Wimbledon has just wrapped with Serena Williams defeating Garbine Muguruza 6-4 6-4 to complete the “Serena Slam,” winning four straight majors for the second time. Her playing at this year’s championship, though, has become just as much a topic of conversation as the fashion she sported on the court.
Wimbledon has a strict dress code, preventing nothing more than a centimeter of color trim on clothing worn on the courts for both practice and matches. But, gone are the days when women would wear simple polo shirts and pleated skirts to play tennis. Today, you’ll find tennis stars favoring mesh skirts, lace mini dresses, animal-print rompers and more, pushing the boundaries of the Lawn Tennis Association dress code.
Tennis stars, such as Caroline Wozniacki, have affirmed that what they wear contributes to how good they feel on the court, giving them one less thing to worry about when trying to focus on the game. Creating garments that not only help stars to look and feel confident but are also functional has become a challenge for designers, pushing them to come up with intricate designs that will stand out in a sea of white outfits. As a result, the court has transformed into a catwalk for everyone to view the latest in fashionable sportswear.
Popular trends this year at Wimbledon included graphic print overlays, mesh, strap detailing, and plunging necklines.
Ana Ivanovic wore an Adidas Fall All Premium dress with spaghetti straps across the back on day two of the tournament.
Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia wore a revealing low-cut top from Nike in her first round match.
The Williams sisters are known for donning experimental styles, pushing the boundaries as far as they can. Serena Williams took to center court on the first day of the grand slam in a Nike dress with animal print overlay in white. The dress also had a panel of transparent mesh around the print, revealing a glimpse of her midriff.
Maria Sharapova also sported a v-neck dress with graphic print overlay during her opening match.
Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki pushed the one centimeter of color accent to its limits with a dress from Adidas designed by Stella McCartney that had white shorts with gold trim. The dress also features a low-cut vest style top that has a white mesh overlay.
High fashion mixed and mingled with high function at this year’s championships, reaffirming that tennis is the ultimate fashion forward sport.