The Sartorial Guide To Summer Sports 2018
From the Royal Ascot to Wimbledon, here’s our guide on what to wear to all the major sporting events of the season.
The 2018 World Cup kicks off in Russia on Thursday June 14th when Russia faces Saudi Arabia. England’s World Cup will get going in Volgograd on Monday June 18th, before games against Panama (Sunday 24th June) and Belgium (Thursday 28th June). The final will take place in Moscow at Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday July 15th.
Whether you’re travelling to Russia to support your team or watching in your local pub, show your true colours with our selection of patriotic shirts.
The Royal Ascot is world-renowned in the racing calendar and it attracts many of the world’s best racehorses. Few sporting events can rival the rich heritage of the Ascot. Dressing for this exclusive occasion is an important part of the race day experience.
The Royal Ascot is synonymous with sartorial sophistication. In the Royal Enclosure, gentlemen are required to wear either grey or black morning dress which must include a waistcoat and tie, a black or grey top hat and black formal shoes. In the Queen Anne Enclosure, a suit with a shirt and tie is compulsory. Whilst there is no formal dress in the Windsor Enclosure, race goers are encouraged to wear smart clothes.
Henley Royal Regatta is the focus of the British summer sporting and social season. It first took place in 1839 and has since become the most renowned regatta in the world. The event hosts 200 races over a five day period and attracts thousands of spectators. Visitors can enjoy the delightful views of the Henley and River Thames whilst soaking up the atmosphere of the enclosures which have a selection of restaurants, bars and shops.
The regatta itself does not have a dress code, however in the Steward’s Enclosure, you must dress in accordance with the long-established tradition. Men are required to wear lounge suits, or blazers with flannel trousers and a tie or cravat. The Regatta Enclosure is slightly less formal, but many visitors who attend do enter into the spirit of the Regatta, wearing club blazers and other rowing apparel. Don’t forget a panama hat to protect you from the sun.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the world’s biggest motoring events, celebrating the history of the motor sport with races, displays and auctions for enthusiasts. As well as being a significant summer event, Goodwood is also one of the most stylish annual car show’s around with a champagne reception and afternoon tea.
This event is set on parkland and you will spend most of the day walking around the grounds, so make sure you’re dressed comfortably. A linen shirt teamed with lightweight chinos and casual deck shoes is a cool ensemble.
It wouldn’t be summer without strawberries and cream and world class tennis. Wimbledon, the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament, has been held at the All England Club in Wimbledon since 1877, and it is once again upon us from Monday 2nd July to Sunday 15th July.
Only the competitors have a strict dress code, general ticket holders typically arrive in casualwear. However, dirty trainers and ripped jeans are forbidden. If you have a courtside ticket, dressing up for the tennis is part of the experience. We recommend a smart polo shirt with garment-dyed chino shorts. If you are on Henman Hill, opt for something more relaxed. As British weather is notoriously changeable, be sure to wear plenty of layers and take clothing for all conditions.