Hurray for the second Friday of a slam, the day when we get to vote for the best-dressed woman! I’m so excited for today’s Fashion Face-off I haven’t even watched the Rafa-Roger semi yet. Is it over? Did it get rained out? Is Rafa still in contention for title #12?
No, don’t tell me! I’m going to watch it right after I post.
So here’s a strange thing. We have three stylish American nominees today…yet I wouldn’t wear a single one of these outfits. What’s my problem, anyway? I’m the same way with jewelry. I like it in the store. And I like it on other people. But I don’t like it on me. Weird, right?
Nominee 1: Sofia Kenin
The winsome American who toppled Serena Williams in straight sets looked tres chic in this Fila ensemble. The red two-piece makes a statement, which probably goes something like this: “I may be ranked #35 with only one WTA title to my name, but I’ve come to play–and I’m taking you down.”
I love this bold color.
I love the zigzag navy accents.
And I love the length…on Kenin. There’s no way I’d wear a skirt that short!
Nominee 2: Serena Williams
After Serena sported a catsuit on court last year, the president of the French Tennis Federation called for a dress code that “respects the game and the place.” I’m pretty sure this isn’t what he had in mind.
On the other hand, how rational is a dress code in a sporting arena? At the end of the match, the garments are typically rumpled and drenched in sweat, the men’s underwear showing through their white shorts, their underarms darkly stained, everyone’s shoes and socks coated in red dust. Does it matter how respectful your clothes are when you walk onto the court if you’re going to be a drippy, dusty, disheveled mess by the time you walk off?
On the other other hand, I’m not saying I liked the catsuit. I didn’t. Neither did most of you.
I’ve run out of hands. Let’s move on…
Serena’s never going to be the wallflower. She’s never going to wear the bumblebees and the faux-polo collar. She’s Serena. So we need to make some allowances for Fashion Face-off purposes and measure her clothes by a different standard. We’ll call it the Serena standard.
Compared to the outre catsuit and the green hotpants and the voluminous tutu, this midriff-baring asymmetrical outfit is flattering. It highlights her impressive physique rather than making a caricature of it.
Would I wear it? Of course not. I would look absurd. I’m guessing you would, too. But on Serena, it’s a winner.
Nominee 3: Amanda Anisimova
Another up-and-coming American made a splash at the French Open, both for her game and for wearing the only appealing combination in Nike’s “Random Patterns” collection. Anisimova’s quarterfinal opponent, Simona Halep, also sported the bumblebee top. But on the seventeen-year-old, the demure collar and bumblebee print looks especially innocent and sweet. There’s something charmingly old world about this look, as if Anisimova time-machined here from the 1940s.
Again, I wouldn’t wear it. I don’t like playing in a high collar, and I’d look downright matronly in bumblebees. But it’s lovely on the young rising star.
It’s quite a varied slate of nominees this time, isn’t it? I’m very curious to see how this poll turns out. Vote for your favorite below, and tune in next Friday for our round-up of the worst dressed at Roland Garros!
Rafa and Roger, here I come!