7 Wimbledon 2015 Tennis Outfits That Manage To Be Totally Unique Despite A Very Tight Dress Code
Wimbledon has begun, and England's famous tennis competition can't go without Wimbledon fashion being noticed. Despite the strict tournament rules for clothing on the court, the women of tennis are still finding ways to show off their individual styles and preferences — despite a pretty strict dress code — in this year's outfits thus far. If you're not already schooled on the regulations for both the men and women, here is the official rules list from the Wimbledon site:
- Competitors must be dressed in suitable tennis attire that is almost entirely white and this applies from the point at which the player enters the court surround.
- White does not include off white or cream.
- There should be no solid mass or panel of coloring. A single trim of color around the neckline and around the cuff of the sleeve is acceptable but must be no wider than one centimeter (10mm).
- Color contained within patterns will be measured as if it is a solid mass of color and should be within the one centimeter (10mm) guide. Logos formed by variations of material or patterns are not acceptable.
- The back of a shirt, dress, tracksuit top, or sweater must be totally white.
- Shorts, skirts, and tracksuit bottoms must be totally white except for a single trim of color down the outside seam no wider than one centimeter (10mm).
- Caps, headbands, bandanas, wristbands, and socks must be totally white except for a single trim of color no wider than one centimeter (10mm).
- Shoes must be almost entirely white, including the soles. Large manufacturers’ logos are not encouraged. The grass court shoes must adhere to the Grand Slam rules... In particular shoes with pimples around the outside of the toes shall not be permitted. The foxing around the toes must be smooth.
- Any undergarments that either are or can be visible during play (including due to perspiration) must also be completely white except for a single trim of color no wider than one centimeter (10mm). In addition, common standards of decency are required at all times.
- Medical supports and equipment should be white if possible but may be colored if absolutely necessary.
Phew. With a list like that, it seems nearly impossible to show off any individual style, but here's how the tennis pros are doing it. Because seriously, white on white on white on white sounds more than a little boring.
1. Serena Williams
The No. 1 seeded women's player sported a Nike dress suit on the first day of the competition with a mesh bottom showing off a section of her midriff, giving the illusion of wearing a two-toned ensemble. She further accentuated the look with animal print to give off a little feisty and fierce vibe to her opponents.
2. Maria Sharapova
This tennis great debuted her Wimbledon fashion with a similar style. Also wearing a Nike piece, parts of the skirt are mesh with a graphic print design to add a little sartorial whimsy.
3. Caroline Wozniacki
Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki collaborated with fashion designer Stella McCartney for this gorgeous number. The court can turn into a catwalk when players catch the attention of famous designers as opposed to prototypical sports brands endorsements. With lines of contouring towards the peek of skin in the middle of the bodice and the little dash of gold on the shorts, this piece stands out.
4. Flavia Pennetta
The Italian tennis player showed off an Adidas number with a zip up front and another mesh skirt — this one with a little more traditional flare to it.
5. Vitalia Diatchenko
In her first round match, Russian player Vitalia Diatchenko came out with a simple Nike ensemble but played to her individuality with a plunging neckline and her quintessential ponytail braid.
6. Ana Ivanovic
Serbian player Ana Ivanovic debuted this Adidas ensemble with unique spaghetti straps crossed over in the back, which definitely made her noticeable amongst the pack.
7. Alize Cornet
The French player wore a Lacoste piece for her Wimbledon debut — also featuring mesh, though this time it's on the top portion of the shirt, which also features a collar. Something you don't tend to see on the tennis courts that often anymore.
Despite the stringent rules of Wimbledon over the the outfits these top tennis players can and can't wear, there's always a little something one can do to make an ensemble a little more suited to one's personal tastes.
And just as a little bonus, Venus Williams opted to design her own Wimbledon dress this year and has called it the Fleur Du Monde. Although it seemed quite simple upon first glance, it was a sure fire way to make a statement at Wimbledon.
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