Last week I headed to the ASB Classic. I’ve always loved watching Tennis on TV but this would be my first time actually watching it live.
I freaked out a little because I knew that attending the Tennis had a certain ‘air’ about it and I didn’t want to be under or over dressed for such an occasion. I wanted to dress comfortably, but with enough chic, be covered enough for sunshine, exposed enough for Summer. And to top off all those requirements, I was attending primarily to be the coin tosser for the semi-final match and I had to wear flat, non-marking soled shoes to do the honours. I was given the choice of the Women’s or Men’s semi-final and chose Women because I (like the rest of the fans) was super excited to possibly meet either Venus or Serena.
I took my mini-me to do a spot of shopping at Farmers. I chose Farmers because I love options and the number of brands, styles and options under one roof means I don’t have to traipse from store to store trying and comparing. Everything is right there, you can take as many items as you want in to generously sized changing rooms and everything is really very reasonably priced.
With my seven year old’s assistance, I selected and tried on no less than twenty options. After some umming and ahhhhhing, I bought a dress and headed home. A couple of days later I felt like I really needed another option so perused the Farmers website, took screen shots of a bunch of items I’d missed first time round and headed back in-store, this time alone, for another session of try-ons. I tried on another twenty or so options (because there really are so many) and came away with another complete outfit.
If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen my shout-out for advice on which one to wear on the day. The overwhelming feedback was for Option 2. I gave my man the chance to weigh in too since he was my +1 (and he likes to be involved in these things). Without telling him what the feedback had been, he also chose Option 2 which was the Zest Weekender Spot Print Shorts and the Whistle Bow Back Top. Together they totally fit my brief. Classic, classy, comfortable and chic. Tick tick.
I realise, as I mentioned on my Insta-story, that when I shop nowadays, my primary focus is finding outfits or garments that hide my tummy – even if they are unflattering elsewhere. The tunic I chose, which I still love by the way, husband told me was very unflattering. I was like “Huh? What do you mean? It looks great! (because it hides my mum-tum)”. Funny how others don’t necessarily see what we see.
On Friday afternoon we dropped the kids to the ferry to head off early to Waiheke with the grandparents and caught an Uber up to Stanley Street. We sipped on bubbles in the ASB Treehouse and munched on delicious food before heading down to our seats in the Robinson stand. I was super nervous about my coin-tossing but I had been practicing so when it came time to step on court, I was pretty chilled. Unfortunately as you will be aware, neither Venus nor Serena were there to greet me, but alas, it was still a wonderful experience.
Never one to voluntarily wear flats when we all know heels show off legs better, I packed flats for court time and kept my trusty NiKKi sandals on for the remainder of the day.
My favourite NiKKi Sandals from Frankie4Footwear were the perfect complement to either of these outfits. I hand on heart can tell you that these are the most comfortable heels I have ever worn and to have problem feet like mine and finally find footwear that allows me style and sass again is like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! Having to remove them for the court appearance was made all the more painful because I was totally dwarfed by these two athletes with my flats on!
Are you heading to the tennis this week? Did you go already? What did you wear?
* this post was made possible thanks to Farmers.