Wimbledon is famous for its strict insistence on exclusively white clothing on the tennis court. However, when it comes to outfits on the sidelines, there’s more room for self-expression, even though there are still common trends that emerge. From Sienna Miller’s linen two-piece suits to Alexa Chung’s mid-length cream pleated dresses, spectator looks are often inspired by on-court fashion and have a sense of tradition and formality. However, the Princess of Wales’ recent look adds a ’80s-inspired twist to classic Wimbledon style.
On the second day of the Wimbledon championships, the princess, who is both a patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) and a skilled tennis player herself, made her first appearance at the tournament to watch British player Katie Boulter. Her outfit drew inspiration from on-court fashion, as she stuck to a white and green color palette and wore a preppy white pleated midi-length skirt.
The ensemble consisted of a mint green double-breasted Balmain blazer adorned with ’80s-style contrasting white buttons and a white lapel, a white midi-length pleated skirt and a pair of white leather Gianvito Rossi court shoes. To top it all off, she accessorised the look with knotted pearl drop earrings by London-based independent jewellery brand Shyla that she has worn several times before, a gold Sézane cuff bracelet and a white Mulberry Amberley crossbody bag.
The tradition for all-white tennis attire has influenced not only spectator fashion in SW19 and style at country clubs, but has even made its way onto the runways of Paris and Milan. Brands such as Dior, Miu Miu, Bottega Veneta and more have delved into the archives of tennis stars, reimagining them with their own unique interpretations.
Today, #TennisCore is still as prevalent as ever, and is a preppy aesthetic which often is trending on TikTok. However, like the Princess of Wales shows, tennis staples can be easily amped up or toned down to suit one’s own personal style.
This article was originally published on British Vogue.