It’s the time of year the tennis elite come to Melbourne and fans flock to town for two whole weeks in January!
This years event commences January 15th with our very own Ashleigh Barty ranking 17th in the world and other Aussie favourites such as Bernard Tomic, Nick Kyrios and Matthew Ebden taking centre stage.
Many are excited to see Federer, Nadal, Murray and Djokovic this year, and I love the women’s tennis with Serena and Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka on the top of my list for international players to watch!
The Australian Open is a very special event for Melbourne with the warm weather and spectator spirit bringing an exciting buzz and energy.
I have labelled Australian Open fashion as ‘Casual Glamour.’
There is a conservative tone to the tennis once you enter the courts, as you hush and take your seat you realise this is a serious game, which lends to a more sophisticated dress code than shorts and flip flops!
The Australian Open weather is hot, but leave the beachwear at home in favour of smart casual cool and always consider which area you will be attending as this will dictate your look.
Where the fun happens!
Style is casual, lightweight and comfortable as you won’t have a designated seat and may sit on the lawns and watch the big screen.
There are also lawnside bars and many fun activities to get involved with when holding a ground pass.
Melbourne weather can be unpredictable and there is very little shade or shelter so remember your hat, sunscreen and pack a poncho if the weather forecast says any chance of rain!
A great tote bag is essential, insect repellent, suncream, water bottle, poncho, sunhat and even a kaftan or pashmina is great to cover your shoulders or sit on.
Smart casual dresses, shorts with stylish tailoring, maxi dresses, sandals, wedges or sparkling sneakers are perfect for the event.
You may have bought a top seat, are a guest or a host of corporate seats but either way, you need to step up the glamour.
We often shop with clients looking to elevate their style for the event, they may be looking to dress up their professional attire for hosting a corporate box, or looking to wow with a fresh look.
For hosting, simple light pants or culottes and a blouse, a dress or skirt/top look that is not too evening cocktail.
For a more conservative look, white tailored pants and a blouse is a fresh corporate style.
Something simple and stylish can look dressed up with the right accessories and footwear, always making sure you present impeccably tidy.
Maxi-dresses and jumpsuits are huge this season and a perfect look for the tennis, especially with stylish wedges or embellished sandal.
You will be more sheltered underneath the retractable roofs, but remember to pack an extra light layer in your bag for any weather changes.
Keep your bag small as seats are tight and shuffling past people can be tricky!
Don’t forget to pack a marker just in case you bump into your favourite tennis star to sign your program!
If you need any help at all in preparing for the Australian Open or any other events while in town, please contact us to make an appointment.
Enjoy the Australian Open!