Let’s probably call it double standards, but the female athletes are under way more pressure than their male counterparts to look their best at all times. Gone are the days when athletes from the world of sports used to get dressed in the dark each morning. In this day and age, it seems like sexy sports sirens spend more time in the front rows at fashion weeks than on their locker room bench (pun intended). Sports and women have a more intrinsic connection than we think. And this year has been extra special, courtesy all the haute couture and retro-inspired designs that have offered a breathtaking experience for all sports fans.
So, here are some of the best-dressed female athletes of 2017 who probably kick everyone’s asses when it comes to making headlines with their style sense off the field.
Sania Mirza – Indian tennis player
Does she even need an introduction? Currently the world’s no.1 in women’s doubles rankings, Sania is probably the highest paid and high-profile athletes of the country. There’s something about her charismatic beauty, passionate personality and bang-on sartorial choices that make her ace everything she wears—Indian or western. Whether it’s celebrity talk shows, walking on the ramp, red carpet events or being the brand ambassador of top brands, the woman has got the world at her feet. A fashion risk-taker at heart, Sania stunned everyone with her metallic pantsuit look at the Indian Sports Honours 2017 and her emerald number at the much-publicised wedding of ace Indian cricketer Zaheer Khan. In one of her interviews she said, “The joke in the family is that even if I don’t come back with a trophy, I’ll definitely come back with a new pair of shoes.” That pretty much sums up her glamorous personality and love of all things fashion.
Maria Sharapova – Russian tennis player
We’re not sure if this woman can ever not make it to the glamour list of athletes. When she’s not busy looking sweltering hot on the field, Sharapova opts for simple but stylish pieces with clean lines and muted colors. For her red carpet looks, she has an affinity for bold, unconventional pieces that match up with her 6’2″ frame. The model-athlete has been lately channelising her elusive style of casual cool street and acing all her fashion outings. Whether it was the Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2017 or the Oscars Red Carpet 2017, this bona fide global superstar is a regular at the Fashion Week and ESPYs and has been slaying it at parties around the world.
Sharmila Nicollet – Indo French golfer
Do you remember this unmissable leggy lass who is the youngest Indian golfer to qualify for the Ladies European Tour? We bet, you do! She may easily get mistaken for a supermodel but Sharmila remains to be a talented female Indian golfer who has a total of 11 wins in the Women’s Golf Association of India tour. She has a way of letting her fans connect with her off-field sophisticated style and loves to flaunt her stunning collection of gladiator sandals. With her favourite fashion brand being Versace, she is often spotted in comfy spaghetti tops and torn denim. Women’s golf has never had a more fashionable and empowering ambassador.
Skylar Diggins Smith – American basketball player | Dallas Wings
Skylar Diggins’ style is tomboy chic and she always opts for comfortable pieces like athletic wear, jeans, or a blazer. And when she shows up for special occasions, she’s often seen in dresses and elegant heels. Everything she wears is sleek and sophisticated, and she easily transforms from glam to edgy, athleisure looks. Skylar’s headband might have become her signature (and superstition factor) look on the court, but the hottie who looks like a movie star, loves to play with fashion and seems to have found her creative voice this year.
Dipika Pallikal – Indian squash player
Pallikal’s off-duty style can be described as casual and easygoing. Her killer instinct and unmatchable aggression to win is perhaps reserved only for her matches on the squash courts. Being the first Indian to break into the top 10 WSA rankings, the gorgeous young lady is the recipient of the prestigious Arjuna and Padma Shri Award, becoming a prominent face of the Indian Squash at the tender age of 22. Thanks to her glamorous personality and beautiful eyes, she also happens to feature in the list of the most beautiful Indian sportswomen. With a knack for fashion, Dipika has also featured on the cover of several style magazines.