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The men’s guide to dressing for Wimbledon

The men’s guide to dressing for Wimbledon

 

Ah, Wimbledon - the sporting event where all of a sudden we become a little bit less interested in the sport and a little more interested in the pursuit of people watching. With so many onlookers, knowing what to wear can be a conundrum – which is where this handy guide on what to wear to Wimbledon comes in.

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CENTRE COURT


If you’re heading to Centre Court, you'll want to look effortlessly pulled together, without any indication you’re trying. Think summer suiting in creams, light blues and greys. Go for a subtle, heritage check and tone down the smart level by switching your shirt for a slim-fit white tee.

Alternatively, play with your pairings. Team your neutral suit jacket with navy trousers and a spotted tie, or a pastel pink or sea green blazer with dark chinos and a white shirt and leave your tie at home. When it comes to your footwear, pick Oxfords, suede Derbys or loafers. Though as a side-note, Stella McCartney’s husband, Alasdhair Willis, looked pretty cool in a light pinstripe suit with white trainers last year.


ON THE GROUND


Got ground tickets? You can afford to have a bit more fun. A short-sleeved shirt in a ditsy print teamed with chinos and loafers will get you on the best dressed list. Last year, actor Nick Blood rocked an apricot shirt, worn open, with a white tee underneath, making a strong case for pastel hues. Plimsolls look great here, as do espadrilles or white sneakers.

Otherwise, go for that failsafe combo of mid or long tailored shorts and a striped tee. Keep it suave though – Pimms and baggy sweats don’t mix so well.


GAME ON


If you’re going to be dabbling in a little tennis yourself, go for signature whites. Channel Lacoste, Fred Perry or Bjorn Borg – all founded by tennis legends, of course.

All eyes will be on SW19. The trophies? They’re up for grabs. The ‘best-dressed’ title? That’s yours.

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The long and the short of packing for a holiday

The long and the short of packing for a holiday 

Packing well for a holiday is a bit of an art form. Some men (we’ve been there too) leave it to the last minute and leg it to check in with a hastily packed case consisting of mismatched outfits and a distinct lack of underwear. This year, don’t be that guy. Be the guy that packs a coordinated ensemble of items that go together and look great whatever the combination, whilst also not taking up too much suitcase space. We’ve devised the perfect capsule holiday wardrobe - so the long and the short of it is, pack the below.

 

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1. A plain-but-statement tee

Only & Sons Edgar T-Shirt

 

A striped t-shirt is standout enough to add interest but simple enough to go with a multitude of bottoms. Easy.


Only & Sons, Edgar T-Shirt, £15

 


2. Smart shorts

Selected Homme Paris Shorts

 

Look for versatility in the shorts department. A tailored chino pair will look equally at home in the city gallery as by the hotel pool.


Selected Homme, Paris Shorts, £35

 


3. Cool aviators

Ray-Ban Bronze RB3026 Aviator pilot sunglasses

 

James Dean, Steve McQueen… take inspiration from the greats and make sure you’ve got a great pair of aviators for vacationing. Ray-Bans are top of our list.


Ray-Ban, Bronze RB3026 Aviator pilot sunglasses, £136

 


4. Multi-tasking swim shorts

Polo Ralph Lauren Traveller Swim Shorts

 

You never know what’s going to happen on holiday, right? Be prepared with a pair of swim shorts that you can wear straight from the pool lounger to the bar stool.


Polo Ralph Lauren, Traveller Swim Shorts, £75

 


5. Summer shoes

Toms Seasonal Venice Classic Espadrille Shoes

 

All hail the espadrille: the most hardworking summer shoe out there. It manages to look cool beachside and super suave in the city.


Toms, Seasonal Venice Classic Espadrille Shoes, £38

 


6. Sophisticated trousers

French Connection Machine Gun Stretch Slim Chinos

 

Risk-takers only take shorts on holiday. Those in the know take stone chinos that they can roll up in the day and roll down if the weather doesn’t do its thing.


French Connection, Machine Gun Stretch Slim Chinos, £59

 


7. Breezy shirts

Gant Short Sleeve Plain Linen Shirt

 

Instantly adding class to your holiday ensembles, you’ll be glad you packed a shirt when sunset drinks on the terrace beckon.


Gant, Short Sleeve Plain Linen Shirt, £95

 


8. Cool backpacks

Barbour Eaden Backpack

 

Eager to pack as much into your bag as you do a holiday? Then you need a slick rucksack.


