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A history of Tennis Fashion

By June 19, 2018 INSPIRATION
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Since 1877, Wimbledon Tennis has been one of the most recognised tennis championships, hosting hundreds of royals, celebrities, and visitors from around the world and playing a central role in the foundation of many famous tennis careers. As far back as the nineteenth century, the accepted tennis outfit for players were plain white, long-sleeved shirts and trousers for men and full-length corseted white dresses and hats for women. It was not until the 1920s and 1930s that the players, (particularly the female players), began to experiment with their clothing. Shorter skirts, shorts and sleeveless tops were all introduced, some more daring than others, to provide ease of movement and an expression of individual personality and style.

While tennis style evolved to be practical and comfortable this was never at the expense of fashion. High-profile athletes like Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova found their own ways to have fun with their outfits, (think tennis dresses made of lace and even denim) and often attract as much attention for what they wear as their backhands. Tennis outfits have often inspired the masses too, like the white V-neck sweater used by Bill Tilden, still today remaining a classic staple in men’s fashion.

Advances in technology have also changed the way tennis outfits look and function. Embracing of nylon, spandex, and other synthetic fabrics has boosted the performance of the players, who were till then wearing everyday fibres, voluminous skirts and heavy undergarments.

We take a brief look back over the years at tennis and the players standing out sartorially on the tennis court.

1900s

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Tennis became very popular in Victorian England, and the clothing matched the fashion of the day: tennis wear was dresses with high collars and long sleeves. Women played tennis in floor-length skirts, stockings, and long-sleeved tops (all of which prevented a full range of mobility). White was the colour of choice and became synonymous with tennis, symbolic of the wealthy upper classes at the time.

1920s

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The Flapper era brought many changes; French tennis player, Suzanne Lenglen caused a stir when she played Wimbledon with bare arms and a knee-length hemline and she was the first to bring headbands on the court. During that decade, French tennis player René Lacoste created lightweight, breathable cotton shirts (now known as polo shirts) and started mass-producing them in 1933. Today, the Lacoste brand continues to manufacture the tops emblazoned with the iconic crocodile (“The Crocodile” was Lacoste’s nickname).

1930s

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In the 1930s, Helen Wills Moody’s courtside uniforms fit in with the loose and boxy silhouettes of the time. Instead of impractical long skirts, Moody preferred to wear pleated knee-length skirts and her signature white visor.

1950s

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Women’s tennis uniforms in the 1950s were all about cinched waists, tight cardigans, and feminine pleated skirts, seen here on the American actress Donna Reed. At the same time, following his retirement, British tennis player Fred Perry launched his namesake sportswear brand in 1952.

1960s

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Mod fashion took the 1960s by storm and quickly arose in tennis outfits. Streamlined tunics were popular, as well the graphic print shorts worn by English players and Marlys Burel of France.

1980s

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From the 70s and widely adopted in the 80s, the bright yellow tennis ball was adopted so that it could be more easily spotted in televised matches, replacing black or white tennis balls from previous years. The decision had an impact on the tennis wardrobe as well, as players opted out of the formal white dress code and began wearing a palette of pastels or bright neon on the court, as seen here on Steffi Graf.

2000s

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Anna Kournikova and Maria Sharapova are two tennis players who became almost as famous for what they would wear on the court as they were for their stellar performances. While Kournikova favoured short, tight, and bikini inspired outfits, Sharapova designed all of her uniforms, adding menswear elements and Swarovski crystals.

2010

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The world famous Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, ushered in an era of outlandish outfits that demanded attention on the court—red and black lace dresses, glitter and diamante and revealing cuts and embellishments. There was no denying their brilliance in tennis and the fashion of the sport.

2018

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Brand endorsements have moved to a whole new level and love it or hate it, are becoming a symbol of a player’s status and have a huge impact on their clothing. Players such Ana Ivanovic regularly displays colourful clothing from Adidas, and Caroline Wozniacki is the latest muse for Stella McCartney’s line for the brand.

With Wimbledon tennis around the corner (2nd July – 15th July), we are eagerly waiting to see which fashion trends will dominate the court this year! What do you think?

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Best Summer Reads

By June 23, 2017 INSPIRATION
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Summer is officially here and during the holiday season and there’s nothing quite like diving into a new book while relaxing on a beach to escape even further.

It’s time to unwind with one of these page-turners. Whether you’re lounging bedside or tanning by the pool, here are eight books you’ll want to get lost in.

 


 

VILLA AMERICA

Liza Klaussmann, 2015

Klaussmann has fictionalized the lives of Gerald and Sara Murphy, illustrious American expats central to the 1920s arts and literature movements in Paris and Cap d’Antibes, where they built their fabled home Villa America.

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THE MINISTRY OF UTMOST HAPPINESS

Arundhati Roy, 2017

From the author of The God of Small Things, this highly anticipated novel dazzles with its kaleidoscopic narrative approach and unforgettable characters.

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BONJOUR TRISTESSE

Françoise Sagan, 1954

Sagan’s 17 year-old narrator Cecile has a chic life, living in Paris with her charming father and holidaying on the French Riviera. Weave your way through glamorous descriptions and psychological tension in this perfect holiday read.

