Aug 11 2009
With the U.S. Open upon us and the bound to be many articles entitled “Hotties of the U.S. Open” coming, I figured I would take a different route. It seems that through the years the tennis skirt has been an interesting subject of fashion.
While we may not realize it, the tennis skirt has had some serious evolution since the early 20s. The original women of Wimbledon actually had to wear full length dresses (and the men slacks). Pretty amazing.
Thanks to Life, we are able to see how the tennis skirt has in fact evolved. But I have my own interpretations of the pictures.
The 20′s Through 60′s -We’re not even going to get into before the 20′s because that’s when full dresses were required. It’s not like it was that much better afterwards. I mean we’re talking down to the shin here. Women really had to cover up back then. Not much grooming either so maybe this was a good thing.
60′s and 70′s - This is when athleticism really came into play. Women’s tennis was by no means considered sexy yet. But at least now you’re looking at more feminine outfits. More athletic shirts. Very short shorts. And we even saw the one piece outfits start to come into play.
80′s and 90′s – I think these eras were much more branding and athleticism. Also, for the first time you had some sex appeal. It wasn’t necessarily the outfits but cuter players came on the scene. Players like Steffi Graf, Gabriela Sabatini, and Jennifer Capriati were nice to look at. The shirts were very mannish and you saw a bunch more headbands. But now? Now you see tons of advertising coming into play. Brands like Sergio Techini and Ellessee were big time.
Late 90′s – Present – Thank you Ms. Anna Kournikova! At this point it’s a free for all. We’ve got Sharapova, Ivanovic, that chick with the giant boobs. Women’s tennis has become sexy. There’s just no getting around it. And the outfits have proven it. From one pieces, to spandex, to underwear showing on purpose, to special ball compartments. There really isn’t much you don’t see today in a women’s outfit. It’s really outstanding. Enjoy these samples.
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