Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Wimbledon Chic

In 1919 the great Suzanne Lenglen caused a stir when she dared to bear her legs in (gasp) a calf length dress. Her outfit which was worn at Winbledon garnered as many headlines as her victory did. It may not be as popular as it was in the 80s but few can argue that tennis is a sport that makes people sit up take notice, especially when Wimbledon is on. So while the nation roars on Andy Murray the fashionistas will be checking out what the tennis stars are wearing. The All England Championship is infamous for its all white policy which has resulted in back to basic outfits being worn by the world’s top players. In 1985 American, Anne White broke tradition by donning an all white slinky cat suit (pictured above) and found herself all over the newspapers. She described the outfit as a perfect combination of "fashion and function but was told by referee, Alan Mills not to wear the outfit the next day.

Well gladly those stuffy days are behind us and now tennis stars are free to embrace their inner fashion self. We have the Williams sisters designing their own outfits with Serena waltzing onto court wearing a trench coat which has been imitated by Maria Sharapova. Defending champion, Rafael Nadal will be missed for his tennis talents as well as his style which comprises of a tank top and Capri pants. However, Roger Federer takes fashion to new lengths; in 2007 he had his blazer with four gold rackets embroidered on it to symbolise his victories, last year he had the retro cardigan. However this year he has surpassed himself by wearing a military style jacket with trousers and a waistcoat. He was also accessorised out with a gold and white man bag and gold swishes on his trainers.

3 cool comments:

Anonymous said...

wow! love that catsuit.
i vote for a return to 1919 hem lengths, then we can all give-up the gym, hurrah

Angel said...

Loved the Trench Coat, I want one now!

Slanelle said...

i love the 1st outfit! so funky !