US Open 2012 men’s fashion: tried and true

The top guys at the US Open are rocking the red, white and blue theme in their clothes this year. That’s great: it’s the US Open, after all, and our national colors are perfect for tennis garb. Plus they look good on just about anyone. Maybe folks are in a patriotic mood after the Olympics and just want to participate in the good vibes of spending a couple of weeks in New York?

While men’s outfits look fine, nothing really stands out. Of course we don’t have Rafa in town — we are missing his typically bright colors, “go for broke” style of play and personal charisma. But let’s see what we DO have.

Roger Federer

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Always looking fabulous, Roger pulls off the classic American colors perfectly. Sometimes he uses a white shirt, and sometimes the dark blue.  I like the dark shirt/dark shorts combo best. Is Nike’s swoosh getting bigger?

 

Novak Djokovic

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Several months into his new partnership with Uniqlo, the big Japanese sportswear apparel company, Djokovic is still wearing versions of more or less the same outfit. More red, white and blue, just like he did at the French Open and at the Olympics. I guess the uniformity of color could be helpful: if all his clothes match each other, it’s easy to put together ensembles. So far, however, I’m not seeing the innovation I would have hoped for from this partnership — Nole’s outfits are boring compared to his game.   [Read more…]

Olympics bring color to Wimbledon: Part II, the guys

Men’s Olympic Tennis Fashion

Yesterday I gave you my impressions of some of the top women player’s outfits. Now it’s the men’s turn. First, I have to disclose I was as disappointed as anyone that Nadal dropped out of the Olympics due to an undisclosed injury. Or at least that’s what he said. But could it be that he was not going to be caught dead in one of Spain’s uniforms? In case you missed it, field hockey player Alex Fabregas tweeted this photo of Spain’s opening ceremony get-up. Apparently Russian designer Bosco provided Spain the uniforms for free — at least the country’s current economic woes can’t be blamed on what they spent for Olympic garb.

Spaniards aside, most of the guys are looking good for the Olympics — adding a dash of color livens up their tennis fashion considerably after the Wimbledon whites. And, since they have to wear their country’s colors, we are seeing lots of standard combinations. In my opinion, this is generally a good thing: guys look better on-court when their sponsors don’t try to one-up each other with outlandish color combos.

Roger looks fabulous as always, with the classic tennis polo and discrete Swiss cross symbol on the chest.

 

Djokovic’s new sponsor, Uniqlo, has stepped up its design for him since the French Open and Wimbledon. They’re still not going for a super eye-catching look — but maybe they are letting Nole do that with his racquet. However, his blue shirt with striped collar is sharp-looking.  The Serbian flag on the chest is also a nice touch.

 

Tsonga’s bleu, rouge et blanche outfit by Adidas works well, whether he is running around the court or lying down on it. Don’t know whether the boxer waistband is part of his official look or not.

 

Isner’s blue shirt by Lacoste looks good with the dark navy or black shorts — it’s something different, as most of the guys wearing blue shirts pair them with white shorts. As our highest-ranked American male singles player (11), let’s hope he goes deep in the tournament and medals for the USA.

 

My favorite American duo, Bob and Mike Bryan, look great in their K-Swiss shirts with the bold red, navy and white slanting stripe-effect across the fronts.  Maybe the dark shorts are an American thing? No matter, they look strong and so does their game.

 

The “Brit kit” worn by Andy Murray was widely publicized prior to the Olympics, perhaps since Great Britain is the host country. Adidas went all-out in fashioning a shirt with colors and stripes reminiscent of the Union Jack — but of course, updated and way cooler. Love the coordination with the sweatbands.

It’s nice that the Olympics take place in the summer when one’s schedule typically slows down. But seriously: I’m sitting inside, glued to ladies doubles on my iPad when I could be out enjoying a perfect sunny day. At least NBC offers highlight videos and more information than I could ever absorb about the various Olympic sports — not to mention all the specialty websites and blogs out there if I want more commentary. So I could get up and go for a walk now, then watch the video later.

Our house, however, is a veritable sports-fest: TVs and computers going whenever people are home, sometimes with folks watching together and sometimes with us watching favorite sports on our own.

Enjoy your own couch-potato hours, and chime in with a comment on your favorite Olympic sport or fashion!

 

 

 

 

Olympics bring color to Wimbledon: Part I, the ladies

It’s fun to see colorful tennis wear at the staunch All England Lawn Tennis Club. Perhaps not as zany as beach volleyball in the shadow of Buckingham Palace, but a break with tradition all the same. This post will come in two parts. Today I’ll talk about some of the notable women players and what they’re wearing.

Note that all these photos are from Zimbio.com, a great source for pictures and news about lots of celebrities, not just tennis players.

Tennis Fashionistas

 

I like the red, white and blue outfit Nike put together for Serena — a dress works well for her powerful frame. Her sister designed a nice tennis dress for her own EleVen line as well. Check out her matches on TV to see the straps criss-crossing the back of Venus’ outfit. She wins the award for coolest hair accessory!

Maria Sharapova looks good, as usual. It was great to see her carrying the flag at the head of Russia’s procession, even if she has lived in the United States since 1994. Her white skirt and red top, part of Nike’s Maria Sharapova Statement Set, are styles we’ve seen before, just in different colors.

 

 

Caroline Wozniacki sports a cute red dress. It’s longer than her dresses usually are and doesn’t have as much of a “fashion forward” look as her Stella McCartney for Adidas designs usually do — maybe the Danish tennis authorities had to approve her outfit? But check out her nails, mini-flags from her country.

 

Fortunately Victoria Azarenka gets to look at the fuzzy yellow ball when she plays, not at her color combination. It’s not her fault that the colors of Belarus are green and red. Still, watching her on the court reminds me to make this the year I get an early start on my Christmas shopping.

 

Playing in what will likely be her last Olympics, Kim Clijsters looks classically terrific in her red skirt with subtle yellow stripe and white polo embellished with Belgium’s colors. I hope she goes deep in the tournament.

Thank goodness the matches are being broadcast on Bravo as well as streamed live.  There are so many sports on at once, it’s hard to stay on top of what’s happening with your favorite players — and that’s from the perspective of a spectator! Enjoy the tennis, the fashion and as always, the inevitable drama.

Oh, and be sure to send in your opinion on these outfits, or let me know if you see someone else you want to discuss!