Tennis is of course the focus at Wimbledon, but it’s far from the only topic of discussion at the world’s oldest tournament. As the athletes compete for their championship trophy, attendees vie to be named best dressed. In the past that meant adhering to a demure dress code of tailored suits for men and prim dresses for women, but this year a new generation of guests is shaking things up. Whether it’s royal rule-breakers like Meghan Markle, who came to watch pal Serena Williams’s match against Kaja Juvan wearing skinny jeans and a pinstriped blazer from L’Agence, or perennial cool girl Sienna Miller, whose tan Ralph Lauren suiting stole the show on day seven, the vibe courtside has become noticeably younger.
As guests feel more empowered to break with tradition, the fashion on display has become increasingly interesting. Janelle Monae kickstarted the movement on day one by wearing Thom Browne’s irreverent separates and a playful red newsboy cap. Luther star Ruth Wilson kept it going on day eight in a whimsical striped dress by Hellessey punctuated with red sunglasses. In a Burberry trench and floral slip dress from Chloé, Charli XCX put her own spin on mixed prints, while Adwoa Aboah kept things casual in a lightweight cream maxi coat and Nike T-shirt. A look through all the tournament’s best fashion, above, illustrates the stylish new verve and the direction of modern tennis dressing.