Wednesday, 18 July 2012

The Sports Collection- Part 3

*This is a three part post. Part 1- here Part 2- here.*

Venus Williams


Again I am going to focus on tennis in this post, just as in the first post. As some people have commented on part 1 and part 2 of the sports collection series, tennis players have the best style. There are so many great options for tennis apparel, from matching skirts and tops, to polos and shorts, even dresses are greatly used on the tennis court, unlike most other sports. Venus Williams is one of the greats in tennis history. She and here sister Serena dominated the court for years, earning each of them world No. 1. But no only did Venus dominate on the court, she dominated the runway too. The Williams sisters are known almost as much for their personal style as their many Grand Slam titles. 

Venus Williams
Wimbledon Tennis Romper
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Venus Williams did something most other world number one tennis players don't do, she got a university degree, in fashion! Venus was brought up to have the world open to her, tennis was only one stage of her life, and she understood that something would have to come after. Venus has always had a passion for fashion, and she brings it onto the court with her every time she plays. Although it took Venus eight years, due to the irregularity of her attendance because of her tennis commitments, she stuck through it all and started her very open sportswear line. EleVen is the sportswear line started by Venus.

EleVen Dress
by Venus Williams
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EleVen Apparel
by Venus Williams
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Venus's new line for here company EleVen, is much more refined than previous ones. Venus says that for this collection she drew from classic tennis wear, which is evident in the clean lines. My personal favourites are the black and white pink dress and the black and white geometric stripped garments. The dress is simple, but also very stylish, and the colour combination is great. I like the geometric print because it's not something often seen on the tennis courts.


Venus's style is controversial to say the least. Certain of her outfits, such as the one worn below, caused quite a stir. When one thinks of a tennis dress this specific style doesn't exactly pop into one's head. More probably than not one will think of a simple white shift like dress, no frills and flounces, and certainly no nude shorts. But this is what Venus is trying to change, her artistic self is not satisfied with sticking to the status quo.

Venus Williams
French Open
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Venus Williams
Australian Open
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While some people might gawk at the idea of corseted, skin bearing dresses on court, I admire Venus for her courage and creative experimentation. While I would never dream of wearing the above outfit on court, what Venus shows is that fashion and sport are not mutually exclusive, besides, a lot people gawk at the site of a Christian Lacroix couture dress as well. 




Racquet Girl

I apologize for not responding to comments immediately, and not posting as frequently as I would like. In keeping with the theme of sports, this week I have been going to an intensive tennis camp, which has left little time for blogging. 

I love being active and the feeling of having tried my very best and left everything on the court, field, etc. I particularly like racquet sports, as long as it involves a racquet, I'm in. Squash is my number one love, I love the intensity and fast pace of the game. Tennis is a fairly close second, and it is great as a summer sport, whereas, squash has to be played inside. I also found how much I loved badminton when I played on my school team a couple of years ago. My love of all things racquet has earned me the nickname of 'racquet girl'. 

If I had a sports coat of arms it would probably look something like this.



Left to Right- Squash, Badminton, Tennis



This is a simple tennis outfit, with just a little colour. I found the skirt and top at different times, but it just so happened that the blue in each piece matched exactly.When I first saw this skirt my reaction was "wow, that's an ugly looking skirt." I was persuaded to try it on, however, because it was on sale for 25$. Paired with the right top I actually found it looked alright. What do you think?

This concludes my three part sports collection. I hope you take away this, sports and fashion are not mutually exclusive.



*This is a three part post. Part 1- here Part 2- here.*




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