One of Looking Our Best’s favourite summer delights is now being served. Wimbledon, with its lobbing of balls, thwacking of racquets, grand slams and temper tantrums, has all the fun and drama of a toddler’s birthday party but with added screaming and grunting.
(even this blogger’s acronym is a tennis shot) has loved this game from way
back in the 1970s’ when the sitting room curtains would be pulled to shield the
sunlight from the telly screen as players with wonderful names such as Yvonne
Goolagong and Billie Jean King slogged it out in SW19.
|It's a wrap -linen with pulled thread embroidery|
Those were the days pre-trainer craze when we wore humble canvas plimsolls. Whitening these was something of a ritual, squeezing the last drop of chalky liquid out of the bottle with the sponge on top before leaving them out to dry on the window sill.
|What's not to love? Ivory dress with lemon slip|
Tennis has an interesting fashion trajectory with regard to obligatory women’s attire, from the full dresses with bustles of the late 19th century, to Venus Williams risqué ooh-la-la nude knickers of 2010.
|The day shift - in pure linen|
|Set and Match - ivory trousers and silk top|
There are variations on this theme every summer for us mere spectators partial to some snow- white linen and cotton, and this year is no exception. Our top seeds featured here are all from Hobbs (and with many of these items now reduced in their sale).
Even if the closest you will get to centre court this summer is slumped on the sofa in front of a match, do it in style like your fave Ladies. Rope in a ball boy to keep you well supplied with strawberries and cream. Maybe some towels. And don’t forget the Robinson’s Barley Water.
|Classic linen blazer with pulled thread embroidery|