The humble tennis dress has moved far beyond its beginnings as sportswear, becoming an icon of British fashion in the 20th century. While the Fred Perry classics still rule supreme, there's room for a lookalike style while you save your pennies.
This Polo Dress from New Look is a simple but effective copy of the style, providing an ideal casual option for fans of mod/two-tone crossover looks. With contrasting coloured piping on the collar, sleeves and embroidered badge, this might not have the quality and durability of the designer inspiration, but at this price it'll be forgiven.
It's available now from New Look for £12.99.
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The English summer is synonymous with all sorts of genteel sporting pursuits and this Wooden Rounders Set will allow you to indulge in one of the finest.
If you can muster 12 people you won't pass a more enjoyable afternoon than harking back to your schooldays for a round of this traditional English game, somewhat akin to baseball.
The set contains all you need – the wooden bat, soft ball, four posts to mark out your pitch and instructions in case you're new to the game or need to remind yourself of the rules. It comes in a rather nice gift box and you also get a handy cotton bag for keeping all the bits together.
It costs £19.99 from dotcomgiftshop here.
Interior design company Turner Pocock has joined forces with artist Catherine Cazalet and together they have produced some fantastic wallpapers including this Cricket wallpaper from their English Sports series.
The design consists of a very simple drawing of a bat and ball, but arranged so as to create a pleasing geometric pattern. It is available in the natural colourway pictured here with a cream bat and a red ball or with white outlines on a teal background. Tribute is played to tennis in a similar style.
The wallpaper is available to buy from Turner Pocock Cazalet, priced £60 + VAT per roll.
To coincide with the 50th anniversary of his Olympic Gold Medal, Proud Chelsea hosts the exhibition Muhammad Ali: The Champ.
The exhibition consists of photographs taken by photojournalist Michael Gaffney, who was determined to photograph the boxing legend after regretting never having the opportunity to photograph Elvis before he died. What initially began as a two week assignment became a year long project when a friendship developed between the two men and Gaffney was given unparalleled access. The resulting photographs capture the spirit of the man both in the ring and in private.
The exhibition runs until 3rd October at Proud Chelsea in London. For further information visit the Proud website.
It's pretty hard to escape the rash of football inspired products at the moment. Here's an original piece of artwork that looks back to the 1966 World Cup, made by Wall Envy.
Wall Envy are the people behind the vintage French wall art we featured a while back. It uses the same idea: the words in this case being the names of the players in the 66 England World Cup squad. Like the other piece of artwork, the names are also illustrated onto a page from an old dictionary. However, in this piece – to help you recall that long forgotten taste of victory – the dictionary used is German.
The piece costs £13.
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Though we've featured hundreds of trainers and items of clothing that draw on the rich heritage of tennis, it's hard to think of its influence on home wares. Well, all that could change with this Tennis wallpaper from Turner Pocock Cazalet.
The wallpaper uses a repeat design of tennis bats and balls in the classic colours of white and green, of course featuring the yellow balls too. There's a close-up of the pattern over the page. Although it's a very unusual design, it recalls novelty patterns of the 1920s and 30s.
If you like the idea but not the game featured, they've also created a wallpaper featuring that other classic British sport – cricket.
Also available in more neutral vintage colour way, a roll costs £70.50.
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