It’s that time of the year again – when the white skirts and shorts cut a dash on the manicured green lawns, when copious amount of strawberries and cream is consumed and when the calendar’s most prestigious Grand Slam takes place. Ah, Wimbledon! In true British style, it’s perhaps the most ‘gentlemanly’ of all tennis tournaments and certainly the most coveted cup. With its rule that players must wear “almost entirely white”, sartorial choices are limited. However, this year, players have been allowed “a coloured trim of 1 cm width only on the edge of their garments”. So expect a dash of colour on the pristine courts!
What to Wear
If you’re planning to catch any of the matches at Centre Court, take your cue from the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. Knee-length summer dresses are a must, but don’t forget to bring along a jacket. You can certainly give the players company and turn up in tennis whites, but then keep your jewellery minimal. For the gents, you cannot go wrong with a navy blue blazer and a tie. This year, Wimbledon has relaxed the dress code for sought-after debenture seats at Centre Court, so you can even wear jeans; just make sure they are not ripped or paired with dirty trainers! Bring along an umbrella for the occasional instance of ‘rain interrupting play’. The tournament usually enjoys the glorious English summer, so the one accessory you must have is a pair of sunglasses. The trend of mirrored sunglasses is still going strong and blue and green lenses are currently very popular. Go classic with a pair of Ray-Bans or try Oakley for a more sporty look.
Game, Set & Match
While most of the players don’t sport sunglasses on the hallowed Wimbledon turf, they are quite the style icons off-court. Top-seeded Novak Djokovic is often spotted in gold-rimmed Ray-Ban Aviators. Second seeded Rafael Nadal, who is just coming off the back of a French Open victory, is usually seen in Oakley sunglasses. But all eyes will be on defending champion and third seeded Briton, Andy Murray – especially those of his girlfriend Kim Sears, who seems to be partial on Ray-Ban Wayfarers. Serena Williams, the top seed amongst women players, has never been the subtle sorts; so blingy Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses are her favourites! Fifth seeded Maria Sharapova, also this year’s French Open champion, has always been the poster girl for style. She is the brand ambassador for TAG Heuer eyewear and she’s often spotted in chic retro-style oversized frames in black or ivory. Tortoise-rimmed sunglasses are also a big hit with her.
Get the Look
Head to your local Leightons Opticians branch and get the latest look to match your favourite tennis player’s style. Choose from a wide range of designer glasses and sunglasses. While you are at the store, why not book an eye test to see whether your prescription has changed? Our qualified optometrists will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your eyes. This includes an eyesight check as well as an assessment of your general ocular health. They will also guide you on selecting the best glasses or contact lenses should you need any corrective action. Book an appointment online or call us on 0800 40 20 20.