The White Dress Code
Since it was founded in the late 1800s, the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club had always had a strict dress code. Competitors were only allowed to wear WHITE! There are several theories regarding this tradition. The following four reasons are the most common ones:
Reason 1 – Hiding Signs of Perspiration
It was considered very unladylike and ungentlemanly to show signs of perspiration. White outfits happens to be particularly good at hiding any dreaded sweat marks and therefore highly preferred.
Reason 2 – Deflecting Heat
The Wimbledon Tennis Championships occur in the summer months. White outfits are seen to be more practical. Reason being, they ensure that competitors keep cool as their clothes deflects the sun’s heat more efficiently. This is especially so since gentlemen and ladies were expected to be dressed in long sleeves, long pants and ankle-length dresses.
Reason 3 – “High-class" Image
The white dress code was implemented to create an exclusive, high-class feeling at the Tennis Club. Crisp, white clothes portrays a well-kept, clan, civilized, respectful of rules and generally “high-class" image.
Reason 4 – Respecting Tradition
Tennis players still adhere to the white dress code out of respect to the tradition and history of the Wimbledon Tennis Club.