by Katherine Bernard
"Half the fun of sports-or is it really all the fun?-lies in wearing just the smartest possible type of sports clothes." This statement was made in Vogue in 1919, and since then, fashion and sports have been engaged in what can best be described as a lively tennis rally: Designers are constantly serving up clothes based on uniforms while players' on-court choices increasingly show that style matters. And it just so happens that the tennis dress-a sleeveless short tank style-is one of the most adaptable silhouettes for high fashion. Consider a Diane von Furstenberg stretch-jersey dress that looks lifted straight from a vintage photograph, or this Rag & Bone color-block dress that echoes some of the more performance-based ensembles we've seen in play. And so, in honor of the first day of matches at the US Open, here are eight tennis-inspired looks that work whether you're returning a volley on the court or a clever bon mot at a party.
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