Adidas by Stella McCartney a Flop

Caroline Wozniacki won her first round match at the U.S. Open on Tuesday 6-2, 7-5 but she certainly won’t be winning any fashion awards.  Her Adidas by Stella McCartney dress is the worst tennis dress to hit the court since Serena’s denim skirt and pleather warm-up boots back at the U.S. Open in 2004.  Why so bad? Take a look…

Woz

First of all, this thing is too busy.  There’s so many different things going on here; you’ve got cut-outs, color blocking, multiple straps. It’s too much. Second, the light blue.  It appears on top but then disappears until you get to the bottommost skirt ruffle where it appears almost as an afterthought.  But mostly what bothers me is that odd strip of black on the front of the skirt.  It looks like a high-waisted bikini bottom or, dare I say, a pair of “Granny panties.” And, as you can see in the picture from TennisWarehouse.com below, the pattern continues on the back.

Stella McCartney

Although I’m glad to see that Woz’s sunny-side up egg dress is gone, this is not a good replacement.

Why did I wear this dress? I look like an egg.

Why did I wear this dress? I look like an egg.

 

*Photo credits top to bottom: The Associated Press, TennisWarehouse.com, Gotceleb.com

Published in: on August 27, 2013 at 6:25 pm  Comments (1)  

Fashion Face Off: Radwanska Sisters

Agnieszka Radwanska and her little sister Urszula showed up at the French Open wearing (gasp!) the same dress!  Both wore a magenta and pink creation from Lotto.  While, Agnieszka is the sister who took home top prizes on who made it farther in the tournament–she is still in it while Urszula  lost in the second round to Dinah Pfizenmaier.  If you haven’t heard of her, don’t worry. I haven’t either.–it is up to us to decide who wore the dress better.

Agnieszka Radwanska

Agnieszka Radwanska

Urszula Radwanska

Urszula Radwanska

Something about the way the dress hangs on little sister Urszula makes it look more like a really long shirt than a dress. Maybe it’s the tape covering half of Agnieszka’s leg that makes it look longer on her.  I don’t know.  But whatever it is, I declare Agnieszka the winner of this fashion face off!

 

*Photo credits: Getty Images

 

 

 

Published in: on May 29, 2013 at 6:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

Oh no, she didn’t!

Venus Williams began her 2013 French Open the same day she ended it.  She lost to Urszula Radwanska, little sister of Aggie Radwanska, in three tight sets in the first round on Sunday.  But the real headline here–since, after announcing her diagnosis of Sjogren’s Syndrome, Venus winning is more unexpected–is her outfit.

Venus wore, as always, something from her own Eleven line, this time a pink printed skirt (or dress.  We couldn’t tell because she was wearing long sleeves over her top because the temperature has been a little on the chilly side in Paris since the start of the tournament) with matching pink printed leggings.  I previously wrote of the Nike Franken-bottom, the “skapri”, the heinous blend of a skirt and cropped leggings in one piece. But this outfit was truly much worse.

Venus leggings

While Venus’ leggings were also cropped (see photo below), it only served to make me sigh in relief that the unfortunate pants didn’t go all the way down to her ankles.  While I’m not a fan of leggings under tennis clothes, if you’re going to do them, at least don’t do them in a print.

Venus waves good-bye to the French Open fans...and hopefully those leggings

Venus waves good-bye to the French Open fans…and hopefully those leggings

 

*Photo credits: Associated Press

Published in: on May 29, 2013 at 6:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

What the heck is a skapri?

Yesterday, I visited my friendly neighborhood Academy Sports and Outdoors store for a completely un-tennis-related matter.  As I was looking around in the women’s clothing department, I stumbled upon these:

skapriBehold: The “Skapri.”  That’s right, the “skapri.”  For those of us familiar with tennis skirts, we know that many of them come with shorts built in underneath. But these…oh no. These come with cropped leggings underneath.  I have just one question: WHY?  This is one heinous piece of clothing.  And who’s to blame?  My guess: Victoria Azarenka.

Vika is my favorite women’s tennis player but during this year’s Australian Open, she continually wore purple leggings under her peachy dress as seen below.

Vika leggings

This is just not a good look. And might I also say, unnecessary?  I know cold tennis.  The high school tennis season started in January back when I was competing.  One particular tournament had me playing in 30 degree weather with North winds reaching at least 30mph.  And I managed to do it in nothing but my skirt and tennis tank…and Under Armour long sleeves…and fleece jacket…and warmed up wearing my leather letterman jacket.  But nothing on my legs. Sure, it was cold but after a while I warmed up.  I see no point in wearing built-in cropped leggings. What if you get hot? Then you’re screwed.  Why can’t we just slip some pants on under our skirts and over our undershorts? Why can’t we, Nike? Why can’t we?

 

*Photo credits: Nike Skapris courtesy of Nike.com; Victoria Azarenka courtesy of Zimbio.com

Published in: on April 17, 2013 at 5:37 pm  Comments (5)  
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Aussie Open Women’s Final: Nike vs. Nike

Na Li beat Maria Sharapova to reach her second Australian Open final and Victoria Azarenka beat Sloane Stephens to reach her second Australian Open final as well.  Not only is this a great match-up, it sets up an all Nike final.  Both Na Li and Azarenka wore clothes from the Grand group.  Azarenka wore the Grand flouncy dress in melon while Na Li wore the Grand flouncy skirt and polo.  The theme of this fashion face-off is pick-your-poison.  Na Li  chose the worst skirt in the collection.  I hate the asymmetrical hem line because it looks messy.  The only saving grace is its color.

Na Li

 

The opposite can be said about Azarenka’s dress.  The color is the worst part.  It’s called melon but looks like peaches and cream.  And it’s pretty boring to boot.

