Thursday August 2nd, 2012

Colors at Wimbledon! That's been the selling point to the "Olympics at the All England Club" experiment and on the whole, it's been fun. With Wimbledon's "predominantly white" clothing rule thrown out the window, the players have taken to their country's colors as they forehand for gold. Nike has been pitch-perfect with its charges, Adidas has been outstanding for some (Great Britain) and asleep at the wheel for others (Ana Ivanovic in plain white?), and the smaller designers did some experimenting to varying levels of success.

Here are a few ensembles of note.

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SErena Williams olympics

Serena Williams: Clean, well-fitted, and oh so red, white and blue. What's not to like here? The subtle pattern makes it extra spiffy. Yes, that's a technical fashion term.

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Andy Murray: I will not lie. I am usually the first in line to make fun of some of the, uh, interesting choices Stella McCartney makes. But she nailed it with the entire Adidas line of gear for Team GB, particularly in how she incorporated the Union Jack into the pattern. Those Team GB wristbands are flying off the rack.

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John Isner: The only thing overtly American about this Lacoste gear is the star-spangled alligator on the left side of his chest. Leave it to the French to stifle our patriotic mojo.

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: Say this about Adidas' simple gear for France: It's good enough to withstand 25-23 in the third set. You know what they say: Fashion must be functional. Oh, nobody says that?

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Maria Sharapova: Love the crest on the hem and the gauzy layered skirt, too. It sure does make up for what she had to wear at the opening ceremony.

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Roger Federer: Same silhouette as his regular kits, but red with a zipper placket, and a Swiss flag. Sharp as always, Rog.

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Caroline Wozniacki: Is the baseball cap a permanent thing now? Might I suggest you bring the visor back, Caroline?

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Victoria Azarenka: There's nothing particularly special about Vika's Belarusian kit, but the colors look fantastic on her. More green on Vika please, Nike!

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Laura Robson and Heather Watson: Simple question: Why would you put the flag pattern ... there?

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Novak Djokovic: Considering Uniqlo didn't have too much time to put together a Serbian kit for Djokovic (he just signed with the company in May), I give it props for the subtle detail of putting the flag on his collar.

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Andy Roddick: AMURICA.

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What are your favorite (and least favorite) Olympic kits? Sound off in the comments.

(Note: All photos via Getty Images)

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