If you're a loyal reader of my blog, you know that I do extensive fashion overviews for each Grand Slam and that I'm a big fan of Wimbledon fashion, even though all that brands have to work with is plain white. My stance is that strict Wimbledon rules push designers to think extra hard, forcing them to play even more with textures, fabrics and cuts, as they don't have the freedom of using attention-grabbing colors and prints. Have a look at this collage of latest women's tennis clothing and let me know if you agree with me.
Horizontal tonal stripes and modern dual criss-cross straps at back are the highlights of Ana Ivanovic's Adidas Fall All Premium Dress. Always modern and never over-the-top, the Serb looked sporty and elegant at the same time, just like Simona Halep and Kristina Mladenovic, who worked separates from this Adidas London Collection.
Representatives of the Adidas Barricade line created by Stella McCartney, most notably Andrea Petkovic and Caroline Wozniacki, looked spectacular in the new designs that merge sportiness and femininity. Petkovic paired the classic Adidas Fall Stella McCartney Tank, that includes a half-zip for customizable ventilation, with a highly refreshing and girly laser cut open mesh skirt. Wozniacki's Adidas Fall Stella McCartney Dress has a sporty cut, with the hem adding Stella's unavoidable touch of femininity, while the top front wrap element and V-shaped straps at back are absolute hits. Moreover, Stella didn't want to keep her designs on the safe side by completely avoiding colors, rather, she used slight yellow accents, but modest enough not to challenge Wimbledon's restricting and clearly defined rules.
Venus Williams made a last-minute change of mind. Instead of wearing the overly simple dress that her team told me she would wear, the five-time Wimbledon champion switched to this V-neck EleVen item with crossed straps at square back opening, while the touch of detail at the bottom section are just several stylish pleats at center back.
Just like in the Wimbledon tune-up period, Agnieszka Radwanska sported the Lotto London Kaylee Dress, that doesn't follow the trend of entertaining back designs, having just modest racerback, but the front section is embellished with four layers at chest. There is slight contrast piping on sides, while the most distinctive feature of the design are laser perforations at bottom hem.
Unlike Lotto, Sloane Stephen's Under Armour embraced the playfulness in the back area, featuring thin vertical laces in the open back section and cute, textured chest.
Maria Sharapova's Nike dress has strategically-placed subtle print with contrasting triangles, in the skirt section and at waist for better figure definition. The back is that of a regular tank, but that's a wise decision, since the dress has many other beatifying details that grab attention, so a busy back would be too much for this piece.
Serena Williams introduced animal prints right after last year's Wimbledon, while wider public certainly still has in mind the world No.1's bold US Open dresses (as a reminder, check out my retrospective of all Serena's 2014 looks), and it's interesting that the American tennis tornado is still wearing that same print, applied to a different style of dress. The cut of this latest dress is similar to Serena's memorable Australian Open dress, with very open top section featuring two thin straps that merge at back. As you can see, a good supportive bra is a must, and Serena's option is always Berlei.
Jelena Jankovic eliminated defending champion Petra Kvitova from the tournament, feeling comfortable in her Fila Spring Lawn Dress, which offers UV 30+ protection, while much-needed breathability is ensured thanks to tonal mesh inserts at front and back.
When it comes to Lacoste, I thought that their collared look would be my favorite of the tournament, but it turned out it didn't fulfill my expectations. On Christina McHale I didn't like that the top was a bit see-through and the whole outfit seemed somewhat sloppy, while Alize Cornet's bottom was plain, she didn't wear the pleated option that we expected (I saw she wore it in doubles, but paired it with a different tank, so again we didn't have the expected, highly classy look).
Elina Svitolina promoted the classy sportiness of Ellesse, a nice everyday look.
Tube socks are a must in Bethanie Mattek Sands' style, this time kind of soccer-player-inspired, while Italian Camila Giorgi went for a bold all-lace kit. By the way, I read somewhere that Giorgi is planning to start her own clothing brand, but is still keeping its name a secret.
My favorite outfit of this year's Wimbledon is Maria Sharapova's Nike dress, even though I'm disappointed that it's not available at retail. My second favorite is Caroline Wozniacki's Adidas Fall Stella McCartney Dress and overall the entire new Adidas Barricade group. Which outfits are your favorites? I want to hear your thoughts in the comments.
If you enjoyed this overview, do take some time to compare the fashions from previous Wimbledons. You'll get a better picture of the evolution of women's tennis clothing:
- 2014: When tradition meets modern women's tennis fashion at Wimbledon
- 2013: Wimbledon fashion shocks, tasteful style experiments and classic choices
- 2012: Discreet fashion ruled the grass this year
- 2011: Pushing the boundaries at the most traditional Grand Slam
- 2010: What the fashion radar spotted on the Wimbledon courts
(photos: Moo's Tennis Blog; Jimmie48; Florian Eisele, Jon Buckle, Thomas Lovelock, Jed Leicester, Eddie Keogh/AELTC; Shaun Botterill, Julian Finney, Ian Walton, Clive Brunskill, Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)