Even though the US Open is just around the corner and we are about to have big clothing releases at the most fashion-forward Grand Slam, the period leading up to the major tournament also turned out to be highly competitive in terms of tennis fashion. Let's have a look at the biggest on-court style successes this August with Marija Zivlak of Women's Tennis Blog.
Athletes wearing adidas' line designed by Stella McCartney launched the yellow version of the sleek and slim adidas Fall Stella McCartney Tank and the grey laser cut open mesh skirt with matching yellow tipping at elastic waistband. Many players wore these separates during August, including Kimiko Date-Krumm, who made headlines by ousting Sabine Lisicki at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Caroline Wozniacki and Andrea Petkovic.
The seamless racerback tank features a half-zip for increased ventilation, as well as nice textured zones at tummy and chest.
Sofibella is still a rising brand, but its growth has recently been in top gear, as its good designs have been supported by noticeable results of its representatives, tennis moms Kateryna Bondarenko and Tatjana Maria. Last month Bondarenko's outfit also made my WTA fashion favorites and her separates received the largest number of votes in the poll, but now the company went even further, making what is in my opinion their best collection to date.
The shades of purple, grey and yellow form a perfect combination, as the beautiful purple brings liveliness, stone grey ensures a nice contrast, and electric yellow adds that always-needed edge. Final result: refreshing mix of colors excellent for all occasions, whether you play a Grand Slam or just practice in your neighborhood.
The design is not lagging behind either. I love the high neck and T-back of Bondarenko's Sofibella Power Play Tank Dress, as well as the layered skirt with contrast piping. For those who like to cover their shoulders, Maria's Sofibella Power Play Cap-Sleeve Top is an excellent choice, featuring both stylish and practical grey mesh inserts at shoulders and a cute keyhole cutout at neckline.
Just like Sofibella, Ellesse has deserved back-to-back appearances in my monthly overviews of top tennis styles. The company, founded in Italy in 1959, manages to find the perfect meeting point between traditional style and modern feel. They always revolve around just several basic colors, they never experiment with flashy details or materials, but somehow they constantly produce designs that attract attention with their young and modern look, as you can see in these photos of Monica Puig and Elina Svitolina.
Serena Williams' Australian Open dress has remained the biggest tennis fashion talk of the season and the world number one's kit for her Western & Southern Open title run very much reminds of that Melbourne outfit. The American looked stylish in the Nike Fall Tennis Strappy Tank paired with a flirty black pleated skirt. The color of the tank is volt (that's the name Nike uses for this yellow tone) and since it does not come with a built-in bra, you can make endless combinations and Serena opted for orange.
My favorite touch in the entire look is the cute bow and thin headband Williams accessorized with, looking girly and innocent, a stark contrast to her fierce on-court persona.
And last but not least, Li Ning is among my WTA fashion favorites for the first time. Zheng Saisai wore this lovely light yellow piece during her week in Stanford crowned with the doubles title she won with Xu Yi-Fan. Because of the color, it resembles a bit Jelena Jankovic's Fila dress that made my June fashion favorites, but the Li Ning dress has additional details that include subtle color-blocks and dark band below bust.