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Wimbledon Whites Through The Ages

posted on Thursday, 3rd July 2014by Sweaty Betty | 0 Comments

After nearly two weeks of excitement, disappointment and of course, style, the world’s oldest tennis tournament draws to a close this weekend. So what have been the highlights?

Alize Cornet of France smashing her way to success over 5-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams, for one! Seeded 25, not only did the French player surprise the world with her skills on the court, but she also caught the eye of the Sweaty Betty team for her ribbed-collar sleeveless tennis dress complete with on-trend mesh detailing (that is not unlike our own Ace Tennis Polo - currently in sale!)

With her look so flawlessly combining flattering style with sporting functionality, Sweaty Betty took a look back through the archives at how the traditional Wimbledon whites have changed and evolved from long skirts and corset tops, to the fashion-centric pieces we see today…

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SB Behind The Scenes: Meet The Tennis Designer

posted on Thursday, 26th June 2014by Sweaty Betty | 0 Comments

We're 3 days into Wimbledon 2014, and it's already got exciting for the Brits, with Andy Murray having smashed his way into the 3rd round, and Heather Watson set to play Germany's Angelique Kerber today, after overcoming lock-jaw to win against Croatian player Ajla Tomljanovic in just 65 minutes.

Getting in the Wimbledon mood, we sat down with the Sweaty Betty tennis designer, Lisa, to find out more about the collection, that gives the traditional tennis whites a contemporary style update with neon trims and flattering, feminine shapes. Read on for Lisa's inspirations and her tips on how to wear it...

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136 Years of Wimbledon Style

posted on Tuesday, 25th June 2013by Sweaty Betty | 0 Comments

The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum features a “Whites of Wimbledon” collection of tennis ensembles from the 1880s to the present day. For any tennis fan, this confirms that court-side fashion has a prominent place in Wimbledon’s history.

The all-white dress code is one of the Championships’ trademarks. The players’ proposed clothing designs must comply with the rules, and are sent for approval several months in advance.

A century ago, female players were required to wear full-length and long-sleeved dresses on the court – not the most practical kit. Luckily, even Wimbledon rules are made to be broken – take French player Suzanne Lenglen. In 1919, she stepped onto the court evoking flapper glamour in a knee-length, sleeveless dress.
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Announcing our #WimbledonWorthy Pinterest competition

posted on Thursday, 13th June 2013by Sweaty Betty | 3 Comments

To celebrate the excitement surrounding the world's favourite tennis tournament, we'd love you to create a Pinterest board inspired by all things Wimbledon. Think classic tennis whites, vintage rackets and strawberries…the most inspirational board wins £150 to spend on an outfit worthy of Wimbledon from Sweaty Betty's tennis collection.

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Tennis Ambassador Emily Webly-Smith's 7 Top Training Tips

posted on Tuesday, 11th June 2013by Sweaty Betty | 0 Comments

In anticipation of Wimbledon, we asked Sweaty Betty Ambassador and professional tennis player Emily Webley-Smith to give us some training tips. Born in Bristol, Emily is currently ranked number 6 in Britain and has competed in four Wimbledon Championships. Here are her top 7 tips for perfecting your play court-side.
1. Be comfortable
Choose kit that you can move in and don't have to adjust while you play. The Deuce Tennis Vest and Match Play Tennis Skirt will be my choice at Wimbledon this summer for the perfect combination of freedom of movement and style. The skirt even has built in shorts so rhythm between serves isn’t disturbed with a search for the second ball.
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Style On Court

posted on Thursday, 24th June 2010by Tamara | 0 Comments

Style on court continued... Style of play is not the only thing on a player’s mind this tournament, or those gone before. What about the all important question ‘what to wear?’ A look back into the history of the Wimbledon wardrobe...

In 1985 Anne White strolled onto court, warming up in a tracksuit. Nothing to be noted here. As play began and both women took their place on court, White revealed her outfit: off with the tracksuit and out came an all in one skin tight cat suit! Play began to the dismay of crowd and commentator and continued until stopped due to weather conditions at one set all. Bad light allowed the umpire and officials to have their say regarding style on court: the jumpsuit was deemed unsuitable and White was asked not to wear this for the rest of the tournament. White now admits she may have been ahead of her time, sporting a body con all-in-one, I think she may have been right.

Not only did five time Wimbledon champion Suzanne Lenglen reapply her make up at court changeovers, she was also named the ‘the divine one’ by French press – charged with flamboyancy, trend setting and the rise of celebrity in sport. Lenglen wore a daring calf-length, short-sleeved cotton attire with white stockings under her skirt The French tennis icon experimented with wearing colourful skirt chiffon, a headband, and shiny white stockings. Her ‘revolutionary’ tennis attire caused a stir on the tennis court as spectators were used to the modest, and toned down attire of female tennis players. She also won 25 grand slam titles between 1919 and 1926. Wow. 

Up until 91, Andre Agassi imposed upon himself a Wimbledon ban. He was a man where style came first, a man of colour and panache although Wimbledon did prove too tempting post 91 where Agassi lay down his fashion gauntlet for the white Wimbledon policy. Clearly the man where style came first…. Did someone say denim?!


The William’s sisters do respect the demure white ruling of Wimbledon but credit must go to the gutsy outfits Serena has showcased in the past – like this PVC black catsuit.


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