Good Morning everyone! Today from Slazenger Heritage, your vintage sportwear store, we are going to tell you the evolution of fashion in tennis. This type of clothes it has been an inspiration in the world of fashion for many years.
The evolution of fashion in tennis in the 19th century
The first official tennis championship took place at the end of the 19th century, and it is here when we can see the first outfits used by the players. Their outfits were very elaborate because they reflected the upper class of their players. Also this clothes were always white because it is the color that best hides the sweat.
- The women wore long dresses with puffed sleeves and high necks and straw hats. Even the shoes were elegant ankle boots.
The men wore shirts, pants and even ties.
The fashion in tennis in the 19th century
Back in the 20th century, at the first Wimbledon championship after the First World War, Suzanne Lenglen caused quite a stir. She appeared with a dress below the knee and without sleeves, much more comfortable to play. Later, she combined with a cardigan that was also sleeveless.
As for men’s fashion, it was not until 1926 that we saw a change in outfits. This happend with the creation of the polo shirt by Rene Lacoste, who created a short-sleeved cotton garment much more comfortable than the shirts they used.
Starting in 1930, clothing began an evolution towards better body movement and comfort, both in men and women. In men, pants were shortened until shorts were used at Wimbledon. In women, shorter skirts and skorts began to be used, a scandal for the time.
The clothes in tennis in the 21th century
Today tennis clothing is entirely designed for comfort, convenience and freedom of the body, a clear example is our tennis sweaters. In addition, sponsorship has become essential and brands shine more than clothing or what it represents itself.
After these scandals that tennis fashion caused previously, today we can say that it has been included in everyday clothing, by clicking here we have an article in which we talk about the aesthetics of tennis for more in-depth daily looks, for if you are interested in the topic. For us, this aesthetic trend is the best!
Which century is your favorite for the tenis clothes? Tell us your opinion!