It’s time for my traditional Grand Slam fashion overview, Wimbledon edition. High necks seem to be everywhere this season, but that and sweat-wicking properties are the only things that London 2018 outfits tend to have in common. In terms of design, some stand out with clean and crisp looks, some are an ode to pleats, some employ rich textures and different laser cuts, while some bring back retro-inspired styles.
While in previous years Serena Williams liked to challenge the strict Wimbledon fashion rules by wearing shorts in vibrant colors or a colored headband, this time the seven-time champion went for an all-white Nike dress, surprising us only by wearing full-length sleeves.
Venus Williams often has wrap-style V-neck dresses with large mesh back inset panel in her EleVen collections and this Core Crescendo Dress is a plain white alternative to the American’s usual busy prints. A novelty in V’s look is an armsleeve, which we’re used to seeing her little sister sporting.
Maria Sharapova‘s Nike Fall Maria London Dress, which you can see in more detail in my outfit unveiling article, is an innovative design where pleats are included both in the skirt and in the racerback. The keyhole cutout adds to the unique visual identity of the back, while the front section is clean and simple. Stretch-knit fabric and Dri-FIT technology are their for ultimate on-court comfort.
WIMBLEDON TENNIS FASHION THROUGH THE YEARS:
- 2017: Rich textures and finishes make stunning performance dresses
- 2016: High collars, various types of pleats and mesh, baby doll looks, and more WTA fashion trends
- 2015: The beautiful ladies’ tennis fashion within the boundaries of the white rule
- 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
Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina, Victoria Azarenka, Madison Keys, Sloane Stephens, Eugenie Bouchard, Daria Kasatkina and others rocked sleek separates including the Nike Fall Slam Sleeveless Tank and Nike Fall Victory Skirt.
The seamless construction and high neck give the tank a streamlined look, while engineered knit material allots breathability and soft comfort.
An all-around pleated skirt featuring built-in shorts allows great freedom of movement and, as we can see, sometimes even gives Marilyn Monroe moments.
Gold Swoosh is a perfect subtle accent on the clean white look.
The dress is all about an airy feel provided by its lightweight material, mesh insets at chest, V-shaped back and skirt, and super thin tank straps that criss cross in the back. Moreover, its scalloped hemline is something we don’t often see in tennis dresses.
Remember when Adidas surprised us by cooperating with musician Pharrell Williams for the 2017 US Open? Now they again teamed up with an unlikely partner, UK’s skateboard brand Palace, to create a capsule collection that brings about retro vibes in a modern and high-performance package.
Defending champion Garbine Muguruza and Angelique Kerber promote the white engineered sleeveless tank top featuring hidden button placket and drawcord at the waist. The tank top is matched with the Adidas Seasonal Skirt.
Naomi Osaka looked hip and cheerful in a white jacquard short-sleeved tee and cute Adidas Seasonal Shorts.
My favorite Adidas x Palace retro-inspired outfit was promoted by Estonian Anett Kontaveit — the romper-style Adidas Seasonal Dress, which beats the competition with its casual fit, side pockets, elastic at the waistband, and hidden button-up closure.
Stella McCartney shows that plain white designs can be busy, as the British designer’s Wimbledon dress for Caroline Wozniacki and Kristina Mladenovic includes a plethora of textural details, including diamond mesh and smartly placed laser cutouts to provide more ventilation and enhance a feminine silhouette.
Karolina Pliskova presented Fila’s Championships collection characterized by floral lace overlay embellishments. My favorite item is the Fila Championships Dress with corset-like detail, but the ace queen, who turned out to be the last Top 10 seed standing, chose to wear the Fila Championships Racerback Tank and the Lace Hem Skirt.
Agnieszka Radwanska showcased the white variant of her Lotto Nixia IV Dress, a racerback design that boasts mountain jacquard fabric with geometric features and ruffled hem for feminine flair.
As pleats are not really her thing, I always enjoy seeing Dominika Cibulkova in short, form-fitting, sporty dresses and the Lacoste Spring Dress, which has been around for ages, really popped out in its all-white form at Wimbledon.
As you know, before the tournament Lacoste told us that Cibulkova would wear their new separates, in particular the Lacoste Spring Tank with reflective style details on straps and the Lacoste Spring Pleated Skirt, but I’m glad that the Slovak opted for the silhouette that suits her physique better.
Even though Asics’ promo pics showed Julia Goerges wearing the Asics Spring Speed Dress, we saw Johanna Konta in it, while the German chose the Asics Spring Athlete RG Tank with side vents and Gel-Cool technology, and skirt that goes with it.
Sorana Cirstea sported the New Balance Summer Tournament Tank and Summer Tournament Skirt. I adore the unique racerback design of the tank, which you can see in my pre-tournament presentation of New Balance’s gear, and the cute dotted pattern of the skirt’s mesh overlay.
Simple Sergio Tacchini separates accompanied Ekaterina Makarova on her way to the fourth round.
Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu, a new official Sofibella representative, rocked the Miami Pocket Cami that has dual spaghetti straps at back and lace pockets at sides for extra storage, and a double ruffle skirt.
What’s your opinion about this year’s Wimbledon fashion? Do you prefer the retro vibes of Adidas’ collection, Stella’s busy whites, Nike’s sporty separates, Fila’s lacy style or something else?