Ah the comforting sound of racquet on ball, the sight of beleaguered tennis fans in plastic poncho’s, bowls of strawberries and cream and the everlasting rain delays that see Cliff Richard dusting off his mic. It is of course Wimbledon, that time of the year when productivity in the workplace drops off a cliff, as office staff up and down Britain secretly watch BBC iPlayer on their company PC.
Spending the day at Wimbledon when the sun’s shining is a summertime experience that’s hard to beat, and if you’re keen with racquet in hand or just like to rock a retro casual vibe a la McEnroe/Bjorg circa 1981 – then you can consider yourself well and truly covered with our guide to Wimbledon style that every fashion conscious tennis player needs, regardless of whether you’re watching or hitting the court.
Lacoste has long been synonymous with tennis and sightings of the famous crocodile logo will continue as long as they keep making quality looking gear like this neat Polo shirt. Coming out of their Lignes de courte collection this graphic lined, check number is perfect for sipping a cocktail while watching Andy Murray on Centre Court.
A cool looking headband is a must. You can wear it on and off the court, although you might look a bit weird in the office. This deep blue Adidas one ticks all boxes and is an accessory to have in the bag.
3 Sergio Tacchini Ghibli Track Top in Navy/Red from 80s Casual Classics £59
To follow in the footsteps of one of the court style icons you need to get yourself this Sergio Tacchini tracky top. John McEnroe rocked this very design in 1980. It’s dripping with retro cool and it’ll make you stand out down the tennis club in a good way.
New balls please. Lets face it you can’t play without them and it’s Wimbledon so they have to be Slazenger. Get a tube of four of the official championship balls for this bargain price of a fiver.
These timeless white plimsoles are a wardrobe must. They’re simple, versatile and of course very stylish. Just don’t wear them if you’re heading off the beaten track, as the results won’t be pretty.
If the fact that legendary seven time Wimbledon champ Roger Federer plays with a Wilson Pro Staff isn’t enough to make you buy one we’re not sure what will. This may not be Feds turbo charged model but the racquet your getting for the price is game set and match.
You’ve got the headband, don’t forget the sweatband. These Ellesse numbers are the perfect way to light up those wrists, and keep the sweat at bay, or at least mopped up.
These Topman socks are the definition of old school cool. Will they give you the edge on your opponent at the net? Probably not, but whatever the result you’ll be the winner in the trend stakes.
M&S has long been a name that harks back to a more debonaire yesteryear and these linen shorts go some way to conjuring up that feeling. Being Wimbledon fortnight we’d probably plump for the white version but if you’re feeling rebellious the navy colour might just be a winner for you.