Who else wears jeans at Wimbledon? Meghan's 'faux pas' sparks a debate about SW19 traditions

Mail Online | 7/10/2019 | Stephanie Linning For Mailonline
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The Duchess of Sussex raised eyebrows when she stepped out in jeans for Wimbledon last week - with some even going so far as to claim the royal had committed a fashion 'faux pas'.

While Meghan, 37, did not break any rules by wearing denim in the stands on Court One - where there is no formal dress code - one anonymous member accused her of breaching dress code by walking through a members' area, where jeans are strictly forbidden.

Duchess - Profile - Tennis - Fan - Denim

The Duchess is far from the only high profile tennis fan to have donned denim, with Kim Murray, Adwoa Aboah and actress Ruth Wilson all spotted strolling around the All England Club in jeans in recent days.

Like the royal, none of them have broken the rules because they have not been seated in the Royal Box.

Wimbledon - Dress - Code - Guests - Members

Wimbledon sets out a strict dress code for guests who enter the exclusive members area, which features a club house and dining facilities as well as the Royal Box, which includes jacket and tie for men and no jeans.

But the dress code for the best seats on Court One, know as the Debentures, is 'smart casual' and there is no dress code for general spectators.

Fashion - Experts - Denim

And some fashion experts believe categorizing denim as 'casual' is outdated.

But it has still been enough to spark a debate over whether denim jeans are an appropriate choice for a tournament still so heavily steeped in tradition, even in the areas of the Club where they are technically allowed.

Femail - Etiquette - Expert - William - Hanson

Speaking to Femail, etiquette expert William Hanson noted Wimbledon 'showcases the finest tennis talent in the world' and so it 'requires a relatively smarter dress code from everyone involved'.

However others, including celebrity stylist Lucas Armitage, claim that jeans can be made to look formal enough to suit a smart/casual dress code.


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