Bombshells: Tennis, Anyone?

I don't play, but I've always loved vintage tennis wear.  Tis the season for the US Open, so let's have a look at some highlights of the women's tennis costume from the last century. 

Fashionable History Tennis, Anyone Bobbins And Bombshells

Not sure how these ladies maneuvered the court but they look lovely! Turn of the century. 

Fashionable History Tennis, Anyone Bobbins And Bombshells

A tennis date in 1910. Takes courting to a new level. (haha?)

Fashionable History Tennis, Anyone Bobbins And Bombshells

These flappers have all the right accessories. 1920's. 

Fashionable History Tennis, Anyone Bobbins And Bombshells

I love this knit! I would wear it to work. Really. 1930's. 

Fashionable History Tennis, Anyone Bobbins And Bombshells

Jean Harlow glowing. 1930's. 

Fashionable History Tennis, Anyone Bobbins And Bombshells

Ginger Rogers. Adorable. You may notice that skirts lengths are getting shorter. 1940's.

Fashionable History Tennis, Anyone Bobbins And Bombshells

Rita Hayworth in what we would now call a sundress. 1940's. 

Fashionable History Tennis, Anyone Bobbins And Bombshells

Mid-Century model. Prints! A variation from the typical white. 

Fashionable History Tennis, Anyone Bobbins And Bombshells

Short and mod! Very Courréges or Pierre Cardin. 1960's. 

Fashionable History Tennis, Anyone Bobbins And Bombshells

Too cute to sweat in. Fred Perry. 1960's. 

What look is your favorite? Can you imagine playing in any of these looks?

Images via pinterest.


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Swimwear By Decade- 1930's

In the 1930's sun bathing became more popular as an inexpensive recreation. Athletic swimming and synchronized swimming was also popular. The suits reflect the need to show more skin to the sun and be more streamlined for water sports. Belted maillots were popular with boy cut legs or slim skirts. The exposed v-back was invented and a few daring ladies even exposed their midriffs with the first bikinis. The suits above are from a 1930's catalog. I love the red and white striped one on the right!

Jean Harlow striking a pose. Her suit is very glamorous for the time and shows a lot of skin.

Beach athletics. Notice her V-back and belted waist.

Claudette Colbert looking gorgeous in a simple white classic belted maillot.

This summer my "Fashionable History" segments are on swimwear by decade. To read about the 1920's click here.


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