Whether you love the sport or not, you have to admit one thing - tennis has great style!
Well, of course I’m talking Wimbledon specifically!
I just love the celeb spotting (Bradley Cooper and Gerard Butler in matching suits? Stylishly hilarious!), admiring Kim Murray’s hair (so envious!) and, most importantly, checking out Princess Kate’s outfits (always perfect!)
There’s no such thing as a fashion faux-pas in SW19!
For movie stars and royalty, staying chic at these all-day summer events is a breeze - they get dropped off in a limo, don’t have to walk more than 100 yards in their vertiginous heels and have access to VIP lounges to cool down and freshen up.
However, for the rest of us it’s not quite so easy. Whether we’re attending a wedding, having a day at the races, or even going to Wimbledon ourselves, there are so many things we need to think about.
What’s the dress code? How long will it take to get there and will your outfit & makeup survive the car-ride or public transport journey? How much standing and / or queuing is going to be involved? What’s the weather forecast - will it be hot / cold / dry / wet?
It’s enough to make you want to stay at home and just eat your strawberries & cream in the garden!
Here at S.W.A.L.K. we’re all about the VIP experience, so here are my top tips to keep you looking and feeling pap-worthy this summer - no matter what the occasion!
1. If the dress code hasn’t been made clear - then ask! There’s nothing worse than turning up to an event completely under, or over, dressed. If you can’t find out, then check in with the people you’re going with - that way there’ll at least be a gang of you wearing cut-off denim shorts when everyone else is in cocktail dresses!
2. When I’m travelling for more than an hour or so to an event, I’ll do my hair & makeup at home but then throw on a comfy travel outfit (some skinny jeans & and a slouchy t-shirt) to travel in. This stops my dress getting crumpled, and, especially if it’s a hot day, keeps me nice and fresh for as long as possible! This is also a good trick to try with the kids - you can give them juice & snacks without having to worry about dribbles & crumbs!
However, there are a couple of important things to consider here: firstly check that there’s going to be somewhere to change when you get there; and secondly, make sure you remember all of the bits of your outfit - including your shoes!!
3. Choose your fabric wisely. For all day events, especially where you’re likely to have your photo taken, stay clear of linen and all-cotton items - creases are not chic!!
Also, if you know that you’re a little bit clumsy and likely to spill your drink or drop a canape on yourself, avoid dresses or tops that are all one colour - floral patterns are your friends here!!
4. Be prepared. I know little clutch bags are super-cute, but sadly they're not terribly practical when it comes to all-day affairs. If you’re in the UK then having a small, lightweight umbrella with you is always a good idea, as is sun cream (isn’t the unpredictable British weather just the best?!?). I also take tissues, a small packet of baby wipes, plasters and some painkillers. Surprisingly you can fit all of this into a quite small bag if you pack it efficiently!
5. Sore feet - the curse of every summer event ever. I don’t know about you, but no matter how comfortable I think my sandals are, after a couple of hours stood around at a wedding, my toes are stinging and the balls of my feet are throbbing. Unfortunately there’s very little you can do here, except grin and bear it, although I do try make sure I have a pair of stylish flats with me to switch into later in the evening!
All that’s left for you to do now is to have an amazing time, take some gorgeous photos, make some fun memories – and try not to drink too much prosecco!
P.S. If you’ve got any special occasions coming up this summer and you’re not sure what to wear, why not hop on over to the S.W.A.L.K. special Facebook group where there’s a team of independent stylists on hand to help you out and give you some ideas!