Tennis Love

I literally stopped playing in the middle of a tennis clinic because I couldn’t read the logo on a girl’s cute outfit.  


Believe me, I am a genius of discretion but I didn’t recognize the logo and I really needed to know what this fabulous outfit was!

Tennis clothing is a fairly tight family.  There are the behemoths Nike, Adidas, my personal obsession adidas by Stella McCartney and some others such as Lucky in Love, Monreal London, Fila and Chrissy by Tail.  


Attention please – there is a new kid in town and she is not messing around!  Yaffa Activewear, founded by Laura Preskin, is an entrepreneurial fashion startup that is delivering tennis gorgeousness, courtside and then off the court.
Influenced by ready to wear fashion, designed by a former fashion executive, Yaffa brings clever additions and unexpected details that absolutely set their clothes apart from the competition.  Blues, greys, brilliant whites and even spf treated pieces that reduce skin exposure to the sun.


Ruching is such a flattering addition to design, especially for the tennis set made up predominantly of women who have had children – there is only so much a daily plank can do, am I right?

Yaffa is available online and in various tennis and country clubs across the USA.  It can also be found in my closet…quite a few pieces actually, as I am a big fan!

Wimby Wear

 

Wimbledon 2016  just ended this past weekend, and I for one am a little sad.  Tennis is my bad habit.  Not only playing, but specifically watching major tournaments while simultaneously online shopping on my iPad/phone/ laptop for the outfits of the pros.  Naughty naughty naughty reversecommuter.

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A highly anticipated late June tennis tournament played on the All England Club grass courts in England since 1877, the fashion image conjured up is stuffy.

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reversecommuter is here to correct that bland boring fashion reputation.  Yes, players at Wimbledon do have to wear white.  Not cream nor off white – the Wimbledon official website has laid out the details clearly!

Please note if the players have any color on their tennis whites, it cannot be any larger than a one centimeter trim.  Pretty sure this Monreal London neon fold over skirt (on sale right now) might just be acceptable!

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Just to be perfectly clear, that includes warm up jackets and headbands and shoes!  Nike might have to dial down the do-rag swoosh

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True story, at the Miami Open 2016 I came uncomfortably close to purchasing one of these – I convinced myself that for sure I could/would rock the do-rag in the burbs.


Note to self – less champagne booth time prior to shopping time at the tennis majors.

Back to Wimby Whites…

Nike’s pleated white “dress” was the talk of London’s grass courts, and not all of it good.  Nike’s Premiere Slam dress was very short, very breezy and very busy moving in ways that didn’t exactly please the tennis players.  Belts were added (not a good look FYI), alterations were made to close the side slits, leggings were worn underneath, and the media went banookies!


Actually other than Canadian Genie Bouchard, not one single player had a positive comment towards the dress.


Naturally reversecommuter fell completely in love with it (blissfully unaware of the brewhaha) and managed to buy it before it completely sold out in both black and white.  Guess not everyone hated it after all!

Fun fact – that’s tennis legend Cliff Drysdale reversecommuter is standing beside, and he even commented on the dress!

Thankfully, Stella McCartney for adidas has many less volatile pieces in her collection  Her gorgeous prime knit white dress is divine!

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Monreal London could also contribute to the Wimby white dress with their Finish Line dress

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Sadly the red visor and multicolored (fabulous) tennis bag might have to be left in the locker room.

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Alo Yoga’s Goddess Bra Top  has the very best back around and could single handedly wake up the English audience.  For post Wimbledon wear, the Goddess comes in a veritable rainbow of happy sexy colors!

Now if you will excuse me I need to charge my iPad/cel phone / laptop for the Olympics – imagine the shopping!

Bergdorfs Meets Lycra in the Burbs

Bergdorf’s in the burbs?  Dare to dream!

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First thought that popped into my head when I experienced LEGIT activewear, an online and retail boutique in Wellesley, MA, a suburb just west of Boston.


reversecommuter has been upfront honest about my dislike of the unimaginative yoga pants suburban mom uniform.  Legit is here to change it up.


Owner Lisa Goldberg (warning, she will instantly seem like your super fab sophisticated city girlfriend) single handedly tracks down the most intriguing design lines that will shake the lulu lemons right out of their tree!


LEGIT activewear is like the legitimizer of workout clothing.  Designer clothing for actual workouts…it is like the directions on how to wear lycra are found right in the name of the store.  Take what you worked out in off after the activity, but feel free to wear the gorgeous jackets, outerwear, cashmere, etc all day long.


Tennis lines such as Monreal London and Adidas by Stella McCartney, brilliant colors and the necessary tennis white all included.

Banging out those pre-marathon miles just got a whole lot sexier.  Leggings from Lucas High, Michi, Charli Cohen with mesh, neon, ribbing, cutouts, seriously these are the clothes that make you jump out of bed and want to hit the pavement!


Spinning class outfits just got so real you are going to ask them to keep the lights on so your outfit gets appropriate admiration time.  Snakeskin prints by Human Performance Engineering, and Ultracor’s Camo crops and leggings with a shock of brilliant yellow neon beg for a SoulCycle diva showdown extra long class!


Yoginis rejoice!  More Spritual Gangster than you thought possible and Out Incorporated’s mesh side leggings will make the most stylish zen bendy in town!


