Wimbledon fever has hit and the return of the world's oldest tennis tournament reminds us of the sport's many treasured traditions. Right now in SW19 it's all about strawberries and cream, the famous Henman Hill (or Murray Mound, if you will) and a strictly all-white player dress code. This unfaltering dedication to head-to-toe crisp-white steez has influenced our wardrobes more than you may think — here's how.
STYLE AND CULTURE
TENNIS STYLE LEGACY
By Style Feed Staff, July 5, 2018
Bringing their A-game
Causing a racquet
The John McEnroe/Björn Borg rivalry hit Hollywood last year, with Shia LaBeouf and Sverrir Gudnason bringing the late '70s/early '80s influence on tennis threads to the fore. Take McEnroe's famous headband, for instance — taming his flamboyant curls — and his short-shorts and his polo tee with striped arm detailing. Ace.
Game, set, match
Similarly to soccer and motocross, tennis has infiltrated the streetwear set in recent years, with designers adding everything from sporty sleeve detailing to all-white color palettes to their latest lines. Case in point: London hype label Palace's latest co-ed tennis-inspired collaboration with adidas, that looks fresh both on and off the court. Meanwhile, on the opposite end of the fashion spectrum, Philipp Plein Sport took that influence to the next level for SS19, creating a collection influenced by the clean-cut preppy tennis aesthetic.