Jane Grice, Programme Director BA Fashion

F1 champion Lewis Hamilton was turned away from the Wimbledon Centre Court Royal Box on Sunday for not wearing a shirt, tie and jacket. His ‘inappropriate dress’ of floral shirt and straw hat apparently did not meet the required dress code for entry into the Royal Box, so he missed the Men’s Final.

When I saw the news headline, I thought how ridiculous! Dress codes need to reflect current fashion but most are antiquated and it can make it very difficult, particularly for young men, to comply.

Dress codes generally require men to dress in a style that is outdated. Menswear has developed significantly in recent years, moving away from traditional suits, ties and formal shoes. The lines between smart and casual in menswear particularly have blurred in recent years.

Generally though I am not in favour of dress codes, they have a tendency to be very sexist and are almost always anti-fashion.

Wimbledon is just one of a host of events on the UK’s ‘social season’ calendar, including RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Royal Ascot and Cowes Week where some form of dress code (for both men and women) is still observed.

Do you think dress codes are outdated? Tweets us your thoughts at @BCUPressOffice

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