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  1. Cindysphinx

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    Most everything. Only the most pale colors look a little funny, but I don't buy pale colors!

    How come the rest of you ladies shun black shoes? I think they look fierce.
     
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    I love black. Tops. Bottoms. Socks. Shoes.

    Wish I had some tenny pumps in that color scheme. But most of the LaDeDa clubs around here eschew dark colored soles cause they mark up the joint.

    And...I'm also a chick of the south. White from Memorial to Labor Day. Fortunately, that coincides with most of my tennis seasons.

    On the shoe front, BTW, I actually play in some Avia Walkers. Bought some on a mega-clearance years ago and, even though I've tried some much more expensive replacements, find myself seeking out my tried-n-trues. Even to the point of ordering them "closeout" from some liquidating dept store in a state far south of here. I've learned. If I like 'em, I love 'em, and I go back and buy as many as they have...in my size. :p
     
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    So I have a question. If I want to a dress from TW but I'm not sure what it will look like do I purchase it then once they send it to me IF it doesn't work on me I send it back am I refunded? Do I just pay for shipping? How does this work? :)
     
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    We offer free return shipping with every order. If you buy a dress and you don't like how it fits, you can use the return shipping label that's included with your package to return it to us free of charge. You can either exchange it for another item/size or get your money refunded. Let me know if you have any other questions.

    Thanks,
    Tiffani, TW
     
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    awesome thanks! :)
     
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    I was a Boast rep in its heyday '79, '80+'84-'85. We had just about every college team in the Southeast or so it seemed :) . I had a great-looking personal wardrobe of golf slacks and more pique shirts than I could count! The store staff always knew who was calling when I walked through the door! The good old days!!! I have one pair of navy shorts to wear with a plain white shirt for 'throwback' days on the courts!

    For the youngsters, it's a JAPANESE MAPLE LEAF! ;)

    BTW, I was a TAIL rep at the same time. Absolutely gorgeous line! A pleasure to work with the North Miami group...Cheryl, Andy et al. Wow! That was another lifetime!
     
  7. Cindysphinx

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    Hey, give 'em a message for me, will ya?

    No more jumping the shark, please. Just keep doing those well-constructed, slimming clothes in pleasing colors and quality fabrics, and I will keep sending Tail my money.

    It's like how a stylist advises women about jewelry: Put on the right amount of jewelry and then take off one piece. And so it is with tennis clothing: Design it, and then remove one feature.

    Cindy -- who feels funny mentioning her frustration with shelf bras to "coachrick" ;)
     
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    Ah, yes...shelf bras, modesty panels, speedback, racerback, f-a-ggoting stitch, nylon cire'...I got a million of 'em! :) I also sold Arena swimwear briefly(was that a pun?); so, no need to be bashful about athletic apparel.

    Tail was an absolute classic, family owned and American made for a long time. I'm sure much has changed since I repped for them in the mid-'80s. The owners' kids were the junior models for a few years...I would imagine they were used for the adult line when they grew up. There was even a men's line, TFM=Tail For Men...pretty nice stuff back then. I could squeeze into my samples(barely), so I always got a new warm-up suit or two each season. The ladies' samples were in 7/8 and I had folks begging for them at the end of each selling season. Each color group had a skirt, short, skort, golf skirt, golf short, sleeveless, cap sleeve and short sleeve. About a half-dozen groups each season were hot, with 1 or 2 'so-so' groups. Thorlo used to get the color swatches in time to offer matching socks each season. Those were fun times!
     
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    It is very pretty in person, keep an eye out, these things pop up at the strangest times.

    J
     
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    This looks like something to clean the house in.
     
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    The first thing that occurred to me is that this is what you should wear when serving food at a festive outdoor cocktail party.
     
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    Love it on her, though I bet Adidas would love her to take a little more interest in her hair. She is a pretty girl, but that straight-back style makes her look so severe!
     
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    She has to keep her hair out of her face. When your hair is not long enough for a ponytail, you have to pin it back with clips. I think she's more concerned with being able to play tennis without hair in her eyes & face than how her hair looks.
     
