Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tennis Attire Goes High Fashion! Adidas by Stella McCartney 2011 Collection Review

Ask Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki who she is wearing and she will enthusiastically reply, “Stella McCartney!”  Oddly enough, she’s not talking about her gown for a ritzy, off-court gala.  Rather, it is her tennis attire sporting the prestigious McCartney label.  Sir Paul’s gifted daughter is lending her name and design talent to sports wear, and Wozniacki is the happy recipient of stylish and well-made apparel springing from an Adidas and McCartney marriage.

Said to meld the “grace of ballet with the rigors of sport,” the Adidas by Stella McCartney Tennis Ballerina Performance Dress ($120) was worn by Caroline Wozniacki at the 2011 Australian Open.  

CLIMALITE FABRIC wicks perspiration away from the body!

While the dress appears to be highly comfortable and cool with its moisture-wicking fabric, it is not entirely flattering.  Wozniacki is not anywhere near heavy, but appears so in this high waist, pleated faux-skirt.
Caroline Wozniacki Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark reacts in her third round match against Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia during day five of the 2011 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 21, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.

Much more attractive is The Body-Conscious Adidas by Stella McCartney Tennis Ruffle Dress ($120), worn by Wozniacki at the Sony Ericsson Open and BNP Paribas Open.  
adidas by Stella McCartney - Tennis Dress (Blueprint) - Apparel
adidas by Stella McCartney - Tennis Dress (White) - Apparel
Ventilated darts keep players cool, 
calm and collected on court!
This well-cut dress clings to the body in all the right places, and the rich blue color better complements a fair skin tone than does an all-white dress.   While adding a degree of “glam,” the ruffles look like they could be distracting, but with her high level of play, Wozniacki put the kibosh on this theory.
Caroline Wozniacki Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark hits a forehand return against Andrea Petkovic of Germany during the Sony Ericsson Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 28, 2011 in Key Biscayne, Florida.
Ms. McCartney has also designed a few separates for her Adidas line:
For tennis…really??
Looks uber comfortable!

While the ruffled tank is ultra chic, only a select group of fairly thin women can pull off the nearly sheer, baby-doll style. Frankly, this tank looks more appropriate for afternoon tea than for a gritty game of tennis. We prefer the more relaxed Tennis Performance Tank. The twisted, double layered fabric at the bottom edge adds a bit of style while maintaining a sporty vibe – perfect for the stylish yet hard-core athlete! We also love the polo, skirt and shorts – comfortable and classic!
adidas by Stella McCartney - Tennis Skirt (White) - Apparel
adidas by Stella McCartney - Tennis Performance Polo (Blueprint) - Apparel

adidas by Stella McCartney - Studio CU Woven Short (Black) - Apparel
Finally, we have the Adidas by Stella McCartney Tennis Performance Short Sleeve Jacket in white and blue (also available in long sleeves) - a 1980’s inspired zip-up - featuring kangaroo pockets and a chunky collar with a flap closure.  While it is a cute jacket, it does have its limitations – first of all, the price at $175.  Also, an elastic waist is not necessarily flattering to the figure.

adidas by Stella McCartney - Tennis Perf Short Sleeve Jacket (White) - ApparelCaroline Wozniacki Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark kisses the trophy following her victory over Marion Bartoli of France during the finals of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 20, 2011 in Indian Wells, California.

If you are looking for accessories to accompany your stylish attire, check bags from Stella's collection. 
adidas by Stella McCartney - Fashion Bag (Rubia Grey) - Bags and Luggageadidas by Stella McCartney - Tennis Bag (Aluminum) - Bags and Luggage
Overall, we like the look of the obviously well-made Adidas by Stella McCartney Collection, and Ms. Wozniacki is a charming human mannequin.  However, not every woman can wear this shade of blue and white – we would like to see a few more color choices!  Also, the recreational tennis aficionado may find these pieces a bit pricey, ranging from $75 for a tank up to $225 for the bag.

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