If you are travelling to the Australian Open this year, then please just know that I am very jealous of you and hope you suffer terribly the heat and jet-lag. Just kidding! I actually hope you will tell me all about how awesome it is in the comments to this blog post or on my Instagram page.
Even though I can’t go, that doesn’t mean I haven’t imagined what I would wear if I could. If you are a fashion-loving tennis fan on your way to the Rod Laver Arena and are not sure what to wear, my advice would be to go retro. Whilst real vintage tennis clothing doesn’t have the high performance characteristics that we expect from our sports clothing nowadays, I think that they are instead perfect for watching tennis in. And with the upcoming release of the Bjorn/McEnroe film, I think 2017 is going to be all about the retro tennis look, especially considering the Björn Borg tennis apparel brand will apparently be releasing a vintage sportswear collection to go with the film’s release. FILA will also be kitting out their players for the Australian Open in pieces from their new Heritage range which takes inspiration from the original 1970’s FILA tennis fashion.
But as these collections aren’t yet available to buy, you’ll have to look elsewhere for a retro/vintage style for the AusOpen. I am still piecing together my retro tennis wardrobe which I know I will at least get to wear to the 2017 Monte Carlo Rolex Masters (as this was my Christmas present from my lovely other half!). As you can see in the photo at the top of this post, I have so far picked up an Ellesse tennis skirt (which I got from a fitness blogger on Depop – more on this app later), and I think it looks great with my navy blue Fred Perry polo shirt and Ray-Ban sunglasses. And here is how I would complete the look:
- Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen. Before getting dressed, I would make sure I was well covered in SPF 50 sunscreen to protect my skin from the hot Australian sun, and what better brand for a tennis lover than SuperGoop! which is co-owned by Maria Sharapova.
- Ellesse Gadina Tennis Skirt – as modelled by me in the top photo!
- Idawen Bouza Navy Premium Bag – any excuse for me to treat myself to another tennis bag!
- Stan Smith shoes
- Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses
- Fred Perry G12 shirt (a bit different to the model I have, but I like the stripes on the collar and sleeves of this new model).
If you want to be really authentic then do take a look on the Depop mobile, social shopping app as there are many people selling original vintage tennis skirts, dresses and shoes from brands such as Ellesse, FILA, Lacoste and Fred Perry. Just do a search for retro tennis or vintage tennis and you will find people in US, UK and Italy selling some very cool tennis kit at reasonable prices.
Let me know what you think of my retro “tennis spectator” look in the comments below!