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Anyone for tennis?

The major sporting season is underway and women all over the country are faced with the same dilemma: How can I take time off work and go to Henley/Wimbledon/Glorious Goodwood/the Olympics.  And then: What shall I wear?  Take a tip from the Ladies at Wimbledon and make sure you are well dressed for any and every eventuality.

Classic colours, classic shapes, a bit of movement in the skirt, well fitted throughout.  The predominantly white dress code that Wimbledon demands shows female athletes who mean business also looking extremely feminine.

Maria Sharapova’s dress, below, demonstrates this perfectly.

Are those knickers allowed Maria? Russia's Maria Sharapova's powerful serve reveals her lime green shorts underneath her white tennis dress during her first round match against Australia's Anastasia Rodionova


The Williams sisters’ outfits are always worthy of attention and here Venus, in a dress from last year, channels The Great Gatsby.  Again, note the combination of fitted and flowing.  The outfit has very little extraneous detail, but relies on a crisp, classic silhouette for an elegant look:


We may not all have the athletes’ peak performance figures but we can use their styling tips and apply it to our own attire: clean hair style, simple, elegant neckline on the dress, and movement in the skirt providing a bit of fun:

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Working Frocks has the perfect away-day dress: a princess-line dress in biscuit coloured gingham. The top is similar to a racing-back tee shirt, while the skirt has a little movement in it.  Clean simple lines.  Accessorise with sandals or shoes, keep jewellery to a minimum.  Add a cardigan or jacket, a hat if it’s sunny, take a brolly to keep of the rain or use as a parasol against the sun (if we are that lucky).  And you’re ready: sporty style, elegantly effected.





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