Fashion Update – Adidas

Written By: achangeofends - Aug• 23•11

I’m sure many of you have already seen the new US Open Adidas kits on twitter or facebook by now, but I thought I would quickly run through them and let you know what I think of the fall lineup.

First up, World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, in Stella McCartney for Adidas.

I would’ve been happy to see Caroline in just about anything new at this point. That ruffly clown number has been around since Indian Wells so it’s about time for a little change. I think we can all agree that Stella and Caroline must’ve gotten off on the wrong foot considering some of the fashion atrocities that have come out of that partnership. However, it looks like their relationship may be on the mend. The new dress is not only flattering, it’s actually kind of cute. Adidas describes the dress as “scuba inspired” although I’m not sure I see the connection. Whatever they want to call it, there’s a distinct lack of ruffles and it doesn’t look like something a child might wear to her first ballet recital. In my book that makes it a winner. Perhaps being off the worst dressed list will help boost Caroline’s confidence a bit. She could use it. Plus, if people are talking about her outfit, they won’t be talking about her coaching situation. If I’m allowed to be a little nitpicky, I have to say that I would’ve preferred to see this dress at Wimbledon and a colored version for the US Open. New York is all about the glitz and glamor of going over the top and I just can’t imagine this outfit fitting in with the drama of a night session on Arthur Ashe stadium. The dress actually comes in yellow, or some color Adidas has termed Calvi that looks a lot like yellow. I think this may have been a more appropriate choice for Flushing Meadows, but funny enough, no one asked my opinion.  This dress is available here and retails for $130.

We’ll stick with the women and check out what No. 16 seed Ana Ivanovic will be wearing. Per my suggestion for Caroline, Ana is wearing the colored version of her Wimbledon outfit. Honestly, it’s tough to make Ana look bad. Adidas generally puts Ana and Daniela Hantuchova in the same outfits, and those two could sell pretty much anything. I like the color, a “sharp red” as Adidas puts it, that really looks a bit more pink. It’s very similar to Ivanovic’s 2010 ensemble. There’s a faint screen print design on the front. If you’re looking to buy a tennis dress, this dress won’t make you look like Ana, but it’s a good deal at $59.99 from Tennis Warehouse including a sports bra and shorts.

All in all, the women should look pretty good, although I haven’t seen what they’ll be trotting the other WTA players out in. I wish I could say the same for the men. Adidas sent out designs for three of their top players, Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and Fernando Verdasco. I think you all remember the watermelon themed fiasco from this year’s Australian Open. Any Murray has fared the best this year. At least they rarely try to dress him in odd prints. Anyway, here’s a look at the US Open outfits.

Andy Murray is Adidas’ main man. I can’t really imagine Andy in a dynamic print because it just doesn’t suit his personality. Luckily, Adidas gives him solids. This year his shorts are black and his shirt is red. On first glance, this actually looked pretty good to me. I like the neckline on the shirt and you really can’t go wrong with black shorts. The only major concern I have with this outfit is the vibrant green piping at the neck. Why is it there? It doesn’t fit with the rest of the outfit. Plus, red and green always makes me think Christmas, regardless of the tones. The shirt also comes in blue, black and white (all of which look fine with the green neckline) and the shorts also come in white (which have a green accent). My suggestion? For day sessions Andy should wear the white shorts with either the red or blue shirt. For night matches, Andy should try something dynamic and go with the black shorts and black shirt. Rafa, Roger, and Andy Roddick have all rocked the all black look and it was successful in all three cases. Andy’s shirt is available for $46.99 while the shorts will set you back $37.99.

The real kicker in the Adidas line up is the outfit worn by Fernando Verdasco and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. They are both wearing similar outfits in different colors. Fernando’s shirt has no collar, while Jo’s is a polo. I’m not even really sure what to say about this outfit. There are no colors that would make this pattern acceptable. On the bright side (like Fernando’s shirt), Verdasco’s kit will be easily visible from even the worst seats in Arthur Ashe Stadium, assuming he gets to play a match there. If you’ve got courtside seats, I suggest bringing sunglasses. Jo’s color scheme won’t blind you, but it has the same unfortunate pattern. I should mention that I quite like the maroon shorts and the blue shorts (not pictured) in this collection. The only think worse than these shirts is the warm up jacket. I haven’t found a photo of the jacket on a player yet, which I assume is because no one has negotiated an endorsement substantial enough to warrant this. The crew neck can be found at Tennis Warehouse for $46.99 along with the polo for $50.99 and the shorts for $42.99.

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