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    Well, no ****, lol. I happen to have hair also, like pretty much every other woman who posts on this board. I thought it would be obvious that there are many options for keeping it out of your face, but I guess not. And if she's being paid to wear someone's clothing on the court (and, one would assume, to look good in it), she ought to give it half a thought.
     
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    If Flavia is like me, a single strand of hair across the eyes during play will be a loss of point!

    I always wonder whether the female players care how they look on the court. Like, Justine Henin. Seems to have no interest in wearing anything nice. If I were a pro, I would definitely be more like Sharapova/Woz. I would want to look my best from head to toe.
     
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    I'm the same way. I have short hair, but when it was medium length I had to put all kinds of clips in it to keep it out of my face. I know it didn't look great, but who cares on the tennis court.

    It's not about looks, it's about performance. :confused: Looking perfectly dressed and coiffed shouldn't be the focus in a sport. Most of the women I play with played other sports, and none of us worry too much about how we are dressed, whether we have the latest fashions, etc. Most of us wear basic tops and skirts. Tennis is a sport, not a beauty contest or fashion show. Everyone knows our hair and makeup will look different off the court, so what's the big deal?
     
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    Please - this entire thread has been about tennis clothes and how we look in them. Give me a break! I'm wondering what the big deal is about mentioning that a player could use a better hairstyle - who knew that the subject of Panetta's hair was sacrosanct! Maybe you don't care how you look on the court, and that is just fine. I'm going to hazard a guess that no major apparel line is paying you to represent them on court, either. I'm not overly preoccupied with tennis clothing myself, as anyone could see if they took a look at my dingy shoes or ripped-up bag. But let's not try to pretend that most people don't care to some degree. Most clubs care, which is why they have rules about it - some quite stringent. Tennis fashion keeps TW in business, and the sports fashion industry's money keeps those logos prominently displayed on tour and on the city courts.
     
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    I tend to think that Justine is a little bit clueless and completely indifferent to the way she looks on court. She seems to have no self-consciousness about it whatsoever - especially with regard to the aforementioned "headlights" issue. She doesn't do Adidas any favors, and their clothes don't do anything for her, either. I always wondered why her clothing sponsor didn't help her/compel her to find a better sports bra - just like I wondered by Fila kept making Capriati wear straight skirts and short tops.

    I wonder how much detail is written into these contracts (for the players who aren't Sharapova, Serena, or Woz) - do the players get to choose from one or two lines each season, or is it more like they are told to "wear one of these three outfits"?
     
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    Most of the thread is about how tennis clothes fit and perform. The info about the way dresses and various lines fit has been helpful for ordering online since we can’t try the clothes on.

    Frankly, I thought that your comment about Panetta’s “hairstyle” was a bit odd. Using clips to keep hair out of your face for sports is not a “hairstyle”. It’s simply keeping hair out of your face by whatever means necessary in order to concentrate on your performance. I imagine Panetta got to where she is by worrying more about seeing the tennis ball than how her hair looks in clips.
     
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    Well . . . I wouldn't say we are limited to fit and performance. I mean, I have no idea how that pink and white Tail dress fits of performs. I just know it is unattractive.

    I think the reason Penetta looks a bit odd with her hair style is that most players use a bandana, hat or visor to control the hair, so they don't have the hair pulled completely away from the face thing going on.

    I think she looks fine, but I may be biased because I will sometimes go with a ponytail with every single strand of my hair pulled back. My kids call it my "Cue Ball Look."

    [edit: And while we're on the subject, some of the men appear to do a fair amount of primping too. Look at Nadal in his capris pants -- which clearly were all about style, not function. There's Verdasco in his faux hawk hair, Monfils in his dreadlocks. Dustin Brown is clearly making a fashion statement with his 10 pounds of gorgeous braids. Federer didn't look interested in function when he wore that tuxedo look for the US Open or his heavily styled Wimby garb. I think the sport needs more fashion, not less!]
     
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    Well, the post started mostly about fit & performance. Like your tip on Bolle compression shorts and the fact that they don't bind at the waist and ride up. I'm so glad I tried those and bought several. And there were several comments about certain lines running smaller, larger, longer, shorter, etc.

