Saturday, January 29, 2011

Worst Styles of the 2011 Australian Open

The Australian Open… this is the first chance for tennis fans to see who’s hot and who’s not in the upcoming grand slam season, and to watch a few matches of course.  Back to fashion.  Was there something in the water that the women were drinking this year?  There were so many styling disasters that we (almost) didn’t know where to begin.  In fact, with the exception of a token “honorable mention,” men did not even make the list – as a whole they were well-dressed and full of swagger this year – good job guys!

Worst Styles of the 2011 Australian Open

1st Prize MIND BOGGLING!  Venus Williams –Just when we thought we had seen everything that Venus had to throw at us - including the kitchen sink - we were presented with this tasteless excuse for a tennis dress and rendered…speechless.  Fortunately (or maybe not) a picture is worth a thousand words!  Money may not buy happiness, but it can buy personal style, which leads us to wonder…is Venus blatantly telling us all to “bugger off,” or is this just another pathetic cry for attention?   Our advice:  Hire a stylist.
Venus Williams\' \'Alice in Wonderland\' Dress
2nd Prize PAJAMA PARTY!  Francesca Schiavone – With capped sleeves and a ruffled skirt, scrappy Francesca Schiavone looks a bit like a teenaged boy wearing the pajamas of a four-year-old girl!  Our advice:  Go sporty with a splash of color.
   Francesca Schiavone Francesca Schiavone of Italy celebrates after winning her fourth round match against Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia during day seven of the 2011 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 23, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.                                                     
3rd PRIZE YIKES!  Kim Clijsters – We are all about going green, but not when it comes to color in tennis apparel.  We hate to say anything negative about good-natured Kim who became a new champion of Aussie Open, but this unflattering ensemble has her looking like a pale, shapeless kiwi fruit.  Our advice:  1. NEVER wear this color again, and 2. Contrast goes a long way.
Kim Clijsters of Belgium plays a backhand in her second round match against Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain during day four of the 2011 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.
4th Prize R-R-RUFFLES!  Nadia Petrova –With her often streaky performance, it is long past time for Nadia Petrova to get serious about her work.  Sadly, this dress does not shout, “I am a mature tennis player!”  Our advice to Nadia:  Dress your age, not your shoe size.
Nadia Petrova - 2011 Australian Open - Day 4
5th Prize WHAT??  Caroline Wozniacki – Alas, if not for this atrocious skirt, which made Caroline look 25 pounds heavier than she actually is, she might have made our “best-dressed” list.  Her cute visor, hints of bright color and beautifully painted nails had all the markings of a stylish girl-on-court!  Our advice:  Ditch the separates, and try a nicely-fitted dress.

Caroline Wozniacki Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark serves in her first round match against Gisela Dulko of Argentina during day one of the 2011 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 17, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.
And finally, to throw at least ONE male into the mix:

Honorable Mention goes to Gael Monfils – With entirely different shades of blue, it appears Gael may have pulled quickly from his own closet to dress for the Open this year.  Our advice:  Coordinate.  Also, sleeveless is a bit juvenile – take a tip from Rafa Nadal, and put the guns away.
 Gael Monfils Gael Monfils of France plays a forehand in his first round match against Thiemo De Bakker of The Netherlands during day one of the 2011 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 17, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.
Keep an eye out for our Dos and Don’ts of Tennis Fashion!

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