And here it is, the eagerly awaited new FW 2011 tennis line from Ms. Stella McCartney for adidas. What to choose? There are so many great pieces. Look for it all on Caroline Wozniacki over the next few months.
The "flavors" to choose from in the group are chalk white, universe grey (top on Caroline below), continental grey (darker grey top below), simple beige and calvi yellow (more of a pastel).
Wozniacki's dress for the US Open 2011 is in chalk white ($130 USD). It is currently my pick as the Porshe of tennis dresses for a lot of reasons. Is this the kind of detail and construction I miss by never buying couture? Probably.
Pictured above right is a section of the bodice. "Stella McCartney" is knit right into the horizontal elastic under the bust (enlarge pic with a click). The mesh side insets keep the body cool.
A very unusual, modern neckline contrasts with the empire waist, a smooth front ending in a tidy row of crisp, tux shirt-like pleats on front only that ride just higher than the back which drops a bit. On, it looks like you are wearing two layers of closely fitted men's tanks; the fabric is as light as thin silk but is stretchy climalite as any adidas performance garment. Note that the white is distinctly creamy, not bright at all (the images are deceiving).
You will absolutely need the Seamless Performance Bra under the dress. Any other bra is going to wreck the look of the neckline. Add $45 for the bra and shorties.
Fit: To be honest, the dress is for the super-fit. It is not forgiving to a less than perfect midsection at all, neither is the lycra tank, above (which has marvelous detail too - see inset left in calvi).
As a lover of looser tops I will turn my purchasing attention to the pleated Tennis Skirt ($85), Easy Tank, ($75, left) , Clima Polo ($85), Tennis Shorts ($65, right) and Tennis Sleeveless Hoodie in universe grey ($100). All have the looser fit and look I personally breathe easier in. But if you've got the pecs (and no extras), definitively give the tighter looks a try.
Check out the zip warm up jacket too, $150. It's lightweight and super cozy in a flattering pale beige.