Vogue: Maria Sharapova Serves Up Her Style Secrets, On and Off Court
By Edward Barsamian
“I find myself mixing it up more and more,” says Maria Sharapova of her fashion choices. “I’m being a bit bold with pattern!” And while earlier this week saw her in a feminine, lace frock, the world’s number two–ranked tennis player has many opportunities to show off her new sense of style as she prepares for next week’s tournament.
“For the US Open, I’m going with a sleek black look,” says Sharapova. “I love to experiment with my activewear choices, but I’m also heavily influenced by the culture of each tournament’s host city.” When that host city is New York City, this means lots of dresses and separates in a neutral palette of black-and-white incorporating interesting shapes or motifs. “I find myself gravitating toward black pieces that are chic, modern, and even a little bit fierce,” notes the 28-year-old athlete. Her dresses for the evening matches look fit to go straight from the court to celebratory cocktails afterward. “I love that activewear is now embracing ready-to-wear influences and vice versa,” she says. “I want to feel confident in any clothes I choose, and on court I want zero distractions.”
Off court, Sharapova has recently been spotted wearing flirty frocks from the likes of Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, and Valentino. “Clean, simple lines and a sophisticated, powerful feel are the type of dresses I prefer,” says Sharapova, explaining that she’s recently switched how she shops. “I like to invest in key staples; I just got a new pair of white Current/Elliot jeans and a black Isabel Marant jumpsuit.” When it comes to accessories, she keeps things simple—not a tennis bracelet, per se, but just as streamlined: “I love my TAG Heuer Aquaracer watch and my Jennifer Meyer studs—the horseshoes are my favorite!”
After the Open, Sharapova is keeping a jet-set schedule, traveling to promote her Sugarpova line—there’s a pop-up at Bloomingdale’s through September 14, for instance—and she’ll be gearing up for the first Maria Sharapova & Friends tournament presented by Porsche and taking place in December at UCLA. “It’s a celebratory moment for me, but also prep for the 2016 Australian Open,” she says. “There are great players that will join me including Kei Nishikori, Madison Keys, Laura Robson, plus Karlie Kloss and Chelsea Handler who will add to the fun!” And as for her outfit for the big day? Like her strong serve, Sharapova’s sartorial ace is just as powerful. “An all-black look,” she says, “is a statement no matter where it’s worn.”