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The Top 10 Most Stylish Female Athletes


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Venus & Serena Williams | Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Last week, we counted down the Top 10 Most Stylish Male Athletes. I love a man who takes pride in his appearance, even when his good looks, talent, and well –contracts and endorsements worth millions — make having a stylish ensemble the last thing a typical person would focus on. It’s really cool to just have an awesome sense of fashion for the sake of genuine interest, you know?

This week, however, I thought it would be fun to count down the Top 10 Most Stylish Female Athletes. These ladies are all strong, beautiful, classy, comfortable in their own skin, and make great role models both in their fields and on the red carpet. Let’s dive right in!

10. Michelle Wie

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Michelle Wie stunned the world when she qualified for the USGA Amateur Championship at the age of ten. Before she turned 16, Michelle went pro and has held her own, even when competing in male events. Now, with dozens of endorsements and golf accolades under her belt, it doesn’t look like the Big Wiesy is going to slow down any time soon.

Standing at 6’1″, Michelle is known for her preppy style both on and off the golf course. As a Nike spokesperson, Michelle rocks a straightforward, sporty look that’s unique to celebrities and pretty much any girl her age. Wie completely owns her head-to-toe Nike ensemble. You can tell that her main concern is having a great day on the fairway, and her clothes are an afterthought — but she still manages to always look chic and confident!

9. Gabby Douglas

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We all fell in love with Gabby Douglas and the rest of USA’s “Fierce Five” last summer, when the girls placed first as a team and Gabby won the gold medal for individual gymnastics. Now, with BET awards, dozens of magazine covers, endorsement deals, and a bestselling book under her belt, it seems like people can’t get enough of Gabby and her sweet, girly style.

Gabby is a fan of prints and patterns, girly dresses, high heels, ruffles, and pretty, shimmery make-up. We all remember the Fierce Five’s signature messy buns during the Olympics last year, but lately Gabby has swapped that look out for more polished ponytails and sleek layers framing her pretty face. Gabby is only 17 years old, and her style reflects that — in a good way! She always manages to look young and fresh, but still classy and appropriate for whatever event she’s attending.

8. Venus Williams

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Photo Credits: Pacific Coast News

Venus Williams is a legend in women’s sports not just for her athletic prowess, but also for her brave fight advocating gender equality in prize money for tennis tournaments, most notably Wimbledon. In 2006, Prime Minister Tony Blair publicly supported Williams’ thought-out and articulate arguments on the issue, and in 2007, she became the first woman to benefit from Wimbledon’s newly adopted “equal prize money” policy for winners. That’s one badass babe!

2007 was a huge year for Venus. Not only did she win Wimbledon, but she also earned an associate’s degree in fashion design from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Her fundamental understanding of fashion is easily apparent in her day-to-day ensembles. Venus’s style is sleek and practical, but she peppers each outfit with a healthy dose of glamour for a well-rounded, relatable look we can all appreciate.

7. Skylar Diggins

If you haven’t heard of Skylar Diggins yet, brace yourself–this gorgeous guard was the star of Notre Dame’s women’s basketball team, and now plays for the Tulsa Shock as the third pick in this year’s WNBA draft. Skylar’s so new to the pro-world that we couldn’t even license any pictures of her, although the above video does showcase her one-of-a-kind style.

Skylar was a star way before she went pro, though — hip-hop heavy weights like Lil Wayne, Waka Flocka Flame, and the Odd Future boys have all professed their love for her, she was one of the first females to sign with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation sports agency, and many sports commentators believe that she has the star power to completely change the perception and excitement surrounding the entire WNBA.

I love Skylar Diggins because she has the ability to infuse every outfit–even her basketball uniform–with girly glamour. She’s said in interviews that her favorite pre-game rituals are to paint her fingernails and pluck her eyebrows. At red carpet events, Skylar’s known to wear body-con dresses, chandelier earrings, glamorous eye make-up, and spiky stilettos. A basketball star who also loves beauty products and fashion is my kind of woman. Ladies, keep your eye out for Skylar — we’ve got a future superstar on our hands!

6. Hope Solo

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Everyone’s favorite naughty goalkeeper is, without a doubt, Hope Solo. From being partnered with Maks on Dancing With The Stars, admitting to being drunk at her 2008 appearance on the Today Show, to winning the gold medal twice with USA’s women’s soccer team, there’s never a dull moment in the life of Hope Solo.

