Early July would ‘normally’ signal the start of Wimbledon and for many of us the official start of the British Summer with traditionally warmer weather, but neither are playing true to form this year.
There’s no doubt that Wimbledon, and all the fantastic style moments that come with it, is a huge loss to the sporting calendar, but with lockdown rules easing and tennis back on the agenda, a lack of Grand Slam tournaments needn’t deter you from a Wimbledon-worthy style moment of your own. Men’s tennis clothes have long inspired fashion trends, from a suited-and-booted David Beckham in the Royal Box to the crisp polo shirts and athletic wear showcased on court itself.
Ever since tennis legend Rene Lacoste cut off the forearm sleeves on his button-down shirt to get an edge on court, the tennis shirt (later to be known as the polo shirt) has been one of the most popular garments in the menswear wardrobe, particularly for the warmer months and is one of my holiday staples and firm favourites.
I’ve long had a love affair with the knitted variety, they are a great way of adding texture to a Summer get up and are often more breathable than their cotton counterparts.
When it comes to the shoes, tennis has been a rich source of sneaker lust because the sport’s traditional all-white dress code spawned something most men now have somewhere in the foot locker: the minimalist white sneaker. Most brands have a version of it and even other racquet sports have contributed some retro trainers that have stood the test of time. Every guy needs a white pair of kicks in his locker.
Gucci recently took on the tennis sneaker with this white canvas take and I instantly fell in love, a real statement trainer. The coloured canvas stripe might not work at Wimbledon, but it’s more than capable of taking you through your weekend adventures.
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