Did you see a lot of people wearing purple this year? Purple was 2018’s Color of the Year, which is some made-up designation by the pretentiously named Pantone Color Institute. (Correction: I just checked Pantone’s website. Pantone called the Color of the Year “ultra violet.” That’s purple to us less pretentious folk.)
I’m not sure how Pantone, a company I’d never heard of up until a couple of years ago, ended up in charge of deciding the year’s color, nor how they selected purple. I know I didn’t get a vote. Not that I don’t like purple. (Oddly, I’m wearing a purple shirt right now.) But why not burnt orange? Now there’s a color I can really get behind.
Nike must have gotten Pantone’s color memo. The two finalists at the WTA Finals, Elina Svitolina and Sloane Stephens, both Nike-sponsored players, battled it out in purple Nike gear.
Elina honors the Color of the Year with a purple dress. And a purple visor. I have to say, that’s a lot of purple. We’re almost in Barney territory. (Wait–how fun would it be to have a tennis exhibition where the pros have to wear short-armed Barney costumes? The proceeds could go to a children’s charity. Someone needs to make this happen.)
It’s obvious I’m not enamored of all this purple, but those yellow sneakers rescue this outfit from my total scorn. I’m pretty timid when it comes to putting colors together, so I always admire people who can pull off unexpected combinations. Of course, we already knew Elina was a bold fashionista–her tuxedo outfit for the WTA Gala easily won our fashion face-off a couple of weeks ago.
Sloane avoids the Barney route, opting to pair her purple cap-sleeve top with an orangy-red skirt. Again, I wouldn’t have thought to put these colors together, but Sloane looks smart.
Note that the tucking trend continues. When last we polled on this subject, we liked it on Angelique Kerber but didn’t want to start tucking our own tops. Whatever we may think, it seems this trend has legs.
It has already been a heady few weeks for Elina, what with winning both the WTA Finals AND our Gala fashion face-off. Can her winning streak continue???