2013 June 7

Tagless_Premium_TShirt_25_418The French Open is always exciting to watch – the tennis is great but it’s also the Open where the fashion brands really pull out all the stops – unsurprisingly as France is the home of haute couture.

This year has been the usual mix of hits and misses: strong themes for summer fashion emerged – expect to see neon, leggings and colour blocking, and some big transfers from other areas of sport into tennis, which usually means a further transfer into casual clothing fashion: knee socks have been bobbing on the verge of fashion for a couple of years, this could be the one they really make it, and long-sleeved black t-shirts were much in evidence too, made of special wicking fabric that provides muscular support without a sweat build-up.


Venus Williams went for herringbone powder pink leggings – much discussion of pink ensued, whether it was an appropriate colour, psychologically, for a winning look – a former champion with as much experience as Venus can surely be trusted to make that judgement for herself. Daniela Hantuchov wore canary yellow ones – they were a distraction from the game, as were Dandra Zahlalova’s hot pink knee-length leggings which she seemed to be sharing with Jelena Jankovic, each wearing a similar pair on different days.

Colour blocking

Both sexes wore the colour block which is a great look when playing on clay. While Guillermo Garcia-Lopez went for an understated design of blocks on a pure white background, Benoit Paire and David Goffin both made strong statements in colour-blocked polo-shirt style tops by Lacoste, Paire’s being strict verticals and Goffin wearing a more Mondrian inspired set of blue, black and white blocks. Agnieszka Radwanska had a more Klimt inspired dress with checks in varying warm shades of pink and crimson.

Neon brights

While Sloane Stephens rocked an electric yellow and turquoise combo from Under Armour, Milos Raonic went for a neon tee with matching wristbands – sort of Ibiza meets eighties rave – worryingly, it worked!

2012 July 9

This year is all about sportwear: whether it’s the American Masters being dominated by female fashion or Wimbledon’s fashion icons from Pippa Middleton to Serena Williams – who wore what she called ‘sports vintage’ picking items from her favourite sports outfits over the past decade, sports fashion is dominating, like Federer over Murray.

The hot colours for women this year are fuchsia, orange and white. Michelle Wie, the golfer, is wearing a predominantly fuchsia palette this year – team a bright pink or magenta camisole with white capris or a white skirt to get the look yourself, and coordinate it with converse trainers in fuchsia or orange.

Accessories are sports related. At the Masters, women were wearing golf tees in their hair, and pom-poms in tennis ball colours appeared on hair bands worn at Wimbledon. Sports bags this year are tote style and white and have large bold images. Pac-man, variations of the Nike swoosh and the Olympic rings are all proving popular and coordinate in colour with those bright T-shirts.

White is ever-present and white polo-shirts are a classic look, being worn this year with coloured denim and either platform trainers or converse. Flip-flops are hardly featuring this year which might be because of the weather or could be because the beach look is hardly making a blip on the fashion landscape.