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On-court fashion at Wimbledon 2011, pushing the boundaries

Wimbledon is the most traditional tennis tournament and that conservativeness is reflected in the white clothing rule. But the color restriction is not limiting players to express themselves and challenge the set rules.

Bethanie Mattek Sands is always attracting a lot of attention with her look and for Wimbledon 2011 she reinvented herself in cooperation with Lady Gaga's designer – the jacket adorned with white tennis balls may have challenged the officials, but it is likely to end up in the Wimbledon Museum (one Bethanie's Wimbledon outfit is already there).

Venus Williams' outfit for Wimbledon is the second biggest shocker of the tournament. Her EleVen zipper jumper with an open back is definitely unique, whether you like it or not. I like the piece for bringing something new (it's not a dress, it's not a shorts and a top), but it reminds of pajamas. Also, I don't appreciate the visible brown bra in the back.

Nadia Petrova's message still hasn't reached her sponsor Ellesse, they simply don't want to give up the fluffy outfits.

Let's move on to some good examples.

Maria Sharapova is wearing a simple white dress with gold details. Nike hasn't been too inspiring with the Russian's designs lately, however, a cute jacket accompanying the Wimbledon dress makes Sharapova's complete look stunning.

For Serena Williams Nike made more contrast, with black details. I like how Serena looks in the dress, and I especially like the V-neck and the black accents.

World number one Caroline Wozniacki and Adidas by Stella McCartney just changed the Roland Garros blue to white.

Ana Ivanovic and Daniela Hantuchova sported the beautiful Adidas Adizero dress, my favorite of the tournament. Unfortunately, Flavia Pennetta didn't wear the Adidas Adipure dress I was expecting to see her in.

What do you think of the fashion at Wimbledon 2011? Bethanie and Venus stole most of the limelight, Serena, Maria and Ana/Daniela come in second (if we talk about the attention attracted), while the others can all be fit in "the rest" category. What do you say? Who's on top of your best dressed list?

Reminder: Check out how the courts of Wimbledon looked last year. Also, remind yourselves of what players were wearing at the Australian Open and Roland Garros this season. (photos via Wimbledon and Yahoo)

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12 thoughts on “On-court fashion at Wimbledon 2011, pushing the boundaries

  1. Georgie

    Nike wins this year, Maria looks clasy, Serena's dress if great for her asusal, Li Na looked great, Vika looked good and all of Nike's girls looked good!

    I wasn't a huge fan of the Ana/Daniela dress and thought it looked better on Day1 when Dani had the bright sports bra underneath.

    I also think Flavia looked better in her 2 piece than what she would have in the dress.

  2. brenda

    ana's dress is the best for me! She looks more thin in it! I also like williams sisters outfit! And you forgot to put a pictureof julia that also was very pretty on her clothes

  3. Daniela Zagnolli

    The pictures are very nice. Ana's dress is very beautiful.thanks for this posting.

  4. Diane

    I like Sharapova's ensemble and I really like Serena's dress. And I liked Makarova's "old school" outfit a whole lot, too.

  5. Mirjana

    I like Ana's dress the most, I just love Adidas designs. But I agree, Nike's girls look great this year (although i hate Serena's black shorts). Caro's ruffles are still strange, but it's pretty. As for others, this time Nadia looks cute to me.:D

  6. Ferondi_82

    I dont think many people appreciate the amount of works and the details that have been put into Sharapova's dress. While most players try to challenge the "white clothing" rule with little colours like black, gold, or blue, Sharapova puts more emphasis on patterns, silhouette, and the details.

    I love her wimbledon dress and actually all of her Nike's dresses this year have been THE BEST in my opinion. Great colour combination, great design (simple but elegant), and more importantly more customers-friendly.

    I also love Adidas dress but not the one that Ivanonic wears but the one that Maria Kirilenko wears. Very strong design and yet feminine.

    As for Lacoste and K-Swiss. They really need to be more creative with their designs.

  7. Maja J

    My list: 1) adidas adizero – Ana Ivanovic/Dani Hantuchova; 2) nike -Melinda Czink 3)nike- Julia Georges, 4)nike-Maria Sharapova, 4)nike- Sabine Lisicki, 5)nike- Serena Williams, 6)adidas baricade-Petkovic/Kirilenko…

  8. P!nky

    in the article you said Wimbledon has a Museum. do you happen to have any photos or a web address

  9. Michelle

    I loved Maria Sharapova's dress and does anyone know the exact name of the trainers she wore? I can't find them anywhere. I know they're Nike, as was her whole outfit, but can't find the name/style. Anyone know or recognise them?!

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