Hope’s girl-next-door style is what lands her the number six spot on our list. I love Hope because she dresses like the fun, athletic girl who lives in your hall and offers you workout tips. Her all-American style includes tons of denim, LBDs, riding boots, oversized bags, large sunglasses, and funky sandals. Her look is simple and classic, but never boring.

5. Lindsay Vonn

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Champion skier Lindsay Vonn has been at the top of her athletic game for over a decade now, but has caught the attention of gossip magazines and entertainment television lately because of her romance with bad boy golfer Tiger Woods. I’ll be honest, a few months ago, I couldn’t pick Lindsay out of a line-up…but the more I see her on E! News, the more I realize how stunning, tasteful, and chic she is!

With classic features and a bangin’ body, Lindsay Vonn could pretty much wear a potato sack and still look beautiful. However, she blows the competition out of the water by showing up for red carpet events in high-end designer dresses, girly earrings, and tall stiletto heels. She loves dresses of all lengths cut close to her figure, and keeps her perfect blonde hair in simple hair-dos that help accent her face.

4. Maria Sharapova

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Maria Sharapova of Russia has been a mainstay both in the tennis and fashion worlds for nearly a decade. The number of titles she possesses is rivaled only by the number of endorsement deals to her name. Maria is the face of Tag Heuer, Tiffany, Cole Haan, and Nike, and has even started various clothing lines in both athletic wear and fashion. She designs purses and shoes for Cole Haan, and her signature pair of ballet flats are one of Cole Haan’s all-time best sellers!

Lace, sequins, tulle, and chiffon are the cornerstones of Maria Sharapova’s style. Her delicate, girly style paired with her stunning good looks, pointy high heel shoes, and flawless jewelry and make-up would have you mistaking her for a Victoria’s Secret model.

3. Alex Morgan

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When Alex Morgan isn’t too busy scoring soccer goals for Team USA, you can find her doing other typical activities that young people enjoy — shopping, enjoying nightlife, and attending fashion week with the Kardashians. Wait, what?

This Olympic gold medalist is known for her fashion-forward, artsy style. From the crazy wasp-nest hairstyle she rocked on the catwalk to her enviable handbag collection, Alex Morgan is great at looking young, urban, and on-trend. She’s been spotted in lens-less turquoise glasses, zebra striped jackets, leopard print shoes, and (as pictured above left) sequined dresses. Her daring style in the fashion world and on the soccer field makes her one of the most relevant female athletes today.

2. Danica Patrick

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NASCAR driver Danica Patrick is fearless. As the first woman to ever win the Sprint Cup Series pole, she posted the fastest qualifying lap for the Daytona 500 since 1990. There’s no women’s league when it comes to race car driving, so Danica competes solely with males. Although she’s yet to win a major race, I have high hopes for my girl Danica’s future.

Danica Patrick is the spokeswoman for several fashion houses, and it’s no wonder why. Her feminine style contrasts with her gritty line of work, which makes it all the more interesting. Danica is usually seen wearing mid-length dresses, statement jewelry, high heels, and her signature long brown hair is always wavy and cascading for red carpet events. Her gorgeous hair is almost always the focal point of her look, so she keeps her ensemble balanced by only rocking one or two eye-catching extras at a time.

1. Serena Williams

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Serena Williams will certainly go down in history as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, but her bold fashion choices earn her just as much attention as her athletics do. Venus might be the one with a degree in fashion, but Serena is the sister with the most pizazz. She’s known for wearing day-glo bright tennis outfits on the court. Serena once showed up for an important tennis match wearing a specially-designed denim skirt and knee-length athletic boots, and rocked a black Lyrca catsuit to 2002’s US Open!

When it comes to Serena’s red carpet looks, every single one of her outfits oozes with high-fashion glamour. Serena’s style is very sexy and very feminine. Her dresses are always form-fitting, and hug her curves in the right places. Serena’s hair is always perfectly styled, usually in long waves down her back. And, most notably, Serena never leaves the house without a stunning pair of high heels and the latest “it” bag. Her over-the-top glamour and penchant for haute couture lands her the number one spot on our countdown.


Who are your favorite female athletes? Who do you think has the best style? Do you watch many women’s sports? Did we leave off someone you love? Leave a comment and join in the conversation!

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18 Responses to “The Top 10 Most Stylish Female Athletes”

  1. 1
    July 11th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Look, I know this is a fashion blog, but it’d be nice if we could value women for their talents and abilities without having to discuss their beauty or style sometimes.

