White Tennis Dresses - Classic Women's Tennis Color With Contemporary Style
There's no color more synonymous with tennis than white, the color originally chosen to hide any unsightly sweat on the clothing of the aristocracy who originally played the game when it was still young.
A few tennis clubs still carry forward the tradition with strict white dress code, the most famous being Wimbledon, of course.Nowadays, even white tennis dresses have adapted to the times, to allow the modern tennis player to combine tradition with modernstyling and textile engineering.
Most tennis clothing manufacturers design white tennis dresses alongside their colorful cousins to coincide with the grass court season, and often produce a year 'round alternative for the purists and those who appreciate the sun-reflective capability of white.
Tennis Dresses by LIJA Epitomize Modern Athletic Apparel
LIJA may not be a tennis apparel brand you are familiar with, but that should change soon. They started out producing golf apparel, but enthusiastically branched into tennis apparel in 2009, set on shaking up the market with their innovative tennis attire.
This Canadian company has steadily grown it's business since it's inception in 1997, helped for a while by young Canadian tennis sensation, Rebecca Marino. Sadly, Rebecca recently quit the game following depression brought about by frequent derogatory remarks about any poor performances in social media, but Lija still offer some of the most appealing tennis outfits around.
The pretty dress (below left) features Compression fabric technology. It makes for a silky-smooth form fitting, moisture wicking, outfit that also has UV 40 sun protection. The other attractive white dress (below right) has a unique full length locking zip, cooling mesh paneling, pleats, and allthe performance of the Grand Slam dress, but with a more textured feel. People will think you have your own personal designer when you walk on court in one of these tennis dresses.
Tennis players of both sexes have been rebelling against Wimbledon's strict dress code since it was introduced in the 1870s. Some notable ones include huge tennis names like Rene Lacoste in the 1930s and Andre Agassi in 1990. Andre actually refused to play the tournament at all in wholly white but saw sense the following year, bowing 100% to Wimbledon's requirements.
On the women's side in recent years, the appropriately named Anne White decided to test the code in 1985 with her skin tight white cat suit. It was rejected the next round, proving that whiteness wasn't the only active ingredient in the dress code.
More recently, the ever design conscious Williams sisters have gently pushed the boundaries, but only so far. It wouldn't have done their careers any good to jeopardize their appearance in their favorite Slam - they have won the singles title 9 times in the last 11 years between them!
A few women players like Tatiana Golovin in 2007, decided that the dress code said very little about colorful underwear. Her red knickers became more famous than her tennis as Wimbledon officials had to determine whether they broke the rules or not. They decided that their dimensions meant they were underwear and not shorts, so they got the ok.
The Big Brands Line Up Their White Tennis Dresses For The Stars
For those individualistic types who prefer some color in their tennis attire, Wimbledon has relaxed the strict white dress code to now be mostly white. This also applies to tennis shoes. Even logos are allowed but they must be discreet.
Almost as soon as the red clay is being dusted off Rafa's tennis shoes on finals Sunday at Roland Garros, the new season white tennis apparel is released for the immediate start of the grass court season. All the major brands like adidas, Nike, Fila, Lacoste and K Swiss have their new white tennis dresses ready to go for the professional players and quite often simultaneously online for the general public.
There's a good selection of women's tennis dresses with a mostly white theme that would accord with any tennis club expectations and look as trim and trendy as any colorful dress.
If you follow the styles of the stars, adidas and Stella McCartney have produced a new white tennis dress for Caroline Wozniacki (see top right). There's a very modern subtle mesh layering to create attractive areas of transparency, and other decorative flourishes to enhance the whiteness. On the practical side, the dress is complete with the complete range of adidas comfort technology, built in bra and undershorts.
If adidas By Stella McCartney isn't 'elite' enough, then a designer tennis dress by Ralph Lauren (above right) could be the answer. It's even called Elite so you don't forget just how exclusive it is! The neon yellow straps are just enough to add interest, whilst keeping within the white dress code.
The K Swiss tennis dress (right) is fast rising Heather Watson's brand, and sports advanced textile technology to give her all the advantage she can get from her clothing on court.
Fred Perry is an appropriate brand for Wimbledon whites as he was the last British man to win the Championships way back in 1936, before Andy Murray's heroic achivements this year in restoring British pride after a 77 year success famine.
On his retirement from tennis, he produced the world's first wrist sweatband and later a tennis shirt to rival Rene Lacoste that would lead eventually to a comprehensive range of tennis clothing.
The iconic Laurel Wreath sewn into all Fred Perry tennis clothing, is based on the original symbol for Wimbledon.
This white tennis dress (left) is a nice fusion of old and new with pleats and polo collar with two button placket, combined with a modern racerback and wicking material for maximum comfort.
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