How Wimbledon style has evolved over the last 100 years

From the 1920s through to current day, the all-white dress code has remained

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Tennis has a longstanding fashion history, evolving from pure practicality to style-conscious sportswear, but it is at Wimbledon – one of the most prestigious and well-known championships in the world – that tennis fashion truly thrives. The dress code is notoriously strict; players much be dressed "almost entirely in white" – and this does not include cream or off-white – with no solid mass or panel of colouring (although a single coloured trim of 1cm or less is permitted). This applies to everything from socks and trainers to caps, wristbands, visible undergarments and tracksuits, from the moment the player enters the court.

Of course, sportswear brands still find ways to be creative in their design while adhering to the rules, experimenting with necklines, hemlines, fit and form. But while silhouettes and trends have evolved, that iconic all-white dress code has remained.

Below, discover how the on-court style has changed over the years.

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1920s

Below-the-knee pleats with elaborate headwear.

Suzanne Lenglen, 1920s

1930s

The longer skirts made way for more practical tailored shorts in the 1930s.

Helen Jacobs, 1934

1940s

The 1940s introduced a more fluid dress style, worn over frilled bloomers.

Gertrude Moran, 1949

1950s
Wimbledon fashion in the 1950s
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Nipped-in waists, pressed collars and flared skirts were the look du jour in the 1950s.

Dorothy Levine, 1954

1960s

It was all about the styling in the Sixties, with super-short, more playful hemlines.

Lea Pericoli, 1965

1960s

Less about function, more about fashion.

Maria Bueno, 1966

1970s

Hemlines continued to rise in the Seventies, with button-down dresses worn over tiny hotpants.

Maria Navratilova, 1978

1980s

A more classic, flattering silhouette emerged in the 1980s.

Tracy Austin, 1980

1990s

It was all about oversized, slouchy sportswear in the Nineties.

Steffi Graf, 1994

2000s
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The 200os called for simple, streamlined basics.

Maria Sharapova, 2004

2010s
Serena Williams at Wimbledon
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The modern-day tennis outfits combine form and function with style, using the very latest fabric technology.

Serena Williams, 2016

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