Bonjour Tristesse

 


 

FATES AND FURIES

Lauren Groff, 2015

An elegant and intricate story of a flawed marriage over twenty-four years, this book will show you that there are 2 sides to every story, and sometimes the keys to a great marriage is not its truths, but its secrets.

Fates and Furies

 

 

 

 


 

VALLEY OF THE DOLLS

Jacqueline Susann, 1966

This is a coming-of-age story that follows Anne, Jennifer and Neely, friends who contend with pretty much all seven deadly sins on their path to fame, from 1945 to 1965.

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TENDER IS THE NIGHT

F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1934

A semi-autobiographical novel that takes the reader through the romantic and melancholic life of several friends whilst bathed in the warmth of the French Riviera sun.

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ON THE ROAD

Jack Kerouac, 1957

Another semi-autobiographical novel, Kerouac describes his adventures and travels with friends across the United States with a backdrop of poetry and jazz.

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THE ONE PLUS ONE

Jojo Moyes, 2014

From the author of Me Before You, The One Plus One is a captivating and unconventional romance about two lost souls meeting in the most unlikely circumstances.

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Summer linens inspired by nature

By July 1, 2016 BEHIND THE SCENES
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Our new dyed linens are inspired by the ever-changing nature of the sky, reflecting our name Les 100 Ciels (One Hundred Skies in French).

From indigo summer skies to golden sunsets, these hues embody the colours of warm climates, whilst the natural linen quality feels fresh and cool.

The tie-dyed linen styles are individually hand dyed, meaning that each one is unique! Ombre colours and prints have inspired our designers throughout this Spring Summer ’16 season and this has been reflected in styles our new golden toned pieces.

Read on to see our moodboards for the new linen styles!


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Shop now | Hue Linen Top          Shop now | Tone Linen Cardigan           Tip: Pair both together!


 

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Shop now | Hue Linen top         Shop now | Tone Linen Cardigan       Tip: Pair both together!


golden tones

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Shop now | Trace Linen Vest         Shop now | Taint Linen Top      Shop now | Strike Linen Cardigan 

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Buy now, wear forever

By June 28, 2016 Editor's Picks, SALE
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We’ve picked our top styles from our Summer Sale to make choosing your forever-piece easier!


 

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Rica          flow            sheer

 


 

Prints

avhia    hiro     sketch


 

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nubuck       rosey              zuz


 

Cashmere

hallie       draper        nian

Shop all our Summer Sale here!

 

 

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sculptured silhouettes in cool cotton

By May 6, 2016 NEW ARRIVALS
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Cool cotton and neutral palettes complement the crisp tailoring and elegant lines of this new wave of minimalism.

Our new designs for spring are influenced by 90’s minimalism and structural architecture. Attention to detail and ultimate comfort is in focus here- fused hems and box pleats give a contemporary feel.

Read on for more details about the styles in our edit!


Glow pleated blouse

Elevated from a simple t-shirt shape, this gorgeous blouse has been given a boxy shape which slopes subtly at the back. It’s easy-to-wear with a zip at the back and the pleats on the lower half add a feminine touch.

Tip: Wear with slim fitting trousers

Shop here!

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Rico pleated top

This go-with-everything top has a beautiful asymmetric hem with fused edges- giving it a modern and clean finish. The cotton poplin gives structure to the pleats at the back and is contrasted with loose, comfortable cotton jersey at the front for a contemporary take on the t-shirt.

Tip: This style looks great with jeans.

Shop here!

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Carrie pleated dress

Sister to Rico, this cotton dress is perfect for garden parties under the sun as the cotton poplin on the back is cool and fresh to the touch and the cotton jersey on the front is lightweight and ultra comfortable. The beauty of this dress is that you can dress it up or down depending on the occasion- the epitome of easy, breezy spring style.

Tip: Carrie looks just as good with casual sliders as it does with heeled sandals.

Shop here!

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Avron t-shirt

Simple and effortless this cotton T-shirt has been updated with fused hems to give a clean finish and modern look.

Tip: This tee looks great dressed up with our palazzo pants, Pall, or with our luxe joggers, Tyle.

Shop here!

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Weekend getaway essentials: What to pack

By April 26, 2016 INSPIRATION
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Are you making the most of this long weekend and escaping the city? Get inspiration for what to wear with our off-duty bank holiday favourites.

What to wear | Departure Lounge

Travel in ultimate comfort with our cashmere joggers and hoodie whilst still remaining stylish.

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Check list:

Steph cashmere hoodie

Natalia cashmere joggers


 

What to wear | Staycation

Fall back in love with your city by making the most of the extra day to explore new areas and discover hidden gems

Where to go: Brunch with friends in your home town

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Check list:

Urai sleeveless coat

Lorna cardigan

Marvey culottes

Tyle joggers

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What to pack | City Break

Soak up some culture and escape the city for a weekend of alfresco dinners, museums and art galleries.

Where to go: Sightseeing in Rome

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Check list:

Nove cotton trousers

Sketch silk blouse

Cozz shirt

Calivn ottoman jumper


What to pack | Sun Seekers

Tired of these April showers? Jet off for some sun and slip into our easy-to-wear, breezy dresses.

Where to go: Sun lounging in Lisbon

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Check list:

Ocean silk dress

Dash silk dress

Thrill cotton shirt

Marvey Culottes

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