Friday Fashion Face-off: Best-Dressed Woman at the 2020 US Open

What does it mean when someone keeps giving your tennis outfit side-eye? Can’t be good, right? But I was wearing a white top and peachy orange skirt. What’s wrong with that?

Nothing, that’s what. I looked perfect. Woman needs to get her eyes checked.

Speaking of looking perfect, feast your eyes on our best-dressed woman nominees for the 2020 US Open…

Nominee #1: Serena Williams

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What a pleasure to nominate Serena in the best-dressed category! I give Serena a pretty hard time in this blog, although to her credit, she never complains. Remember her tutu from two years ago? Ugh. Now, this is how you do the ballerina look. Classy all the way.

I initially wasn’t a fan of her hair pompoms. So silly and inappropriate for a 38-year-old woman, unless, of course, that woman is going twinsies with her daughter:

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How ridiculously cute is Olympia??? Now I want some pompoms, too.

Nominee #2: Tsvetana Pironkova

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It always seems a little unfair to have an off-the-rack tennis outfit competing against something custom-made for the athlete. Perhaps the Fashion Face-off should have separate categories, like “day wear” and “evening wear.” Or “clothes you and I might actually wear” and “catwalk tennis apparel.” But let’s be real. I can barely eke out one poll as it is.

The Bulgarian player, and recent mother, stays fresh and cool in this combo by Pironetic. I hadn’t heard of this brand, so I looked it up. Turns out it’s Pironkova’s own line of athletic wear. So not only is it not off-the-rack, it’s custom-made for her and by her. I really ought to do my research before I start tapping out these posts.

Anyhoo, I like that shade of blue. I like the contemporary plaid side panels on the shirt and matching built-in short. And I like the pleats that give the skirt movement without adding bulk. (Not making my butt look bigger is pretty much all I ask for in clothing these days.)

Hey, that’s two mothers in a row. I wonder if Victoria Azarenka will be next???

Nominee #3: Coco Gauff

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You didn’t really think Azarenka would be here, did you? But don’t worry. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing her on Friday.

Instead, we have crowd favorite Coco Gauff, fully redeeming herself from last year’s high-concept fashion flop. Remember that one? A washed-out homage to New York City’s tennis courts? I couldn’t believe New Balance would stick a 15-year-old in such a dreary dress.

Apparently New Balance heard me and decided to dress this girl like the superstar she is. With its asymmetric collar and metallic accents, this red number is as bold as her game.

Congratulations, Coco, for landing your first LYB best-dressed nomination! You’ve finally arrived!

Two polls for you today, so don’t forget to scroll…




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  1. Pironkova has the “athletiest” outfit of the three. The other two are equal parts athletic outfit and fashion statement. I like my athletes to wear stuff that athletes wear when they’re doing stuff that athletes do.

  2. Yes, but…you can’t brush off how sleek that red outfit is! I would absolutely wear the blue one. but I have to give Coco the prize.

    +1 to hair pom poms. Let’s get some!

    1. How come you didn’t like it? Did you prefer the red version? I liked it in red and this color, whatever it is, but decided not to have two red dresses in the poll.

      1. she always does these flouncy baby doll looking things that do not flatter her, including this one in my humble opinion.i think she would look better in something more athletic looking.

        1. I’ve often thought that too—that she should wear simple athletic lines. But maybe it doesn’t look good on her. I do like this one. It’s not as flouncy (excellent word, btw) as some of her others. I do know what you mean, though.

  3. I voted for Serena. OK, so maybe I was a leetle bit affected by relativity: she looked SO MUCH BETTER than she has since – what – maybe the 20th century?

  4. If I wore Serena’s Pom poms, I might win several games as the opponents would be doubled over laughing 😆

    1. They’re silly, but I’m wondering if we’ll start seeing them now on the court. Someone else recently was wearing the old tennis socks with the pom poms at the back. I sense a trend. Maybe making pom poms is the latest pandemic craze. Sourdough bread is so April.

  5. I know someone who took her *socks* to her tailor (?) dressmaker (?) to have her sew pompoms to the back of for tennis!!! Now, I know I can run with a twee crowd at times (not naming names), but that was a little much, even for me…!!! But maybe now that we’re all at home we can order some pompoms and schedule a zoom DIY kind of call? 🙂 POM POMS FOR EVERYONE!

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