I was once told that in order to see results in the gym or with any workout you do, you must feel confident in what you’re wearing while you’re exercising. Yes ladies, this means leaving your husband’s oversized t-shirt at home and actually going shopping for a new set of capris and a supportive sports bra. Major brands make cute training gear nowadays and I find just as much joy in shopping for a gym look as I do for a night on the town.
Tennis phenom Serena Williams must have heard that same idiom some years ago, because I can’t remember a time where her personal style didn’t come through in her on-court gear, and she puts up the numbers to back what my friend said. In singles matches alone, she has a 542-108 record, including 17 Grand Slam titles, not to mention the 164-20 record she’s compiled with sister Venus in doubles matches.
In honor of her quest for her fourth U.S. Open title this year — and her most recent 6-0, 6-0 rout of Andrea Hlavackova in a fourth-round match — I want to salute Serena Williams for showing women they can still look well-kept and put together while they are burning calories.
Among her top sponsors is Nike, the mega brand which outfits her from head to toe when she’s competing. In her most recent contest, Williams was seen in a fuchsia pleated tennis dress with royal purple inlay and an electric green Nike swoosh adorning her chest.
To add to the vibrant colored ensemble, the swoosh on her dress matched her electric green headband and similarly loud spandex shorts, while the sweatbands on her wrists pulled the whole thing together: they were fuchsia terry cloth with electric green embroidered swooshes. She was fully accessorized and dominated accordingly.
I would do anything to have her wardrobe at my disposal. When I hit the gym I try to make sure that if I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror, I don’t have to cringe. I doubt Williams ever frowns when looking back at herself in pictures or highlight films, because her fierce fashion completely complements her ferocity in her game.
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