The Evolution of Tennis Fashion, from 1901–2011

Photo by: Courtesy of Getty Images
1900s
Not so much as an ankle in sight, the ladies who played tennis at the turn of the century were cinched in corsets and belts, and covered up in floor-grazing ... more 
Photo by: Courtesy of Getty Images
1900s
Not so much as an ankle in sight, the ladies who played tennis at the turn of the century were cinched in corsets and belts, and covered up in floor-grazing skirts, hats, and long sleeves.

See more:
Tennis Heavy Hitters in Vogue
Tennis (Dresses), Anyone? US Open-Inspired Choices

less 
1 / 12
Thu, Aug 29, 2013 3:17 PM EDT
Patricia Garcia




With the US Open currently underway in New York, a look through our archives reminds us that there was once a time when women practiced their backhand not in neon spandex, but wearing lace-up corsets, court-length skirts, ladylike slippers, and even, on occasion, a well-placed fur. Then there was Katharine Hepburn, taking to the green, racket in hand, in a pair of shorts, which one thought might be shocking until, a few years later, came the advent of the short tennis skirt (in pastels, no less). And what of the Williams sisters' defiant, exciting approach to tennis whites? In honor of fashion's long-standing role in this long-running sport, here are examples, decade by decade, of the most stylishly standout moment in tennis dressing.


See more from Vogue:

A New Crop of Young Tennis Stars at the U.S. Open


Best Met Gala Looks of All Time


Michelle Obama's Best-Dressed Moments


Vogue-Commissioned Custom Designer Tennis Balls