WIMBLEDON, England — What is it about Wimbledon and jackets?
Roger Federer took to the court with his famous military-inspired jacket in 2009, and Serena Williams rocked a trench coat in 2008. Nike seems obsessed with making the look work, and it’s understandable. How else are you supposed to dress up a boring all-white ensemble?
Well, Nike tried again this year, with a modern look for Federer and a one-button blazer for Williams. Neither worked out well.
Here are some of my fashion misses from Wimbledon. (Click here for my fashion hits.)
Roger Federer’s and Serena Wiliams’ jackets: Federer’s jacket looked too modern and ridiculous for the classic feel of Wimbedon, while Serena’s blazer looked awkward during warm-ups. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images; Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Victoria Azarenka’s and Juan Martin del Potro’s jackets: No, those aren’t North Face fleece jackets, though you would be forgiven if you did a double-take like I did. I just don’t know what Nike was going for here, especially with Azarenka’s shapeless warm-up, which made her look like Casper the Not-So-Friendly Ghost. (Mike Hewitt/Getty Images; Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
Rafael Nadal: The red and grey accents were a nice color choice. But Nadal’s collar was something between a V-neck, crew neck, and scoop neck, and it looked awkward throughout his first-round loss to Steve Darcis. (Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)
Andrea Petkovic: I’m going to have to vote “no” on the use of mesh on the side panels. Has Stella McCartney ever played tennis? That stuff itches. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Bethanie Mattek-Sands: Sorry, Bethanie. No. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Serena Williams: Big fan of the orange knickers, and the dress fits well. But once again, the use of mesh up top decreases the elegance factor, which is the look she wears best at Wimbledon. Save the mesh for the U.S. Open. This is Wimbledon. (Sang Tan/AP)
Dustin Brown’s Twitter call-out: Love Dustin Brown and love his style. But I’m not a fan of wearing your Twitter handle (@DreddyTennis) on your kit. That said, it’s working for him. (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)
Mona Barthel: Back to the drawing board with the skirt. (Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
Camila Giorgi: The 21-year-old Italian always pushes the envelope and this year she went with this lacy corset number. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)