Barbour, Eaden Backpack, £75

 


9. Versatile jackets

AllSaints Amerson Jacket

 

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but sometimes on holiday it rains and sometimes you need a jacket. This one, though, will brighten up those somewhat less-than-ideal days.


AllSaints, Amerson Jacket, £148

 


10. Understated hats

The North Face 66 Classic Logo Cap

 

With a baseball cap, there are two ways to go. One, bold and look-at-me. Two, understated and vintage like this iteration from The North Face.


The North Face, 66 Classic Logo Cap, £20

 


11. Run-around trainers

Camper Runner Four Perforated Detail Trainers

 

A quick look at your health app after a day of sightseeing and you’d be surprised by how many steps you’ve just got under your belt. With that in mind, some sturdy trainers are a must.


Camper, Runner Four Perforated Detail Trainers, £99

 


12. Statement sweats

Fred Perry Sweatshirt

 

Picture it – a late-night beach trip with your significant other, cosying up under a blanket. The outfit needed: shorts and this sweatshirt.


Fred Perry, Sweatshirt, £80

What to Wear to Royal Ascot

What to wear to royal ascot 

 

RSVP'd to Royal Ascot but still unsure of what to wear? With so many rules and regulations to follow, we know that getting the dress code right can be tricky. Whether you’ve been invited to the Royal Enclosure or are heading to its Queen Anne, Village or Windsor counterparts, get to know your area and get Ascot race day ready with our outfit do’s and don’ts. From full-length trouser suits to stylish jumpsuits and classic cocktail dresses, head this way for your Royal Ascot dress code.

 

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The Royal Enclosure

 

Once only reserved for royalty, membership to the historic heart of Royal Ascot is still by invitation only. Dress up to the nines in this fascinator-free area and finish off the look with one of our beautiful hats or headpieces. If you do choose a headpiece, Royal Ascot states that it must have a solid base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter, anything smaller is considered to be a fascinator. Modesty is key in the Royal Enclosure, with full-length trousers, jumpsuits and knee-length dresses being a strict requirement.

Windsor Enclosure

With front-row views of the Royal Procession and the racing (of course), the Windsor Enclosure permits picnics and also adopts a less formal dress code. Wearing a hat or fascinator is recommended but not a necessity, so why not choose a clip-in fascinator for a completely fuss-free look? Go for Bardot dresses, pretty playsuits or flattering midi dresses.

"Inject some summery vibes into your look with a floaty floral dress and natural accessories."

 

 

 

 

The Royal Enclosure

 

Windsor Enclosure

The festival guide

The festival guide

 

As much as we love festivals, they can be a bit of a minefield. The mud, the crowds, the booze... and that’s before you even think about what to wear. With limited space, the probability that you'll be getting ready in a tent with little to no room and the need to pack for unpredictable British weather, we've created a handy festival guide. More fun, less faff, guaranteed. 

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The basics 

Festivals are the perfect opportunity to have a little fun with your wardrobe. The printed shirt is the festival hero piece – breezy, lightweight and it can be unbuttoned if the sun comes out to play. Multi-tasking, neutral shorts are, again, your festival sidekick. Avoid denim (we all know how long that takes to dry) and items that look bad if creased.

A bum bag is a must for keeping everything close to hand, secure and leaving hands free for pints and dancing. Track jackets, anoraks and field jackets also do great at festivals. Hats (bucket hats in particular) and great sunglasses are a stylish necessity – plus don’t forget a wattle bottle and that SPF.

The nitty-gritty

Glastonbury or Isle of Wight 

If you’re going to a mainstream festival like Glasto, pick an outfit that reflects the sunny, chilled vibes. You can push the boat out style-wise as everyone else will too. Holographic bum bag and a dash of your girlfriend’s glitter? Go for it.

Port Eliot or Edinburgh Festival Fringe 

For a cultural festival, go for mellow vibes. Pick a sophisticated, printed shirt and pair with classic shorts. Lace up boots will add edge and shades are a must for hours outside. You’ll look totally cultured, we assure you.

Latitude, Wilderness or Green Man

For a countryside festival that’s more chill, go for artsy vibes. Try an outdoorsy jacket, cargo trousers or chinos in earthy tones with a bucket hat thrown in for good festival measure. Now, with the outfit locked down, you can just sit back (or stand up) and enjoy the music. Living your best life right here… 

 

 

Glastonbury

 

Port Eliot