When it comes to Wimbledon women’s tennis, even non-fans of the sport find themselves talking about one of two things: the grunts of the players or the fashion. As ever, the latter category will inspire plenty of conversations this year, as the stars of the court find new ways to adhere to Wimbledon’s strict dress code whilst still demonstrating their individual style.
Most of the female stars are favouring playsuits, mesh mini dresses and vest tops with spaghetti straps for 2015, and some have been working with high-end fashion designers, along with the usual sports brands, to push the boundaries of the dress code set down by the Lawn Tennis Association. The Williams sisters have long been associated with expressing themselves in the fashion game as well as on the courts, and on the first day of Wimbledon Serena turned out in a low-cut Nike dress with her meshed midriff on show. The dress code states that players must wear only white, but the dress still managed to incorporate some animal print detailing. Maria Sharapova took to the court in a similar Nike dress with a V-neck, low-cut vest covered in a sheer printed overlay, meaning that all eyes were on her as well as her game.
In the past, Serena caused a storm by wearing bright orange and purple shorts under her white dress, but this prompted the LTA to tighten up the rules, meaning that women are now only allowed to wear all-white shorts except for a single-seam trim that can’t be wider than a centimetre. On the second day of this year’s tournament, Caroline Wozniacki went for a gold trim on her shorts and a Stella McCartney and Adidas dress with a low-cut vest top and white mesh overlay. Flavia Pennetta wore something similar on day one, matching a mesh skirt with a zip top. Other fashion notables this year also include Ana Ivanovic in a Fall All Premium dress by Adidas with spaghetti straps spanning her back, and Venus Williams with her own creation entitled The Fleur Du Monde, whilst both Victoria Azarenka and Anna-Lena Friedsam have both gone with outfits from Nike – their brand sponsors.
Get the Look | If you don’t fancy heading out onto the courts in an old t-shirt and baggy after seeing the style on show at Wimbledon this year, here are our top ten suggestions for ace tennis fashion for 2015. 1. Adidas All Premium Tennis Dress, £70 from John Lewis. 2. Stella McCartney Barricade Skort, £45 from Adidas. 3. Stella McCartney Barricade Dress, £90 from Adidas. 4. Kaylee Women Dress, £30.90 from Tennis Point. 5. Adidas Premium Tennis Dress, £54.99 from PWP Tennis. 6. Nike Premium Tank Top, £39.99 from Sports Direct. 7. Nike Woven Pleated Tennis Dress, £40 from Nike. 8. Adidas All Premium Ladies’ Dress, £56 from Millets. 9. ASICS Club Dress, £40.49. from Millets 10. Nike Novelty Knit Dress, £34.99 from Tennis Nuts.