  2. 2
    July 11th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I completely disagree with the previous comment. Fashion is everywhere. We pay attention to what these women wear all the time. Some of us even try to copy their styles. The media goes crazy every time Serena wears something that is too tight or “provocative”. We already know that these women are talented. It does not hurt that they have a great taste in fashion also.

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    July 11th, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    @Ariana, if you’ll read the commentary about each athlete, you’ll see a summary of each woman’s accomplishments, as well as a little bit about their style. Try reading a bit more carefully next time ;)

  4. 4
    July 11th, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    I LOVE this post. Being an athlete myself, I always tend to dress more on the sporty side. I like seeing how big sports stars develop their own kind of style. So thank you!

  5. 5
    July 11th, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    You forgot McKayla Maroney!! Def. one of the most stylish athletes out there.

  6. 6
    July 11th, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    I love Tessa Virtue’s style, she’s the Canadian Olympic ice dancer and I love her outfits off the ice. Whenever she makes public appearances she’s always so well dressed.

  7. 7
    July 11th, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Not Ariana, but I feel the same way. Her point stands even though you mentioned their accomplishments. They’re not putting themselves out there as fashion icons but their fashion choices get scrutinized anyway just because they’re public figures and they’re women. But ultimately it’s a fashion blog so it doesn’t bother me as much to see that sort of thing here as it does when I see it in the news.

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    July 11th, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Disappointed to see Serena Williams featured as a role model given her recent slut shaming of rape victims. Otherwise great list, I love Hope Solo and would totally raid her wardrobe if I could.

  9. 9
    July 11th, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I agree with Ariana and Reema. Maybe this post just seems really ill-timed to me, considering how much appearance-based criticism Marion Bartoli has had to face recently. We may like to believe that these women are great athletes first and they just happen to have great style too, but when the two come into contradiction (Bartoli won Wimbledon, but many don’t consider her physically attractive or a good dresser–and they have made their feelings VERY well known! To the point of saying she didn’t deserve to win the completely unrelated athletic event) I think we see what many people REALLY value about these female athletes when it comes right down to it. And I’m not sure posts like these don’t reinforce that mindset. I guess I feel ambivalent because while Hollywood stars and politicians have specifically pursued a life in the public eye, for many professional athletes, this is an accidental happenstance. I know I wouldn’t want people scrutinizing my every fashion choice, and I am lucky enough to be pursuing a career in which that won’t happen!

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    July 11th, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    @ Reema and Elizabeth,

    While I definitely understand your points–I’m a business woman myself and would hate to be judged career-wise by anything other than my brain–I stand behind this post 100%. CollegeFashion is meant to be a light hearted place where girls who are interested in fashion can connect with other girls who want to discuss and read about fashion. This post was extremely positive. It embraces all different styles, body types, and ethnicities–along with every single other post that’s published here.

    CF is known for drawing inspiration from tons of different sources–from books to paintings, movies to songs. I see nothing wrong with giving a shout out to a few athletic girls whose style I admire. I completely agree that what is on the inside is WAY more important than what a girl wears on her body, but this post definitely isn’t to blame for perpetuate negative ways of thinking.

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    July 11th, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Gosh, you guys take things so seriously. Relax. It’s a fashion blog posting about…wait for it… fashion. Just calm down and read the content. Maybe drink some chocolate milk. Laugh a little. Stop making something out of nothing. I applaud the author for reflecting on these women’s styles in such a positive light while highlighting their accomplishments as well. Yeah, they’re athletes, this just points out they can dress as well. Has nothing to do with much else. Deep breaths guys.

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    July 11th, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    I find it kinda offensive that you only posted feminine presenting women on this post. I understand that this site is primarily young women, but not all of us are super girly. Brittany Griner has awesome style and so does Megan Rapinoe.

    You chose all incredibly done up and extremely girly women. I just wish you had gone more outside the stereotypical definition of ‘stylish’.

  13. 13
    July 11th, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    @K, I love Megan Rapinoe too! I totally would have included her if I could have made a longer list.

  14. 14
    July 12th, 2013 at 2:15 am

    I don’t have any problem with talking about female athletes and fashion at all, I think it makes sense. However, I do agree that you’ve stuck to women who dress in a traditionally feminine style. Plus, the timing is unfortunate considering the ugly things said about Marion Bartoli’s looks the other day.

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    July 14th, 2013 at 7:47 am

    why is everyone hating on this post?! It’s nothing but positive! Great job Chelsea, keep on doing what you do! :)

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    July 23rd, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    I love Hope Solo and Sharapova , Hope Solo is so stylish and enigmatic and Sharapova is so hot… great look for both…

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