PARIS, France - When it comes to Grand Slams, the French Open just might be the most stylish. Not only does it take place in Paris, one the fashion capitals of the world, it serves as quite the contrast to the all-white dress code of Wimbledon. From bright, bold colors to eye-catching, edgy designs, this tournament is bringing out the very best in tennis gear in a big way. So which women wore the most note-worthy outfits on the red clay? Read on for my top picks and more!
Ana Ivanovic is so gorgeous, she can pretty much make any outfit look amazing, but she scored some big style points with me in this navy and orange adidas ensemble. Made with the label's signature ClimaCool technology, the custom dress features contrasting tie-dye piping and a form-fitting shape that completely compliments the Serbian stunner's incredible figure. And if you think the front is cool, check out the back! Topping off the look with a matching visor, I'd say she totally aced it.
If there's one female who knows how to dress, it's Jelena Jankovic. I'm always excited to see what she wears on (and off) the courts, and the French Open is no different. JJ looked smashing in this adorable cheerleading-inspired outfit that matches her fun, charming personality. The work of designer Ginny Hilfiger, the ensemble is from Fila's Heritage Collection and definitely does not disappoint. I love the classic combo of navy and white (it never goes out of style!), and the stripes brought a little edge to her overall look. JJ gave us a sneak peak of the dress in Indian Wells and I have to say, it's even cuter in person!
Neon and asymmetrical hems are very trendy this season, so it's only fitting that it was Serena Williams who rocked such an ultra-hip style. The American athlete often likes to sport scoop necks and belts accentuating her waist, but I love how the uneven skirt and bright shoes showed off her sassy side. While this Nike Novelty Knit Dress slightly resembles her 2013 US Open look, the longer, fuller skirt gave it the perfect amount of Parisian flair. Tres chic!
Not only does Sloane Stevens have the moves on the court, she's got some serious swagger in the fashion world too. The WTA rising star with the sparkling smile and sleek physique just so happens to have been named one of Vogue's "New Wave of Style Stars" - and by the looks of this figure-flattering, attention-grabbing Under Armour dress, I'm not surprised! Talk about Sloane-sational.
If there's one woman who looked casual and cool on the clay, it was Maria Sharapova. Always quite the fashionista, the radiant Russian served up a simple style with this Nike Maria Premier dusty pink color-blocked tunic and orange bottoms. She reintroduced the biker shorts trend at the Australian Open and I'm so happy to see she brought them back!
Winning over any super stylish Parisian can be pretty tough in a city known for its fashion, however Venus Williams really impressed in this bold, vivid frock. She's certainly made headlines in the past with her wild wardrobe (who can forget that oh-so-sexy red and black can-can dress she wore a few years ago), but I'm going on record to say this one is a total winner. Featuring splashes of energetic color, her own Aurora A-line design is actually inspired by impressionist paintings. The best part? "The whole philosophy of EleVen is about overcoming adversity and triumphing over anything while looking fashionable doing it," says Venus. You go girl!
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