Paris is known as a fashion capital and as host of the French Open it is also among the cities that sets new standards in tennis apparel design.
Style and performance teamed up this fortnight at the Grand Slam and Marija Zivlak of Women's Tennis Blog will tell us which WTA players raised the fashion level on the clay courts.
Adidas is taking tennis fashion to new heights with Garbine Muguruza’s Escouade Dress. A daring silhouette in a lightweight package that offers icy coolness on the court makes this dress a top choice for women looking for a super breathable and stylish outfit.
The lightweight item incorporates mesh layering and Climacool technology so that players can stay cool and dry even during the most intense rallies. The slim-fitted dress is crafted from stretchy fabric that flexes as Muguruza races around the court. A coordinating cross-strap sports bra and ball shorty are included in the design.
Besides the all-over mesh, what makes the Escouade Dress different from the competition are details such as a drawcord at the contrasting white waistband and light blue square accents at armholes and pleated hem.
The blue highlights of the dress are perfectly matched with Muguruza’s adidas SoleCourt Boost Clay shoes.
The faux polo features a fold-over collar made of striped rib trim that matches the elastic waistband of the Romanian’s open hole mesh Summer Essential Skirt. Giving a fun twist to the entire look is the French-inspired floral print on the inner shorts.
Whenever Serena Williams appears at a Grand Slam she pushes the game's fashion envelope even further.
The tennis queen had all eyes on her with Nike’s cape-jacket emblazoned with the words “mother”, “champion”, “queen”, and “goddess” written in French, a revolutionary design in athletic wear coming from the mind of Off-White’s Virgil Abloh.
The cape reinforces Williams’ royal status in the sport, while the daring crop top and asymmetrical skirt in a zebra-like pattern give an extra edge to the attention-grabbing outfit.
The figure-flattering cut includes a contrasting curved hem specifically designed to aid mobility, while a unique racerback style with back cutout functions both as a chic detail and an additional ventilation channel. Breathable stretch knit fabric and NB Dry Tech are there for comfortable and sweat-free on-court battles.
To round out the runway-inspired look, New Balance positioned elegant gold taping around the waist and hem.
Tradition meets trends in Kiki Bertens’ Fila Summer Heritage Polo Dress. The classic silhouette is enhanced with revamped fits and top performance features such as UV protection and moisture-wicking properties.
Modernized stylistic elements include a long five-button placket with striped taping inside, ribbed collar and contrasting white hip insert.
Orange always looks good on the Parisian dirt. Anett Kontaveit stood out in this Lacoste Spring Performance Top, crafted in ultra-dry stretch jersey with mesh panels, and a coordinating skirt unique for its centrally-positioned striped pleat in the front.
The top is highlighted by a contrast white crew neck and inset on the back.
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