Sporting Dress Codes

Sporting Dress Codes

After Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton was turned away from the Royal Box at the Wimbledon Men’s Final on Sunday for not wearing a jacket and tie, we look at some of sports most strict dress codes. Indeed it isn’t just the spectators who have to adhere to dress codes, recently seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer complained about the all white kit that players must wear at SW19.

Royal Ascot – Royal Enclosure

Royal Ascot is famous for its very strict dress code, especially inside the Royal Enclosure. Gentlemen are required to wear either grey or black morning dress including waistcoat and tie (no cravats), black or grey top hat and black shoes.

While ladies are required to wear dresses and skirts should be of modest length, falling just above the knee or longer, tops and dresses should have straps of one inch or greater, but a headpiece which has a base of 4 inches (10cm) or greater in diameter is an acceptable alternative.

The Marylebone Cricket Club

The MCC is known for its colourful ties and blazers, but anyone looking to enjoy an afternoon of Ashes cricket at Lords is required to wear lounge suits or tailored jacket and trousers, shirt, tie or cravat and shoes with socks. Of course we all know that the players on the field are required wear all white during a test match.

Henley Royal Regatta

The Henley Royal Regatta is one of the biggest events of the sporting summer and the dress code makes sure that everyone is dressed accordingly. Gentlemen are required to wear lounge suits, or jackets or blazers with flannels, and a collared shirt. A tie or cravat is preferable but not compulsory. While Lades should dress in a manner as befits a formal occasion. Dresses and skirts should be of modest length defined as falling just above the knee or longer. Trousers must be full length. Whilst not a requirement, ladies are encouraged to wear hats.

We want to know do you think it is time that these dress codes were revisited or revised for the 21st Century? Or are they an important part of tradition?