Friday, 07 July 2017

Debrett's Style Tips: Wimbledon

Debrett's style experts talk us through the do's and dont's of dressing for Wimbledon 25 June - 15 July

What is your partnership with Bicester Village and why does it work so well?
Debrett's and Bicester are both champions of British style; Debrett's as the authority on etiquette, British tradition and formal events, and Bicester through the exceptional partner brands it supports and showcases. For this reason we have collaborated to create the Guide To British Style, exploring all things sartorial with a focus on the comprehensive rules of dressing throughout the Season.

What is the 'Guide To British Style'?
It is a beautiful pocket guide to style and the Season, deciphering dress codes and exploring the surprising origins of some Britain's most cherished and iconic items of clothing. It reveals everything that remains central to the British notion of style, from its heritage to both its craft and creativity – qualities that Debrett's has championed throughout its nearly 250-year history.

Why would you advise Lady readers to visit Bicester Village when looking for an outfit for these summer events?
Bicester Village plays host to more than 130 boutiques, which makes dressing for a special summer occasion both convenient and affordable. Less than an hour from London, a visit to Bicester means you can find your dress, shoes, hat and accessories all in one place – and with up to 60% off.

What kind of statement should a visitor to Wimbledon seek to make? Is this a time for being sophisticated, glamorous or quirky?
Wimbledon doesn't enforce a particular dress code, but spectators may choose to dress up, especially if they have tickets for one of the show courts or if royalty will be present at a match. Torn jeans, scruffy trainers and sports vests or shorts are the only items of clothing that are banned for on-court spectators.

How best to combine fashion forwardness with fashion etiquette when selecting an outfit for Wimbledon?
Wimbledon takes place in late June, so it is likely to be warm - cool fabrics are therefore advisable for a stylish, summery look. A hat can provide shade, but shouldn't obscure other spectators' view.

What should ladies wear when attending Wimbledon?
Women with court tickets may choose to wear summer dresses or smart blouses with a skirt or trousers – and don't forget your sunglasses! If you have a ground pass, you may find yourself watching the action sitting on the grass in front of the big screen, so comfortable clothing is advisable.

What should gentlemen wear when attending Wimbledon?
Men with court tickets often opt to wear collared shirts with trousers or smart jeans and a blazer. If you have a ground pass, you may find yourself watching the action sitting on the grass in front of the big screen, so comfortable clothing is advisable.

What jewellery is appropriate for the occasion?
Jewellery for daytime events can be elegant but discreet – pearls or simple but sparkly options tend to work well.

See more on Bicester Village & Debrett's 'Guide To British Style'

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