Vika

 

The winner of the match has yet to be decided but I regretfully choose Na Li as the winner in this fashion face-off.

*Photo credits: AustralianOpen.com

Published in: on January 24, 2013 at 8:03 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Clothes don’t make the man

Novak Djokovic muscled out Stanislas Wawrinka in a five-setter that went 12-10 in the fifth set in the fourth round at the Australian Open–and nearly gave me a heart attack in the process. It should be illegal to do that to a girl.

Following the marathon thriller, Djokovic, as he did following last year’s Aussie Open final, ripped his shirt off like the Incredible Hulk.  So the clothing that made headlines in the match wasn’t what Djokovic wore, it’s what he didn’t wear. I’ll admit, seeing Djokovic shirtless makes me forgive him for nearly killing me from all the fourth and fifth set stress.

Novak Djokovic is...the Incredible Hulk

Novak Djokovic is…the Incredible Hulk

It's OK to stare at the screen, ladies

It’s OK to stare at the screen, ladies

*Photo credits: The Associated Press

Published in: on January 20, 2013 at 7:58 pm  Comments (1)  
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WTS? Why the shorts?

Although Jamie Hampton put up one heck of a fight last night against Victoria Azarenka, I have some serious problems with what she wore. Well, OK, one serious problem.  The shorts.

Hampton

It’s no secret that female tennis players wear shorts under their skirts or dresses.  In fact, they have become part of the fashion statement of the overall look (remember Maria’s red shorts under her pink and lavender dress? Did it make sense? No. Did it make a statement? Yes, but I’m still trying to figure out just what that statement was.). But the shorts you see sticking out from Jamie Hampton’s skirt can’t possibly be a fashion statement.  If they were, I would assume she would pick a different, more bold color rather than the black with the gray.

The only purpose these can possibly serve is 1) they have ball pockets in them which she uses because she doesn’t like to stuff the balls in her undershorts (yes, there are additional undershorts under that skirt) or 2) they are some kind of compression short that helps more than say, wrapping her thighs in a whole roll of tape.  I really hope the latter is the case.  I see big things in this girl’s future so I think we’ll be seeing much more of her.  If the shorts are for medical purposes, I can tolerate them.  If not, they need to be burned.

 

*Photo courtesy of AustralianOpen.com

Published in: on January 19, 2013 at 8:02 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Nike’s Grand Group is a Grand Flop

As I stated in the Nike preview, I do not like Nike’s Grand Group collection.  The colors do not go and by themselves, are actually pretty ugly.  No two players demonstrate this better than Victoria Azarenka and Petra Kvitova.

I usually like what Azarenka wears but that dress is just plain bad.  It comes in purple but she chose to wear it in “melon” and let’s just say it’s a poor color choice.

Vika

Petra Kvitova made even poorer choices.  But the shame goes to Nike who designed this stuff in the first place.  Petra wore a printed top which is bad enough.  For her night match, she wore a purple skirt that matched the bottom of the top, creating a bad super high waisted skirt illusion.

Kvitova 2

Her day look was even worse.  She replaced the purple skirt with an orange one in the same style. All together it produces one very, very bad look.  First of all, there are too many colors going on in one look.  And second, the colors don’t even go.

Kvitova

*All photos courtesy of AustralianOpen.com

 

 

Published in: on January 17, 2013 at 8:21 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Bernard Tomic: Clash of the Patterns

Last night, Bernard Tomic kept Australia’s hopes for a native champion alive when he fought off Daniel Brands in an entertaining four setter. But his clothing choice could have been better.

Tomic wore the Nike Advantage graphic crew, which is ugly by itself, and paired it with plaid shorts.  I love a good plaid short and I consider myself a plaid short expert, having attended Catholic school for twelve years–and wore plaid shorts almost every day for five of those twelve years–and worked in a private school uniform store for three years–and dealt with plaid shorts on a daily basis.  So when it comes to plaid shorts, I know what looks good and what doesn’t.  The shorts by themselves aren’t bad.  But when paired with a contrasting print, the whole look falls apart.  There is a reason Catholic school girls wear a solid polo or a middy blouse with matching plaid tie with their plaid shorts.  Now, I’m not suggesting any more plaid for Bernie, just a solid color crew.

Tomic

*Photo courtesy of AustralianOpen.com  

Published in: on January 17, 2013 at 7:21 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Bojana Bobusic, that is so last year

Yesterday, Agnieszka Radwanska took on Bojana Bobusic in the first round of the Aussie Open.  Radwanska won in straights but the thing that stood out to me the most is that her opponent, Bobusic, wore something from the Adidas clearance rack.

The Aussie wore the Spring adipure tank and skort.  I realized something was off when I saw the blue skirt she wore.  Adidas’ colors for the tournament are black, white and yellow.  So I did a little research and found her outfit being advertised as “Was $48.00. Now $22.00. You save $26.00!” (the tank) and “Was $45.00. Now $20.00. You save $25.00!” (the skort) in the TennisWarehouse.com Adidas clearance section.

Bobusic on court January 14, 2013 in last year's Adidas

Bobusic on court January 14, 2013 in last year’s Adidas

The apparel Bobusic wore on January 14, 2013 that is now on clearance at TennisWarehouse.com.  The purple tank is shown because that is all that is in stock now.

The apparel Bobusic wore on January 14, 2013 that is now on clearance at TennisWarehouse.com. The purple tank is shown because that is all that is in stock now.

 

 

If she’s wearing something from last season, I question her credibility as a serious player.  Why doesn’t she have the latest stuff?  Clearly she isn’t sponsored by any clothing brand because she is wearing a Nike visor as well.  But I think if you’re going to look like a serious player, you need to get it together and wear one brand and look current.

Published in: on January 14, 2013 at 9:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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