Last year fashion was the topic of Wimbledon with Bethanie Mattek Sands' tennis-ball jacket and Venus Williams' awkward zipper-outfit, but this year tenniswear is in the safe zone, except for Serena Williams' color challenge. Let's have a closer look.
Serena Williams challenged the White Clothing Rule by pairing the Nike Women's London Statement Baseline Dress with cerise shorts/knickers and a matching headband, while Wimbledon requires the outfits to be without solid mass of coloring and little or no dark or bold colors. Nike was not pushing the boundaries with defending champion Petra Kvitova, who was traditionally wearing a sporty, ordinary outfit.
Maria Sharapova, the fresh proud owner of a career Grand Slam, is always fully-prepared for fashion scrutiny, thinking out her outfits in detail from head to toe with the Nike team. For the touch of color that the white Wimbledon allows, Sharapova chose liquid lime. Here you can see how the Nike Women's Maria Slam Statement Dress looks from the back.
My favorite of the tournament is Maria Kirilenko in the Adidas Adipure line. The white dress with a pleated skirt features craft emerald contrasting stripes.
Ana Ivanovic sported a Lawn Adizero Dress by Adidas, with infrared line detail from back to front and an asymmetrical back. Stella McCartney created a dress with patterned mesh fabric bodice and a flounce skirt for Caroline Wozniacki.
Agniesza Radwanska is representing Lotto in an elegant dress perfectly compliant with the Wimbledon clothing rules.
Britain's Heather Watson was sporting a K-Swiss Women's Spring Wide Strap Dress with wide straps in silver and breathable stretch mesh areas on the sides and on the back.
The highest-ranked Briton, Anne Keothavong, wore a Wilson Women's Timeless Dress with a kiwi color collar and pleats on left side and center back of the skort. Venus Williams was one of the highlights of last year's Wimbledon with her hard-to-define outfit, but this time her EleVen dress is a perfect subtle elegance.
Kim Clijsters and Jelena Jankovic are representing Fila.
The brand's focus for this Wimbledon was Kim Clijsters due to her playing her last Wimbledon. Her clothing sponsor made the Trophy collection and dedicated it to her successful career which of all the Grand Slam finals misses only Wimbledon.
Samantha Stosur's Asics dress is similar to her Roland Garros one, just in white of course.
And to save the best for the last… Italian Camila Giorgi, born on December 31, 1991, playing her second main draw of a Grand Slam, made a name for herself by ousting in straight sets seed No.16 Flavia Pennetta in the first round and seed No.20 Nadia Petrova in the third, before losing to third seed and now finalist Agnieszka Radwanska in the fourth round. Camila may be young, but she wants to establish herself as a fashion-aware player from the onset of her career. Absolute success! Her lace creation by Miami-based designer Denise Cronwall attracted all the attention and made her memorable Wimbledon run the whole package.
What is your favorite outfit of Wimbledon 2012?
For more 2012 Grand Slam fashion, remind yourselves of what women's tennis players were wearing at the Australian Open and Roland Garros:
- Australian Open 2012 fashion – the best of Nike, Adidas and Fila
- The richness of WTA fashion at the 2012 French Open – video overview
Actually, today I created a whole page with links to all my past Grand Slam fashion articles. Feel free to visit it: Overviews of fashion at the greatest WTA tennis stages – Grand Slams and WTA Championships. (photos via Wimbledon)