David M. Benett
Of all the major sporting events in which celebrities (and other athletes) show up in droves, Wimbledon might be the most stylish. Though there isn’t officially a dress code for spectators at Wimbledon, the annual event and host to tennis’s most prestigious Grand Slam tournament historically lends itself to some mighty-fine dressin’, and this year was no different, as demonstrated by Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons.
While we’re used to seeing more tailored looks from celebs sitting at Center Court, Simmons attended this year’s tournament alongside new girlfriend Maya Jama wearing a Ralph Lauren corduroy club jacket that isn’t quite tailor-made for the heat of July, but definitely makes its own case to grab a spot in your closet for fall. The jacket, made from wide-wale corduroy and inspired by vintage stable jackets (this is Polo after all), was one of the standout pieces from this year’s run of spectator fits, though most people were probably more interested in Simmons and Jama making their relationship wire-photo official.
There is one catch, though: Most of the regular sizes are already sold out. (Not too surprising, considering what a good jacket it is.) But there’s still extra-small and medium offerings left, plus a big-and-tall offering, so if you’ve got Simmons-esque size, you may well be in luck. And if not, well, you can always indulge in one of the brand’s many other worthy light outwear offerings.
No matter what you do on the jacket front, one thing you should definitely do is take a page from Simmons’ handbook of styling a statement piece. The hooper kept the rest of his fit simple, adding straight leg jeans and a pair of Nike x Sacai LD Waffle sneakers while letting the jacket snag most of the attention. Well, the attention of eagle-eyed style fans, at least. The rest of the world may have been just a little distracted by the kissing. Their loss.
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Source : Esquire