    I have to admit that I'm shocked at how much men are "primping" these days. I don't even know what to say about it. I'm seeing men with plucked & shaped eyebrows. I guess that means I'm getting old when I see these things and think "what is the world coming to....."
     
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    Yes, men do primp a lot these days. I was getting a manicure recently, and the chair next to me had a dude in it.

    Nothing wrong with that, of course. It does make us older gals do a double-take though! :)

    Cindy -- who should probably do a lot more primping!
     
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    As a male fan of tennis dresses (and nice tennis sweaters, too, by the way; used to have a really nice heavy wool one and would love to find another like it), this is one of my favorite TW threads. Cindy, I'm just like Justine Henin, and don't "primp." (And her hard stare generally makes me feel like I'd like to be anywhere else than on a tennis court with her, she just has this "knock you down in the alley" thing going).

    At any rate, it's good to see the options out there for tennis dresses. These can be pretty elegant things.
     
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    Indeed...I'm old enough to remember the Hampton Court Knits line of dresses and sweaters from the '70s. Absolutely gorgeous! It took the right body to wear them and it was best if you didn't sweat a whole bunch :) .

    While I'm looking back, the velour warm-ups and one-piece jump suits of the early '80s were fantastic. Looked great and felt pretty darned good(if you were lucky enough to get that close to one :) ). Sold one from the shop to a young lady who came in wearing party/dance attire but needed something for that evening(she had been up all night and was headed back out). Said she had been and was going to hang with some guy named Jon Bon Jovi while his concert was in town. Ah, yes...Atlanta in the '80s ! ;)
     
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    I think that Flavia Pennetta's hair choice has more to do with the fact that she has fine hair and sweats profusely- more than many of the other players.

    As someone who also has this combo of features, I can report that it's difficult to maintain the cute and voluminously pinned back look.
     
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    I have very fine hair, too, and I have trouble even keeping it in barrettes. It's just too "slippery," and my hair is too short for a ponytail. If I do use barrettes, I wear a visor, which holds the barrettes down and also helps reduce glare (I'm farsighted and have to wear my glasses). Off-court photos of Pannetta show her hair looking both fine and thin, which makes it even harder. Maybe she just can't stand to wear a hat or visor, but I would think it would help keep the sweat off of the face and the hair out of the way. She pulls her hair back so tight, it looks painful to me. I would have an instant headache!

    Okay, that is much more of my life than I ever planned to spend examining someone's hair. Moving on!
     
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    Just to torture everyone and keep this going . . .

    I notice that Woz has shifted from long, unrestrained hair to a pony tail, something she adopted during the windy US Open and seems to have continued.

    :)
     
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    Speaking of Woz, did anyone ever end up trying on that Stella McCartney dress?
     
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    Could be medical reasons too. Diabetics are often advised to get their nails cut professionally to reduce chances of bleeding.
     
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    I'm not that brave!
     
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    I had it in my hands, but didn't try it on. The fabric was...odd. A friend of mine tried it on, and it was pretty awesome. Not my style though...I would feel weird playing in it. I don't often wear the dresses I do have as it is.

    Anybody ever get pony-tail headaches?
     
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    I got the dress in both colors and absolutely love them. The bust area fits really tight but does stretch out a little so I don't feel like I need to be double jointed in my shoulders to take them off. Unfortunately, the dress doesn't help me play like Woz. :)
     
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    krug -- did you purchase a size larger than you usually wear?
     
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    I had to go 2 sizes up in this dress, and all my friends said the same thing. I usually get XS or S in this line, but there was no way in heck that I could ever fit into XS or S in this dress. All the other tops and bottom were okay, though. The fabric did stretch out a little after a couple of outings, and I really like the fabric.
     
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    I too am small/xs -- did you order the medium? also, did you order the underwear/bra to go with it, or do you wear what you had already?
     
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    Yes!

