Dress to impress at this summer’s tennis tournaments while keeping cool under the baking sun. In this article, we’ll find out why wearing a formal men’s outfit to the tennis is not such a bad thing after all, and how you can choose the perfect fitting shorts.
A smart summer suit doesn’t equal elitism
Deciding what to wear to a tennis event can be difficult. Gone are the days when dressing smart was a must. Unlike the players on the court, spectators can now wear whatever they like, from the smart to the very casual, but which is best?
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Men tend to dress more casually than women at tennis events, as nowadays they are more hesitant to arrive in a smart outfit and come across as pompous or elitist, but there is no need to worry. A tailor-made outfit that keeps you cool is a very fashionable choice, and one that would elevate your look above those around you in the crowd.
Nadal shows that mens suits can offer style and comfort
Speaking of wearing something smart and keeping cool, tennis ace Rafael Nadal got into the swing of things before the French Open recently whilst wearing a tailor-made Tommy Hilfiger suit. In a game of football tennis against Gregory van der Wiel of PSG, Nadal was at his free-flowing best while showing off the stylish two-piece suit.
The suit’s flexible and light construction impressed the Spaniard, who said “I don’t wear so many suits in real life, but I actually don’t feel like I’m wearing one now either. It’s really comfortable.” This goes to show that the summer heat doesn’t have to be a barrier to wearing a stylish suit at a tennis match.
The guidelines to follow when picking out a tennis match outfit
There are few rules in fashion, but these guidelines will help you dress the right way and find that perfect summer suit for the tennis.
- Wear light and breathable materials that won’t leave you sweating in your seat. This means not overdressing for the occasion.
- At the same time, don’t underdress. Choosing a stylish outfit means avoiding baseball caps, over-sized shorts and trainers.
- If you’re looking for an outfit suitable for the evening as well, a pair of cotton chinos and a flamboyant summer jacket would be ideal, while chino shorts are perfect if all you plan to do is watch the tennis.
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If you do decide to wear a pair of stylish chino shorts, it’s best to choose close-fitting short because shorts accentuate the hips more so than trousers. You should also have your shorts tailored to around three inches above the knee.
Men don’t need to be so hesitant when it comes to putting on a stylish, formal outfit to the tennis. While overdressing will leave you in pools of sweat, Rafael Nadal has shown that a tailored suit can certainly be comfortable to wear, even while running around on the court.