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Grand Slam: Tennis-Inspired Fashion

As much as I enjoyed the sartorial awesomeness of the BeDazzle'd leotards and Fruit Loop-colored eyeshadow at the Olympics, I'm really happy that it's finally U.S. Open time again. (Yes, I know tennis is in the Olympics, but who can truly pay attention to the game while scoring Kate Middleton's attempts at plebeian sports fan outfits and steeling their tear ducts against those saccharine athlete biographies? Not me.)

Now I can finally focus on tennis—and what the players are wearing for the tennis. Maria Sharapova always looks amazing, of course, but I think even if you don't have Maria's general aesthetic (Kate Bosworth in Blue Crush, but stretched to 6'2) the sport's standard-issue attire makes you look good. Tennis gear's flattering and cool, and I play the sport partially (or mostly) to wear it.

All of it, too: whether traditional white polos and pleated skirts or the new wave of colorblocked, mesh-paneled dresses, I don't discriminate. I love the both tennis looks equally—enough so, in fact, that I wear that stuff off the court as well.

Below, shop my favorites from both sides of the tennis-inspired fashion court. From classic, country club Band of Outsiders-y stuff to the cyborg-slash-athlete Alexander Wang-esque garb, it's all kinds of awesome. (To really ace the looks, we'd suggest adding just one thing: a high ponytail straight out of a '90s Versace ad. Or, you know, Arthur Ashe stadium.)

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If Serena Williams stepped into a scene from Sabrina.


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Borrowed from the boys and worn a little oversized with skinny pants, it'll read like super-expensive Altuzarra.
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A tomboy, Chloe Sevigny-like spin on the country club staple.

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Maria Sharapova wears a version of it, like, every day. (VPL for Nike, perhaps? Fingers crossed.)
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Fanny packs might never make a comeback, but even Marc Jacobs likes a good visor.

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Toughen it up with a leather jacket and bedhead to steer it from mixed doubles to mixed drinks.
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Solves the problem of what to wear with fall's novelty sweaters and velvet loafers on still sorta-summery days.


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Needs an equally kitschy doubles partner, like a bird print blouse or librarian glasses.


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The best way to top a pencil skirt and heels. (And to get your letter jacket when you really only made the thirds team in high school. Whatever.)
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The kind of Narciso Rodriguez-y number Gwyneth would throw on to host a last-minute summer dinner party. (On her tennis court, maybe.)


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With motorcycle boots and morning-after eyeliner, it's less suburban mom and more subversive art student.


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Unlike the Isabel Marant high-tops, you can actually work out in them, too.
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Just add a fuchsia lip (and maybe a really good bronzer).
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It's okay to let your gym bag upstage your handbag.
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To avoid the early '00s bohemian look, pair it with crisp pants and button-downs instead of maxi dresses.

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Alexa Chung-ify your floral sundresses.
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Only Alex Wang could make a solid-colored, calf-length sheath look more badass than corporate.


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