    And while we're hijacked, momentarily, on head/hair fashions, I'll continue on. Earlier this year, I cut 12+ inches of my hair (and donated it :) )....and while I loved the "cut," it wasn't quite long enough for a ponytail. And man, those fly-away bangs drove me crazy. Since I can't stand playing in a visor (it interferes with my toss), I searched around for a solution. For awhile, I tried just barrettes for the strays but they invariably came out. Tried one of those big, stretchy bands that all the volleyball and softball gals seem to wear. They worked, kind of, but didn't look very good at all. I'm not the vain type...but they gave me that geek-look that I've been trying all my life to get rid of. Ha.

    Now, my hair is long enough again and my girls have fun picking out the funky colored scrunchies and rubber bands I use.
     
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    One word ladies....hairspray. I use a visor during the day but when I'm indoors or at night outdoors I use the hell out of some hairspray. Tresemme Extra hold is glorious. My hair didn't move lol. Yes the top of my hair looked like it was wet and I have to wash it after but it works :)
     
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    OK, I'll wander off topic and tell you my hair solution.

    I wear all-black bandannas purchased from those military supply stores or craft stores. They work just as well as the ones from sportswear manufacturers, but they cost $2 instead of $15. So I have a ponytail, and I decide how much bangs I can tolerate hanging over the top of the bandanna, using clips to hold back the excess that's long enough to get into my eyes.

    Funny story. I was getting ready to take the court for a mixed match, and I had a clip in my hair near the bandana. A teammate asked me for a clip. I normally have a few extras, but I didn't (because she had borrowed them in the past and hadn't returned them). So she says, "Well, just give me that one you're wearing."

    Uh no. I think not. Some people have issues with boundaries!
     
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    I would love to try it on, but I know I wouldn't keep it. I already have the Nike Lawn Dress
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    and an old, black Sharapova dress that's kind of fancy. The Stella McCartney Woz dress would be hard to justify, even though it's lovely.

    I love the pretty dresses, but there are some days when I just want to schlub in an old pair of shorts.
     
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    Not a bandanna! NO!!!! Please tell me you don't! LOL
     
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    I have very long, very thick hair, no bangs. I usually just stick with the ponytail, and sometimes only pull it partly through (see avatar), but as it gets longer, that just pulls and gives me a headache. As it is, the ponytail won't stay unless I have two bands around it, and I even broke one the other day! I was trying to get my hair long enough to donate, but I'm not sure I'm going to make it!

    Those cute elastic headbands some people wear never work for me...I've tried a ton of them. They always make me feel like my brains are being squished and eventually...I get another headache!

    Unless...it is tennis giving me the headache???

    NAWWW!
     
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    This is the first time since college that I've had enough hair for a ponytail. (let's NOT do the math).

    It looks pretty dreadful...not a long flowy thing but more like the scruffy tail of some poor critter. The problem is I put zero effort into fixing my hair before tennis. I've seen ladies with beautifully curled hair pulled back neatly with the strands wrapped around to hide the hair elastic. I'm more of a grab it, stuff it, pin it out of the way kind of gal.

    However, I am fortunate in that I can pull out the bands post-match, give my head a shake and... Voila! My hair looks great.:)
     
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    Bar Rafaeli wore this dress at a nike event in nyc this summer just before the us open, and it looked awful on her (frumpy, lumpy). If it doesn't look good on Bar Rafaeli...

    (I have not had luck with the fit of the serena line in general.)
     
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    Hey! What's wrong with a bandanna? It's all black. I think it makes me look like a tough guy. Bandannas are *hot!*

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    Beware. I haven't tried this one, but I tried the one Azarenka wore when she collapsed at the US Open. The shoulders are very broad in these dresses, so the straps (in a medium) did not stay on my shoulders. They are also disturbingly tight in the abdomen. They also require a good-size chest to fill up, something at which I fail miserably.
     
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    Yeah reeeaaallll hot.....

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    :)
     
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    I think it might not photograph well, it's cute in person. The midsection is definitely tight and forced me to invest in a seamless set of compression shorts to wear underneath.

    In spite of having a body that doesn't remotely resemble Serena's, I have had good luck with her dresses. Maybe they work well with broad shoulders? Short waists? The wide set straps have never been an issue for me.
     
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    The black Stella Woz dress, in my opinion, looks horrid on women with no curves.
     

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