Any time of year is suitable for some sparkle, but it’s especially fashionable come the holidays. Instead of reserving the shimmer for holiday office parties and cocktail soirees, let your inner diva sing and shine on the court, too.
Let’s start from the ground up with a look at a few of your options. For shoes with some sheen, I recommend either the Prince T22 in Silver/Berry or the Asics Gel Challenger 9 in Silver/Lime. The T22 is an all-around great shoe that offers comfort, support and durability. The Asics shoe is really comfortable and is lighter feeling on court, but still offers good support. For lighter weight and speedier feel, go with the Asics. Though heavier feeling, the T22 is going to offer better durability, plus a six-month outsole guarantee.
It seems everywhere I look these days I see someone wearing a peplum top. I love the look and find it flattering because it accentuates the thinnest part of your waist. Leave it to Maria Sharapova and Nike to take this fashion trend and bring it to the tennis court. The Nike Premier Maria Tank is a mix of Dri-Fit knit on top and a woven taffeta on bottom for enough stretch for tennis and plenty of lightweight comfort. To keep it sporty, there’s a racerback, which also features a stylish keyhole cutout.
With Sharapova out with an injury, I’m not sure if we’ll get to see this look on court. Eugenie Bouchard sported Sharapova’s dress at the US Open (and was still wearing it at her last tournament), so she might be one to watch. Have you seen the look on your local courts?
Today during my lunchtime hit, I took the game outdoors. Today looked like fall had arrived with cooler temperatures and softer light. The official start of fall is Sunday so we’re right on schedule. I love this time of year, and fall fashions are among my favorites. I love the rich, deep colors. One of the fringe benefits of tennis is the fashion. We get to play the game we love, plus we get to play around with fashion, too. As if I needed an excuse.
The fall EleVen by Venus Williams collection brings an extra element of fashion to athletic wear. Venus is right on trend with her floral print — the high fashion runways showed some for the season. Just check out Dolce Gabbana’s fall-winter collection. You’ll find a variety of florals, and plenty of them go back to black just like the EleVen line.
Venus wore my favorite piece of the collection — the Rose Mesh Dress — at this year’s US Open. It’s just the perfect dose of pretty and sweet. I also love the depth of color in the pink in the group for fall, and it mixes well with both solid black and the floral print. If an all-over floral print just isn’t your cup of tea, you can still get the look by pairing one floral piece with a solid piece. It’s also worth noting that the Flutter Skort comes in two lengths (12″ and 14″) so you can further customize your look.