Friday Fashion Face-off: Best-Dressed Woman, Australian Open 2021

It’s the second Friday of the Australian Open, time for the women to face off with their fashion.

Surprisingly, I had a tougher time finding three worthy nominees among the women than I did among the men. In fact, I’m not 100% sure all three of these nominees are worthy. No doubt you’ll let me know if one of these ladies shouldn’t be here.

Nominee #1: Ash Barty

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You can always count on Ash Barty for understated style. It’s kind of like her game—artful and impactful without unnecessary drama. Sounds like a good standard for most endeavors in life.

The Australian looks sporty-chic in this Fila combo. The lilac top pairs beautifully with the rich plum skirt. A classy look for a classy competitor.

Nominee #2: Sorana Cirstea

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Now, this is different, isn’t it?

I saw this New Balance swing dress (or is it a baby doll dress—I don’t know what the difference is) on Danielle Collins and was on the fence about it. I love the freedom and movement, and the color—tangerine? coral?—stands out against the blue hard courts. The white-edged navy straps kicks the whole thing up a notch.

But Collins’s build doesn’t lend itself well to this unstructured cut. On Cirstea’s slighter frame, this youthful dress gets the hanger it needs.

Nominee #3: Aryna Sabalenka

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Some of you fashionistas are probably wondering why Simona Halep isn’t the nominee for this Nike number. Same dress, different color scheme. Both athletes looked striking. In the end, I chose Sabalenka because the empire waist of this dress seems tailor-made for the Greek Goddess/Warrior Princess aura the Belarusian’s got going on.

(And don’t even start with the brown thing. It’s sand-colored.)




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  1. That’s beige on Sabalenka, no matter how much you make me laugh!!!!! Much better combo on Simona. And, can’t understand why Serena isn’t included….. JK! I did like Muchova’s skirt and top tho.

  2. When I saw Danielle Collins wearing the coral/navy New Balance dress, I assumed she chose it because it’s the school colors of Univ. of Virginia – navy and orange – where she played tennis for 3 years, winning the NCAA singles title in 2014 and 2016. Go Cavs!

    1. Interesting! Maybe she had some input in the colors New Balance used. I wonder if she’s the highest ranked NB player on the woman’s side. Maybe that gets you some say in the design.

  3. Of the 3 contestants, I voted for Serana (sp), the middle coice.
    But my personal favorite outfit was Bianca Andreescu’s. Loved the snug fitting bodice and the pleated skirt that was higher on one side than the other. It gave her a graceful look.

    1. I forgot about Bianca. She did look good in that dress. Elina Svitolina wore that dress in white, and I thought it looked terrible. On Bianca it was much better. I could have put her in over Ash Barty.

  4. Now I need you to show all the ones you didn’t show that got mentioned here! You expect me to remember dresses? Or even have time to watch? Follow up please.

    Ok. You knew I couldn’t vote for purple or “sand” — and I love that salmon/coral color.

    Never a full moment here, but that “sand” (BROWN!) is dull, even if the other colors and the cut are awesome.

    1. I thought the tan dress would win, but it’s losing now! I guess no one else likes brown either, no matter what sandy spin I try to put on it.

      And yes, I expect everyone to watch tennis so you can make informed voting choices. It’s a basic civic duty.

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