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What to Wear (And What NOT to Wear) to Wimbledon in 2023

All you need for courtside chic.

Last Updated on May 25, 2023

Despite being one of the world’s biggest sporting competitions, Wimbledon is also a huge day in the fashion calendar.

With A-list celebrities, politicians, and even royalty all in attendance at the London tennis tournament each year (yep, you might even see Kate Middleton or Meghan Markle), it’s no surprise that there are a few written (and unwritten) rules about what to wear.

Here we’re laying them all out, so if you’re heading to the event this year you won’t be caught out.

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What not to wear to Wimbledon

Although there’s no strict dress code, it’s generally advised that attendees wear ‘smart casual’ clothing. So, this means no ripped jeans, sports/gym gear or items with large slogans or logos.

Other items to avoid: running vests, sport shorts and dirty trainers.

Oh, and large hats are an unwritten faux pas as they can block the view for other spectators.

Is there a dress code to attend Wimbledon?

Right, now we’ve covered what not to wear, let’s dive a little deeper into what smart casual could look like.

While this particular dress code could mean a million and one things, I’d suggest opting for something you’d pick out for a summer wedding or garden party.

Speaking of weddings, if you’re on the hunt for the perfect dress, check out our article: 17 Absolutely Perfect Wedding Guest Dresses I’ve Bookmarked For This Summer.

But back to Wimbledon. Smart casual could range from a lightweight summer dress, to a tailored linen suit, all the way to your favourite printed jumpsuit. Don’t worry, you’ve got plenty of options!

As Wimbledon takes place at the height of British summer (this year, it’s happening in July), you also need to make sure that your outfit will keep you both cool and comfy. Pieces like blouses, shirts, linen dresses and lighter coloured items are all a safe bet for watching the likes of Serena Williams centre court.

Can you wear prints to Wimbledon?

If your style is more on the maximalist side and the thought of wearing a neutral-coloured dress is not your vibe, you can still opt for prints like florals, polka dot and stripes.

Plus, you can also show off your personal style with the help of accessories, for example a good pair of sunnies and some statement jewellery.

What shoes can I wear to Wimbledon?

Smart heeled sandals are a safe bet, but you’re going to be on your feet for longer than you think. Bring a pair of flat sandals or smart trainers (remember: not dirty) to change into when your feet get sore, and you’ll thank yourself later.

When is Wimbledon 2023?

This year, Wimbledon is taking place from the 3rd-16th of July so get ready for Pimms and strawberries!

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Shop your Wimbledon outfit

Heading to the event? Here are some cute pieces you could wear.

Nobody's Child Cream Linen-Blend Alexa Midi with Shirring Dress

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Marks and Spencer Faux Leather Cross Body Bag,

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New Look Strappy Platform Sandal in Black

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Tie Front Chiffon LS Blouse, £34.95, NA-KD – buy now

& Other Stories Co-Ord Linen Blend Tailored Trousers in White

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& Other Stories Fitted Smocked Black Corset Blouse

Fitted Smocked Black Corset Blouse, £65, & Other Stories – buy now

BDG Lilac Prairie Maxi Skirt

BDG Lilac Prairie Maxi Skirt, £41, Urban Outfitters – buy now

Vagabond Hennie Sandals

Hennie Sandals, £110, Vagabond – buy now

COS Shirt Dress

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Marmalade Ankle Tie Espadrille Mid Heel Wedges Natural Canvas, £59.99, OFFICE – buy now

RIXO Anya Lace-Trim Mini Dress

Anya Lace-Trim Mini Dress, £235, RIXO – buy now

New Look Blue Padded Strap Block Heel Mule Sandals

Blue Padded Strap Block Heel Mule Sandals, £27.99, New Look – buy now

Nobody's Child Green Simone Jumpsuit

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Tawny Leather Clog Sandals in Brown, Schuh, £29.99 – buy now

Jute Basket bag

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