Are you bleary-eyed after last night’s Game 3? Me, too, and I didn’t even stay up for the whole thing. That’s okay. We’ll just ease into our day with a cup of coffee and a frivolous fashion face-off.
Last week, I nominated the best-dressed women from the WTA Gala and Draw Ceremony. I got some pushback both in the comments and in person: Where are the short, clingy dresses? Why are you nominating someone wearing a beach towel? Stop being such an old biddy!
Hmm. Maybe I have become too prim. I still don’t think these are the best of the bunch, but in the interest of salvaging my fashion cred, here’s the slate of slinky nominees:
1. Sloane Stephens
The standard uniform for evening wear is a black or red dress, so I have to applaud Stephens for thinking outside the box. I absolutely love the colors and beadwork.
The sleeves surprise me, though, and not necessarily in a good way. Stephens is super fit, but the tight sleeves make her strong arms just look bulky. Maybe we don’t need to be that far away from the box.
2. Caroline Wozniacki
The Dane’s a comely girl, and she chooses a dress to showcase her assets. All the standard evening wear boxes are checked. Short? Tight? Red (or black)? Yup, yup, and (yawn) yup.
What elevates this dress above the cookie-cutter cocktail style are the cute ties on the arms. They lend the dress a hint of playfulness, totally in keeping with Wozniacki’s personality. (Anyone remember the “I was attacked by a kangaroo” joke she played on the press?)
3. Petra Kvitova
Wow, Kvitova’s legs look long in that photo.
I really want to like this dress. Sure, it’s short and black, but it’s trying to do something a little more, with the sheer illusion at the neckline and tiers of fabric.
It’s almost a great dress, but for me, it doesn’t go far enough. I want just a little glimmer of beading or sequin. Or maybe some flapper-like fringe added to the tiers. The dress needs a little life and movement to give it the wow factor. (Those are some seriously excellent shoes, though.)
We have two polls today. The second asks you to recall Elina Svitolina’s tuxedo outfit from last week’s poll. Here’s the link, if you can’t remember it. (Having trouble with your short-term memory? Now who’s the old biddy?!)