It's that time again. My obsession with Wimbledon knows no bounds. If I wasn't so glued to the screen, (and jet-lagged), I would have gotten this post out sooner...Better late than never right?
First of course I have to trot out some of my favorites from my youth because I am still in love with their style. Chris Evert will always be the tennis dress diva in my mind due to her variety of custom-made frocks. Part of the thrill was waiting to see what outfit she would wear next. Notice her coordinating bows, jackets and towels as well... I dig coordination.
This was the era when players had their frocks custom made, before they were beholden to brands like they are now. Clearly more there was more individual style and flair.
|1975 How cute is the bow as a headband?|
I also loved the feminine style of Aussie Evonne Goolagong. The neck scarf was a pretty as well as useful and scallops are always a good idea.
Have I mentioned I am campaigning to bring back the tennis sweater?
Bjorn Borg and Arthur Ashe looking preppy at Wimbledon in the late 70s. I have a reverence for the pukka shell necklace Arthur is sporting here as well. (Brings me back to dreamy guys in 6th grade...)
The hair gods were good to Borg, no? He got a few other gifts as well.
This shot is purely for tennis sweater campaign purposes only. ;D
Really McEnroe? Next to Bjorn he has the look of an extra in Meatballs. (Remember that quality flick?) Hey, McEnroe didn't behave so well either, unlike the gentleman Borg. Can you imagine guys going around with their shirts unbuttoned like this now?
Did I mention Borg never looked sweaty? Okay sorry!
Check out these wonderful vintage Tube posters.
Tradition and all you know...
Some players try to assert a little flair without breaking the rules. Stylish looks I appreciate this year...
Apparently Sharapova got in trouble for having these orange colored pants under her dress. As a tennis player myself, I love them. White shows everything.
Caroline Wozniacki's Stella McCartney for Adidas dress was one of my favorites.
Sloane Stephens is very feminine and I loved this lacy headband.
Maria Sharapova always has pretty dresses. I just can't stand her terrible squealing.
Serena was out early. She looked great as always and I believe her dresses are custom fit to her. I know tennis dresses and hers are always tailored perfectly to flatter her shape.
How inspiring was Kimiko Date-Krum of Japan? After retiring for 13 years to have a family, this 42 year old came back to make it all the way to the third round of Wimbledon where she played Serena Williams. Love stories like that!
Marion Bartoli of France won the final. Nice to see someone who had never been expected to get this far win. Also inspiring! Anything is possible.
As far as the men...
Spaniard Fernando Verdasco. He always keeps his cool. My son was ball boy for him and he's a complete gentleman.
Dustin Brown of Germany has a unique style.
Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina also looked crisp and played a tough game against Djokovic.
Speaking of, I'm firmly in the Andy Murray camp, but Novak Djokovic has been growing on me. Here he's riding his bike around Wimbledon. He actually dressed as one of the ball kids and ran into center court with them. He seems like a fun guy.
Hope you enjoyed Wimbledon as much as I did.
For more vintage Wimbledon style see my post on it here.
Find these photos and more on my Pinterest board Tennis Style.