If you are anything like me or my tennis friends, your life is busy and you are usually juggling your outfits with your daily activities — from the gym, to work, to the court, to running errands, etc.! So we wanted to help you out and grabbed 10 super cute pieces from Nike and made several different outfits perfect for all areas of your day — from sporty to sassy to strong looks — we’ve got you covered!
Like the professional athletes of our sport, today’s tennis players don’t just play tennis anymore to get their exercise in — you can find them in the gym, running, hiking, taking barre classes, kickboxing, cross-fitting, etc. Which is why this blog is a shout out to those dynamic ladies out there who find themselves on the court, off the court, in the gym and every where in between on a daily basis. These are the looks the active, athletic tennis ladies live in. Continue reading →
We already picked our personal favorite apparel pieces of 2013, but here’s one last nod to the year in apparel. This time we chose some of our favorite looks of the year as seen on the pro tour. For more, check out our Talk Tennis message board, where tennis fans have posted their favorites in this thread. In no particular order, here’s a look back:
Maria Kirilenko is adidas by Stella McCartney at the US Open.
Laura Robson is adidas by Stella McCartney at the US Open.
Ladies rejoice! I am once and for all debunking the idea that athletic wear cannot be stylish. Yes, you read that right. With the last of the four major Fashion Weeks wrapping up in Paris on Wednesday, I couldn’t help but notice many similarities between items that Tennis Warehouse carries and items that were featured on the catwalk. Here, take a look for yourself! Show up to the courts in one of these outfits, and you’ll be the most up-to-date player of the latest fashion trends.
Fila / Rag & Bone
It’s almost as though Fila and Rag & Bone worked as partners together on their collections. That, or they’re experts in knowing what’s fashionable! Both used an almost identical pattern on their tops to create a sophisticated look.
Fila Fall Baseline Racer Tank
Rag & Bone (Photo: Marcus Tondo /Indigitalimages.com)
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.
Ana Ivanovic is wearing one of my favorite looks this week at the US Open in her adidas Adizero line of clothes — I’m loving the bright color combos in this collection! She takes the court in the next round against American, Christina McHale (who also is wearing pieces from the adizero Fall collection). So, let’s take a quick look at what Ana is styling on the courts of Flushing Meadows.
Ana Ivanovic at the US Open — photo by Cynthia Lum
Her apparel: The colors in this collection absolutely pop out there on the court and I love the reddish-orange combo with the dark blue. Ana is wearing the Fall Adizero Dress in the Hi-Res Red (orange) with Hero Ink color. This bold, lightweight adidas dress features a scoop neck, racerback straps, mesh inserts at the chest and upper back for increased ventilation. Also, this dress comes with a matching sports bra and compression short so you don’t have to worry about finding coordinating pieces! On her feet, she is wearing the adizero CC Tempaia IIs in a colorway that matches her dress perfectly. These lightweight, fast shoes offer extreme breathability and have been designed with maximum ventilation, which for sure help keep Ana’s feet cool on the hot NYC days. She shields the sun from her face, with her matching adizero II visor.
Her gear: Ana’s racquet of choice is the Yonex E-Zone Xi 98 which provides a stable, yet flexible, soft feel offering excellent power and a flexible, forgiving feel. From the baseline, this racquet feels very maneuverable allowing easy access to fast swings for power and spin generation. Shy hybrids her string with Solinco Tour Bite 16 with Wilson Natural Gut 16. She carries her gear on court with her Yonex Pro Bag.
With it being August (already!), hopefully you have one more summer getaway before Fall rolls around. So this week, the TW Stylists came up with some unique looks that are perfect for when you are heading out to get some tennis in — while on vacation. Or if you don’t have time for a trip away, these would make some great country club outfits as well.
While dropping off the kids at preschool, I noticed that gas prices have crept up 10 cents in the last couple of days. That seems to be the standard these days. The cost of everything going up, that is. The good deals are still there, but we just have to look harder. I had the TW Stylists do some of the work for you and asked them to find their favorite pieces under $40 that weren’t on sale. Karly upped the ante and nearly found an entire outfit for that amount. Impressive!
Let’s start with Karly and her outfit. The grand total for this outfit is $40.98. One of my favorite things about this outfit is the versatility. She went with a white Reebok skort, which is easily matched with just about any top. The tank is nearly all black, again an easy match with just about any bottom. I would recommend going down a size in the skort if you’re in between sizes because it runs slightly large. It’s also a good pick if you like skorts on the longer side.
Maria Sharapova in first round action during the US Open. Photo by Cynthia Lum.
Tonight Maria Sharapova is scheduled to be the first night match on Arthur Ashe Stadium (7 p.m. Eastern). We expect to see her step out in a special night dress ensemble to take on Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain. Before we catch glimpse of that one, let’s take a quick look at what she wore during her daytime first round match.
Let’s start with her racquet. To crush those forehands, Maria swings her Head YOUTEK IG Instinct. Our testers loved this racquet for its combination of power and spin. At about 11 ounces strung, this is an easy racquet for intermediate players to use, and it also leaves plenty of room for big hitters to modify it to suit their games.
Moving onto that pink dress! The Maria Back Court Day Dress suits her tall, slender frame so well. The pink and brown combo is very feminine as well as modern, and the mesh overlays on the bodice add some dimension and definition.