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Frills attached

It’s surely frills that have doubled up the thrills of Australian Open tennis championships this year. From Victoria Azarenka to Nadia Petrova to our very own Sania Mirza, a number of tennis divas have upped the glam quotient of the sporting event by wearing bold frilly skirts.

fashion and trends Updated: Jan 22, 2011 02:18 IST
Shara Ashraf

It’s surely frills that have doubled up the thrills of Australian Open tennis championships this year. From Victoria Azarenka to Nadia Petrova to our very own Sania Mirza, a number of tennis divas have upped the glam quotient of the sporting event by wearing bold frilly skirts.

Says designer Urvashi Kaur, “It’s great that events, such as Australian Open allow tennis beauties to embrace bold designs. Why should we expect tennis divas to don only boring whites and drab cuts. It's exciting to see tennis players get experimental with designs and colours.”

The edgy and youthful styles may have glammed up the sporting event, but have not gone down too well with everyone's fashion sensibilities.

Designer Rina Dhaka says there’s no point in going over the top on the court. Dhaka says, “It’s like pushing fashion to an edge. It’s quite revolting. Frills tend to fly up a lot and expose your behind. When you wear such attires at an event where all eyes are glued to you, it shows all, leaving little to the imagination."

Venus William’s Alice in Wonderland-inspired yellow criss-cross top, paired with a psychedelic ruffled edge skirt has also drawn a lot of attention. “Kitschy needs to be done very intelligently. A skirt like William’s is in vogue, but needs to be toned down with a simple top,” says designer Mandira Wirk.

Frill it up right
1 Breeze freeze: Don’t wear a short frilly skirt on a breezy day. You certainly don’t want your behinds on display. An excess of frills and ruffles are for the babies.

2 Is it for me? Keep your body shape in mind. “A short frilly skirt does more harm than good to a bottom-heavy woman,” says Urvashi Kaur.

3 Avoid overdoze: Focus on one element at a time. "While showing off your sexy legs, it doesn't make sense to wear a deep neck top," says Rina Dhaka.

4 Accessorise right: A pair of hoop earrings and a small pendant is all that you need to jazz up the look.