Q&A: What to Wear to Wimbledon

May 29th, 2009

Q: I’m going to Wimbledon at the end of June and was looking for advice on what to wear.

by Colleen Geary, fashion stylist and image consultant

A: London in June is rather cool and somewhat rainy - expect temperatures in the 50s and 60s while you’re at Wimbledon.  You’ll want to be prepared for rain or shine - so plan your wardrobe accordingly.  Here’s a couple of outfit options that will work with London’s finnicky weather: 

Lightweight Sweater + Tee + Long Pants
Pictured: Cashmere Three Quarter Sleeve Cardigan | $158 at J Crew, Soft Tee Ruffle Top | $39.50 at J Crew, and Gray Wide Leg Jeans | $49.99 (sale) at Gap.

If the weather is on the cooler side, we’d suggest wearing stylish but comfortable pants with a cute tee.  Toss on a lightweight sweater if it gets breezy.  Keep a light but waterproof jacket around, in case of rain.

Knee Length Dress + Jacket
Pictured: Theory Raineria Dress | $285 at Nordstrom, Linen Collarless Jacket | $130 at Banana Republic, Leather Tuck Lock Satchel | $100.03 at ASOS.

You can hope to wear shorts or skirts on warmer days, so keep a dress and light jacket on hand.  For Wimbledon, we’re loving the look of a tailored shirtdress with a cropped jacket.  Try this Theory shirtdress paired with a short navy jacket for a clean, classic look.

As for footwear, make sure to wear comfortable shoes since you may have some walking to do to view all of the matches.  Flats or low heels will serve you well.

Last thoughts?  Apply sunscreen (rain or shine), and if you’re sensitive to sun, bring a hat for sunny days.  We’d also suggest bringing an umbrella in the somewhat likely case of rain.   

What would you wear to London in June? Share your style tips with us in the comments!

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Francis  |  May 29th, 2009 at 3:49 am

    I’m going to London in june and these advices came just in time. I’d definitely add a hat and umbrella. I love the Straw Fedora With Band hat from Urban Outfitters.

    Londoner girls love corsages and I think Oasis Flower Corsage Headband, from Asoss quite funny

  • 2. mara  |  May 29th, 2009 at 10:06 am

    I went to London last June and I was prepared for rain, wind and cold and then it got really, really hot so be prepared for that too! (climate change maybe?)

    But what I wanted to say: Those light coloured pants and dresses can be a bit troublesome at sport games, especially in the rain when it can get quite muddy…

    And I would recommend a nice scarf on top of all the recommended Accessoires, you can adapt it to any temperature and you’ll look good all the time :)

  • 3. missmoneypenny  |  May 29th, 2009 at 11:22 am

    The Brits just got Banana Republic — and love it — so that jacket would probably be a hit! I would also add (as someone who has made this mistake in July) — don’t rely on sandals! If it’s chilly and damp your feet will be blocks of ice which really takes the fun out of the day. Be sure to pack at least one pair of closed shoes.

  • 4. Carrie  |  May 29th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    I was wondering where the red patterned shirt pictured under the sweater comes from. I love that!

  • 5. Neira  |  May 29th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I love that knee length dress! I think its a perfect casual dress for an event like that

    very pretty!


  • 6. Trisha  |  May 31st, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Colleen does have excellent taste :)

  • 7. Trisha  |  May 31st, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    I suspect that the red patterned shirt is from Banana Republic, since the jacket is from there. However, I just took a look at the BR website and couldn’t find it. Maybe it’s from a to-be-released collection for summer?

  • 8. Trisha  |  May 31st, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    BTW–Thanks for chiming in with your spot-on advice, Francis, Mara and Miss Moneypenny!

  • 9. GeorgieNYC  |  June 15th, 2009 at 10:23 am

    i’d also definitely add some ballet flats, ie french sole which are wildly popular over there

  • 10. Erin  |  June 10th, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Great advice — I esp. like Mara’s idea of bringing a scarf and the ballet flat idea!

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