It’s time for an all-white edition of my Grand Slam fashion overviews. After the 2019 Australian Open WTA fashion inspired by oceans, tattoos and ’90s, then the bees, flowers, zebras, and other graphic prints of Roland Garros, traditional Wimbledon brings about a richness of textures, cuts and intricate details.
Every detail in Serena Williams‘ on-court look suggests that she’s the queen of tennis. Her custom-made knitwear-textured Nike dress features deep side cutouts, reminiscent of the American’s style from the 2015 season, is spiced up with a one-of-a-kind accessory — the Swoosh studded with 34 Swarovski crystals that celebrate the age at which Serena won her last Wimbledon title in 2016.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion accessorized the unconventional dress with statement gold jewelry, a luxury watch, studded nail art, white hairband, see-through topcoat, and SW-logo-customized tennis bag and Nike Flare 2 shoes.
A couple of months ago I heard that Naomi Osaka would have her own Nike line and rumors have become reality this fortnight, as the two-time Grand Slam champion introduced a custom Nike dress that is all about asymmetry — the long pleated skirt is uneven and the chest area features an unusual cutout on the right side. The dress was exposed for only one match, as the Japanese became the first big casualty at the tournament.
Even though two Nike Maria London dresses were available ahead of the tournament, Maria Sharapova served the biggest fashion surprise by introducing a whole new, third design that includes cutouts below chest and on the back. Before Wimbledon I was certain that the Russian would wear the V-neck London Seamless Dress, but that design was probably too basic for the fashionista.
Masha’s Nike kicks were also unique, featuring her signature and five x’s representing her five major titles.
Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina, Madison Keys, Maria Sakkari, and Petra Kvitova all wore the Nike Fall Slam London Dress, a highly sophisticated item featuring a lace overlay and cute pleats at the back of the skirt.
The NikeCourt players alternated the dress with separates that include the Nike Fall Victory London Skirt, an asymmetric piece that stands out with its staggered hem and half-exposed elastic waistband. The skirt and the handcraft-inspired dress are presented in more detail in my NikeCourt Wimbledon fashion preview.
Both the Nike Air Zoom Vapor X and the Nike Air Zoom Zero shoe models feature a tennis ball smiley detail.
On Belinda Bencic we could see the white version of Sharapova’s floral Roland Garros dress — the Nike Summer Maria Dress — another asymmetrical piece with back cutout and knot at the left hip.
Venus Williams colored pure white her most provocative animal-print dress from the EleVen Love Leopard collection introduced at Roland Garros. The Pounce Dress, as it’s called, features crossed spaghetti straps at upper back.
All Adidas-sponsored players were clad in Stella McCartney’s designs made from recycled plastic waste.
Defending champion Angelique Kerber, who bowed out in the second round at the hands of Lauren Davis, sported the Adidas Fall Stella McCartney Tank and the Adidas Fall Stella McCartney Skirt, which both feature camo-inspired laser perforations and red accents.
Garbine Muguruza‘s eco-conscious Adidas Fall Stella McCartney Seamless Tank is the boldest when it comes to the British designer’s signature open holes. Even though Muguruza’s skirt is the same as Kerber’s, the overall look is completely different, as the Spaniard tucked her top in and the skirt’s red-highlighted elastic waistband is exposed.
Caroline Wozniacki rocked the Adidas Fall Stella McCartney Dress, whose laser-cut details help circulate airflow and form a camo pattern.
Coco Gauff had a stunning outfit to match her historic run to the fourth round of Wimbledon. The 15-year-old qualifier was equipped with the New Balance Summer Tournament Tank and Skirt, whose sporty and elegant silhouettes are enhanced by sophisticated stripes of gold. At closer look, you can notice that the tank includes mesh seaming at the waist, while the skirt boasts all-over mesh pinholes. This is my favorite Wimbledon 2019 look, as I anticipated in my New Balance preview.
Karolina Pliskova debuted the third edition of special P.L. Rolando collection, which relies on archival sketches of Fila’s original creative director Pierluigi Rolando. I prefer the halter-neckline tank from the range, but Pliskova chose the classic racerback tank. The all-white skort features a flat front, pleated back, and a jacquard racket print for subtle detailing.
World No.1 Ashleigh Barty rocked the Fila Match Play Full Coverage Tank and Fila Match Play Skort, featuring playful mesh overlays and orange pops of color.
My favorite Fila style is that of Kiki Bertens. The Dutch combined the Fila Lawn Racerback Tank, whose back mesh panels are coordinated with super cute pleated mesh inserts at the hem of the timeless Fila Lawn Skirt.
Polona Hercog gave quite a lot of exposure to her clothing sponsor Hydrogen, reaching the third round where she had two match points against the tournament phenomenon Coco Gauff. The Slovenian was wearing a clean white version of the Hydrogen Tech Victory Dress, but without the V-shaped accents and with the skull logo painted in gold instead of black.
Alison Riske‘s white Lotto top is the same design as the Spring Tech Tank, featuring a racerback with a keyhole cutout. The skirt features a rounded hem with side slits and a drawcord at waist. I have a direct contact will Lotto, but I haven’t seen anyone wearing the Wimbledon dress that Lotto showed me before the tournament.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands‘ Lucky In Love Secret Star Gaze Mesh Tank blends sheer power mesh and perforated mesh with opaque fabric, matching the white mesh micro-pleated skirt. Of course, knee-high socks are a must in the fashion-loving American’s on-court style.
Camila Giorgi lasted only one match, but her short, textured tank and coordinating skirt made her reach later rounds in the tennis fashion competition.
Monica Puig was one of Yonex‘ representatives that sported the 2019 London Tank whose racerback is enhanced by mesh fabric and keyhole cutout. The 2019 London Skirt features an elastic waistband with drawcord and a number of performance technologies, including odor control.
Pauline Parmentier, against whom Maria Sharapova retired in the first round, promoted Le Coq Sportif, a French company that included a unique triangular see-through inset at upper back.
Johanna Konta‘s Ellesse dress and visor are highlighted by stripy contrast trim.
Anett Kontaveit wore a white version of the Lacoste Spring Tennis Dress, a design that has been around throughout the 2019 season.
As I presented in my Asics Wimbledon preview, Julia Goerges opted for the Asics Gel-Cool Tank Top, featuring flexible criss-cross straps, and its matching skort. Those designs we’ve already seen at the Australian Open and Roland Garros — in Melbourne Julia Goerges wore the outfit in colors papaya and grey, while in Paris it was a combination of blue and navy.
Last but not least, surprise semifinalist Barbora Strycova was clad in the Sergio Tacchini Curvature Dress designed by Johanna Ho.
It’s your turn now! What are you favorite WTA outfits that graced the courts of Wimbledon 2019? Tell me in the comments below.
WIMBLEDON TENNIS FASHION THROUGH THE YEARS:
- 2018: Show-stopping white designs abundant in textures and details
- 2017: Rich textures and finishes make stunning performance dresses
- 2016: High collars, various types of pleats and mesh, baby doll looks, and more WTA fashion trends
- 2015: The beautiful ladies’ tennis fashion within the boundaries of the white rule
- 2014: When tradition meets modern women’s tennis fashion at Wimbledon
- 2013: Wimbledon fashion shocks, tasteful style experiments and classic choices
- 2012: Discreet fashion ruled the grass this year
- 2011: Pushing the boundaries at the most traditional Grand Slam
- 2010: What the fashion radar spotted on the Wimbledon courts