Venus Williams Shares the Inspiration Behind Her 2016 U.S. Open Outfit


The Williams sisters are known as much for style as their incomparable athletic prowess. So every summer, like clockwork, we await the grand reveal of their respective U.S. Open outfits—and just like years past, the fashionable duo has delivered. We got the exclusive scoop on Venus’s getup for her 2016 tour: a multicolor print dress by her brand, EleVen (naturally).

The so-called Chela Dress ($ 98;, pictured above and below, is an A-line style made with EleVen’s signature Pro-Dri moisture-wicking fabric, which engulfs sweat and offers extra breathability (you know, for those impossible-to-get-to drop shots). It also features a form-flattering cobalt piping across the bodice.

Venus Williams in EleVen

Craig Ambrosio

“It’s inspired by a prism of light,” Williams recently told InStyle of the look. “When you look through a prism, you see a ton of fun colors—and we love colorful prints. Life is filled with color, so we always make sure to have a lot of color in our collection.”

As for her sister’s ensemble? “I don’t know what Serena’s wearing—it will be a surprise to me too!” (Ultimately, Venus’s younger sister opted for a black and pink Nike tennis dress.)


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