Pheel blends lycra with metaliics to deliver a superhero feel to any workout, and let’s face it, carving out time to workout is a superhero feat with our schedules ladies!


Cool down jackets and wraps from lines such as Nesh, Vimmia and Alala will make it imperative to run a couple of errands after your workout, too luxurious a statement not to make.


See you at the checkout line…or is that the now Chic-out line?

State of Emergency!

reversecommuter is not just talking about the blizzard of 2015…

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but rather which of the tennis outfits flaunted during the Australian Open will reversecommuter choose?!?!?!?

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deserted snowflakey Boston

adidas by Stella McCartney is an all time have of mine, and the Spring 2015 collection thus far is responsible for keeping this love affair going stronger than a January snowmageddon!  Spain’s Garbine Muguruza worked the new separates against Serena Williams.

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Nike is all about bright yellow, neon green and pink.

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Both Nadal and Serena were perfect models.  How fierce is that dress accompanying those muscles anyway?!?!?  The dress is not yet available through NIKE,  although the arms are attainable…at the gym!

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Sharapova’s daring red OZ nike dress with that fantastic open back has single handedly (and back handedly…teehee) answered the what to get for Valentine’s Day question!

 

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Twitter, Instagram and Facebook were all temporarily down today, but happily TennisExpress.com held strong and I was able to “in basket” like a tennis pro!

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Snow Love Set!

There is a winter weather advisory posted for reversecommuter’s suburb.  Champs anyone?  Bubbles really are the absolute perfect answer to any question or situation!

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Naturally that triggered an intense online retail therapy session, for tennis gear!

M34397_21_hover_modelYup, sleet and snow and freezing cold temps cannot stifle a fashion addict’s love of sport and sportswear!  How is that for a warm-up jacket?  Putting a real slice into the wardrobe!

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My current obsession is anything adidas by Stella McCartney creates.   Sporty, functional, unique and creative in design = “in basket”!!!   These tennis shorts offer the flair of a traditional skirt with the flexibility and sportiness of shorts – stellar offering Stella!

This dress was worn out at the U.S. Open, looks super cute on a multitude of body types and comes in earth hues that flatter every skin tone – like I said, “IN BASKET!!!!”

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Monreal London is a tennis line created by a fashion industry warrior, and is a line that reversecommuter is in absolute LOVE with (isn’t the tennis lingo SUPER fun to throw into sentences?).

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The sticker shock is real but the design and fabric selection is truly divine!

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Look at that jacket and skirt combo – that would absolutely have a positive impact on my serve!!!!!

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Pheel is another workout clothing label that would bring MAJOR PIZZAZZ to the court or the gym!  Speaking of snow and exercise and fabulous clothes – Leopard leggings would be THE cutest snow shoveling outfit ever…..

 

 

O.W.O. Sunset Edition

O.W.O. (one weekend outfit) is all about sunsets and rosè…and sweats.  Insert “HUH?” here.

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It is in reference to the launch of net-a-porter‘s net-a-SPORTER, a dedicated portal for all things sporty, be it golf, tennis, running, yoga and even apres-les-sportifs!

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reversecommuter has long been concerned about women trapped in the dreaded “I GAVE UP” yoga pant uniform.  Net-a-SPORTER is different.  It is a gorgeously selected group of designer pieces that make the sporty look look fab!  Designers include Laiin, Monreal London, Bodyism, Stella McCartney, Nike, Hey Jo etc.  Suffice it to say that the old fading yoga pants have had their day.

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Natalie Massenet and her troops can help clean up the world just a teeny tiny bit – in the same vein as reversecommuter aims to do on a daily basis – to remove one burnt out elastic yoga pant from one woman’s wardrobe.

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Don’t you just love it when your wine matches the sunset?  😉

 

 

More More More Proenza Schouler!

First Proenza Schouler spoke to a relatively intimate crowd at ICA Boston (as discussed here) then for a few VERY LUCKY individuals it was time for a private reception at Louis Boston.

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By the by, the dress with the back cut out is the runway version and I AM OBSESSED!!!!!!!!

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Once again the Boston goddess of all things fashionable, Debi Greenberg (owner of Louis Boston and patron saint / fairy godmother to incredible young designers such as Proenza Schouler, Jason Wu, Jonathan Simkhai etc – click the blue to read about each), knocked it out of the park & into the milky way!

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Let it be said here and now, I absolutely adore this woman and as I said to her at this event, I would MOVE if it weren’t for her because Boston would be severely fashion challenged!

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During the event at the ICA, Jack & Lazaro spoke at length about the exciting developments they have made with textiles, specifically at their mills in Italy, and leather is just one example of this.

Louis Boston’s Proenza Schouler $15,000 leather tweed jacket (literally leather woven into a tweed) just increased it’s value…immeasurably! 

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Lazaro Hernandez signed it!!!

jkt1Another UBER cool moment came when Lazaro gave up the details on his ink.  Apparently he and Jack have matching tramp stamps behind the ear – some fantastic hung over Sunday morning decision.  Um, how ridiculously adorable anyway??!?!?!

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Considering my day didn’t start off particularly well (I got hit in the face with a tennis racket – ouch!) the evening was extra special fantastic and ridiculously fashionable!!!!

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