It's been ten years already since I've started my so called WTA Fashion Retrospections in the off-season and this time I'm more than glad to open the 2016 edition of the series with Dominika Cibulkova, a Slovak who has been a big tennis name for a long time, but peaked this year with a Top 5 debut, the WTA Finals triumph, and most importantly dominant tennis full of passion that raised our heart rate. In the private department Cibulkova's year was just as spectacular, as she married her long-time partner Miso Navara in July.
The 27-year-old Cibulkova's 2016 apparel was all about navy and white, which was not a surprise as her clothing sponsor Lacoste is on the most conservative side of the tennis fashion spectrum. The situation was absolutely the same two years ago, as you can see in my 2014 overview, while 2012 did offer a bit more color.
It's almost a rule that players open the season with designs from the closing of the previous season and Cibulkova made no exception, playing Brisbane and Hobart in the Technical Jersey Lacoste Sport Tank Top Tennis Dress from the 2015 US Open collection. A detail that distinguishes this sporty dress from the rest is specific racerback design.
Even though the Slovak enjoys dressing up and experimenting with fashion in her private life, on the court her style is quite conservative, so it's not a surprise that she wore this same dress at eight subsequent tournaments, including her title run in Katowice.
At the French Open, Cibulkova showcased the navy version of her Roland Garros dress, which has royal blue highlights in place of fluo yellow from the white dress.
At the US Open and the rest of the tournaments until the end of the season, including the WTA Finals, Domi wore yet another blue design, highlighted by a contrast sports bra that peeks through an edgy keyhole cutout on the back.
The shape of the neckline and the cutout are the only features that help me distinguish this Lacoste Fall Dress from the company's previous designs.
Final fashion verdict: Even though we're craving genuinely new designs from Lacoste, we can't deny that Cibulkova rocked these sporty dresses, especially the season's closing piece that fit every inch of the Pocket Rocket's body just right.
Are you OK with Lacoste's conservative approach? Tell me in the comments. (photos: Jimmie48)