WIMBLEDON, England — Fashion at Wimbledon is a simplistically complicated art. How exactly can you do something distinctive and different while being limited to the All England Club’s strict “predominantly white” palette?
On the whole, this year’s Championships haven’t yielded fashion disasters. But there have been more nondescript designs than in years past.
Here are the players who stood out for their sartorial choices, which all tended to be on the clean and classic side of the fashion line. This is Wimbledon, after all. Classic is what it does best. (Click here for my fashion misses.)
Maria Sharapova: I’m a big fan any time a designer tries to get around Wimbledon’s suffocating dress code, so cheers to Nike for its decision to put both Sharapova and Serena Williams in bright orange tennis shorts. As always, Sharapova’s dress is perfectly tailored with clean lines. Too bad we won’t be seeing it anymore after the Russian crashed out in the second round. (Anja Niedringhaus/AP)
Andy Murray: Murray’s Adidas shorts are a good few inches longer than the ones he normally wears in competition and the look gives his kit an old-school feel. Best of all, the pockets seem to be deeper, thus allowing him to avoid the ill-timed let penalty when balls would come flying out of his pocket mid-point. Is this the outfit he’ll wear when he wins his first Wimbledon title? Could be. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Caroline Wozniacki: Go figure. Just as Stella McCartney starts putting Wozniacki in some pretty dresses, she starts losing in the early rounds of Slams. (Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
Roger Federer’s shoes: I loved Federer daring the All England Club to invoke its dress code rules to tell him to change his shoes. And I hate that the All England Club actually did. I mean, come on. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Agnieszka Radwanska: This Lotto dress has looked great on everyone, but Radwanska wears it best. (Ben Stanstall/AFP/Getty Images)
Li Na: No one rocks the collared-polo look like Li. But what’s up with the mismatched swooshes? (Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)
Novak Djokovic: It’s not as fun as his green-piped kit from last year, but the change to black accents suits him. (Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)
Petra Kvitova: Nike’s offerings have often been very unflattering on Kvitova, so it’s good to see it’s finally figured out a good cut for the 2011 Wimbledon champion. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Laura Robson: There’s something about the polo shirt that makes Robson look like a club player, but the look actually works for her. She grew up in Wimbledon and is a member of the All England Club, so this really is her house. She looks like she’s ready to take Centre Court for a light weekend hit. (Ella Ling/BPI/Icon SMI)