ten-gallon beauty? Or was she just trying to keep the sun out of her eyes, so she could see the ball more clearly? I’m not sure how I feel about all of these choices, I feel like she may have sliced the ball a little too much. These are definitely not Wimbledon’s best outfits.
Aside from those mentioned, there are so many other celebs and athletes alike who’s outfits I would love to discuss. Stella McCartney was in attendance wearing an insanely cool zip-up jumpsuit, Olivia Munn was spotted in Serena Williams’ box rocking a lovely green-and-white striped suit, and even Lottie Moss came wearing an incredibly cute green pyjama-inspired Paul & Joe outfit. For an event that is renowned for its strict dress code, I find it remarkable that so many goers are able to continually up the ante. Despite all of the hits and misses from this year’s Wimbledon, I still believe that the single greatest outfit ever to be worn on the Grass was done by Anne White in 1985 and I dare anyone to say otherwise.