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Inspired By Wimbledon: Summer Whites

Emilia Wickstead pre-fall 2018

Take your style cues this month from players at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, as the players hit Centre Court for Wimbledon, where the club’s famously strict dress code is simple: the only colour players are allowed to wear is white, and that includes undergarments.

Any colour is restricted to a single trim around the neckline and around the cuff of the sleeve, perhaps down the side of shorts, but it must be no wider than one centimeter. And cream or off-white is verboten.

Wimbledon’s on-court dress code is as intrinsic to the tournament as the grass courts, the Pimms and the strawberries. It’s tradition: lawn tennis was predominantly played in white clothing from the game’s beginning in the latter part of the 19th Century because the ever-proper Victorians believed that white showed less sweat.

The club said in 2017 that, “To us, the all-white rule isn’t about fashion, it’s about letting the players and the tennis stand out. Everyone who steps on a Wimbledon court, from a reigning champion through to qualifier does so wearing white. That’s a great leveller. If a player wants to get noticed, they must do so through their play. That’s a tradition we’re proud of.”

While other grand slams have relaxed their dress codes, they have tightened at Wimbledon. We say, embrace it off-court too, in pristine white pieces from Sloane Street’s boutiques.

Shop our edit of the best white pieces on Sloane Street now.

Emilia Wickstead dress
Valentino shoes, £625
Bottela Veneta leather skirt, £2,005
Bottega Veneta trainers, £475
Fendi top, £590
Chloe trousers, £525
Emilia Wickstead jumpsuit, £1,090
Rag & Bone hat, £200
Gucci sweater, £450
Tom Ford mini handbag, £1,890
J. Crew linen dress, £155
Versace heels, £790
Prada block heels, £460
Miu Miu mini dress, £1,060
Roberi And Fraud sunglasses £196, at Harvey Nichols
Saint Laurent heels, £600