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Outlook 2012: Apparel — Center Court Stars

For 2012, fashion continues to shine as apparel makers use fabrications that are stylish and comfortable.

By Cynthia Sherman

If you think racquet and shoe technology has advanced, clothing has certainly caught up in many technical ways. Apparel manufacturers are in a race to see who has the best form of moisture-wicking, fabrication longevity and comfort, anti-microbial protection and UV shielding.

Color knows no bounds, either. Stand-out greens, vivid oranges, bold purples, sea blues and vestiges of bright pink fill the fashion horizon. All these technical features are complimented by lots of fashionable looks for the court and beyond.

Tail • 305-638-2650

Tail continues the color trend with eye-popping brights and classic color combos and styles. These combinations for Fall pair black with a splash of red for color blocking and contrast. Featured in performance mesh and jersey in 13.5-inch lengths that are short but dignified, they’re both comfortable and breathable.

Eliza Audley • 262-691-4770

Eliza Audley’s couture style continues its bold color-blocking with one of the hot color combinations of the year going into Fall: a sharp orange and pink on black in an updated Pucci-like pattern. Made of 90 percent micropoly and 10 percent spandex, it’s an ultra-fashionable, comfortable approach to net play.

Bolle • 301-362-0360

Bolle’s sharp Summer “High Voltage” look in graphite gray and white is accented in lime and pink. The fabric is a comfortable 92/8 polyester/spandex with wicking. The outfit on the left is a scoop-neck tank with a built-in bra. For those who wish to wear their own sports bra, the cap sleeve V-neck top is a perfect choice. Both skirts have internal shorts attached.

Fila • 410-773-3000

Fila sheds some light on what you’ll see its players wearing at the US Open in 2012. The men’s Collezione embossed crew neck top is a poly interlock and stretch micro-mesh with classic F box embroidered logo. The shirt features a curved hem and drop tail with mesh inserts at the side and under the arms for breathability, in Lava trimmed in an earthy Ombre tone. The Collezione pant finishes off this sophisticated pairing.

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Cynthia Sherman is a contributing editor for Tennis Industry magazine.



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