From buttoned-up shirts and long sleeves paired with floor-length skirts and petticoats, to the skin-tight mini dresses of today, tennis fashion has certainly changed! There are some among the tennis-playing crowd who enjoy the role of “trendsetter.” These are the players who inspire fashion for future generations. Here are a few past examples of on-court looks that may have inspired present fashion – on and off the court!
THEN: 1950’s tennis player, Gussie Moran (left) sports a bare midriff and a very short skirt which may be too revealing for this particular judge.
NOW: Serena William’s version: a bare midriff, uber-short skirt and some black-leather leg warmers!
THEN: In 1987, Chris Evert stopped play at the U. S. Open when her diamond-studded bracelet came off during a match. Tiffany’s, Bulgari and other jewelers were inspired to create similar pieces which became aptly known as “tennis bracelets.”
NOW: In 2005, Serena Williams lost one of her 14-karat gold earrings, reportedly valued at $40,000, during a U. S. Open match. Designed by Erica Courtney, the “Dream Catcher” earrings featured 13 carats of yellow and white diamonds in a platinum setting.
Did Lottie Dod inspire the modern tennis visor with her 1887 schoolgirl beanie?
THEN: At the 1985 Wimbledon tournament, Anne White wore this attention-grabbing unitard in her match with Pam Shriver.
NOW: The Williams Sisters out on the town with Serena sporting a black version of darned-near the same ensemble – with just a few more curves!