It’s finally time for Wimbledon – but forget who’s going to win the tennis, who is going to win the battle of the best-dressed?
Speaking to FEMAIL, London-based stylist Miranda Holder, 42, shared the tips and tricks to serve up lashings of courtside glamour this summer.
The stylist explained how current high-street trends, such as showing your nipples, are a big no-no.
Instead, spectators need to keep things understated yet classy – with no jeans and the colour white definitely left to the players.
Here, she shares her tips with FEMAIL…
Kate Middleton at Wimbledon in 2021, wearing an understated midi dress – the perfect outfit for 2022, both practical and stylish
DO WEAR A SMART MIDI DRESS
You can leave your frothy frocks and fascinators back at Royal Ascot, but don’t be fooled by the more relaxed ‘smart casual’ dress code.
You will never forgive yourself if you brush shoulders with your favourite A-lister whilst not in your finery.
‘Well cut midi dresses, relaxed tailoring and quality separates are all stylish go-tos,’ she said.
‘And if in doubt adding one of this season’s oversized blazers and ruching up the sleeves will serve up a contemporary nonchalant twist and earn you some admiring glances.’
Miranda also gives the green light to bold accessories such as a fabulous earring or statement necklace.
She warns however to keep things demure with only only a glimpse of decolletage.
‘Full on cleavage should be reserved for the after party at Annabel’s,’ she warns.
Kate Middleton in another midi dress at Wimbledon in 2021. Maxi dresses are not practical as you might trip over their length
DO WEAR NATURAL FABRICS
‘Wimbledon days can be long, and unless you’ve been lucky enough to be invited into the Royal Box, can involve a lot of queuing, so do dress with comfort in mind,’ she said.
‘Natural breathable fabrics such as cotton and silk are ideal but stay away from linen unless you want to channel crumpled chic and look as if you’ve passed out under the stands.
‘The weather can often change in the tilt of an umpire’s hat, so be style savvy and wear light layers – and dare I say have some rainwear ready – this is Blighty after all.’
Anne-Marie poses in an oversized blazer during day one of The Championships, Wimbledon 2021 on June 28, 2021 in London
DON’T GO SEXY
Miranda encourages all to take inspiration from Kate Middleton and keep your outfit understated,
‘Think Audrey Hepburn timeless elegance rather than TOWIE tarty,’ Miranda said.
‘Erring on the side of tastefulness, rather than revealing too much flesh in anything too sheer or clingy.
‘Please don’t channel your inner 2019 Victoria Beckham and turn up in your underwear.
‘Nipples have long been the muse of the fashion pack but that black negligee really belonged in the bedroom alongside the fluffy mules and rollers, and we really don’t want the players to be distracted from their serves.’
From a practical point of view, she also warned off the maxis dress, ‘unless you plan to spectacularly spill your Pimm’s tripping up the steps’.
TV personality Kimberley Garner is doing a big no-no here at Wimbledon 2021 – showing far too much cleavage, according to the Mail’s fashion expert
DON’T WEAR DENIM
‘Don’t make like Royal rebel Meghan and wear jeans of any kind,’ she said.
‘Yes, in certain circles these are smart-casual, but compared to the swish tennis set Meghan looked like she’d just been shopping at her local Asda.
‘This is historic Wimbledon darling, and there are more appropriate places to rock the denim.’
Jeans may be a favourite of Meghan, but our fashion expert insists they are far too casual for an event such as Wimbledon
DON’T WEAR WHITE
‘It’s a bit of a cliche, and the players have to wear it. Shades of ivory and cream just won’t do,’ she said.
There’s the potential disaster of sitting on a strawberry or sporting grass stains worthy of a Pimm’s-fuelled tussle behind the debentures.
Drake infamously served up a double fault attempting a sports luxe look, wearing a white tee with a cream knit jauntily tied around his shoulders.
‘Needless to say he looked like he’d turned up the wrong event, belonging at Lords not the hallowed lawns of Henman Hill.’
Pippa Middleton unwittingly committed a fashion faux pas by wearing a white dress to Centre Court in 2018