Venus Williams has her sport wardrobe all lined up

SAMANTHA CRITCHELL
The Associated Press
Modified: March 12, 2013 at 6:26 pm •  Published: March 12, 2013
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photo - This undated image released by EleVen By Venus Williams shows professional tennis player and fashion designer Venus Williams wearing a Blue Slice Tank from the EleVen By Venus Williams Summer 2013 collection available April 15 at select retailers, Country Clubs and Boutique tennis shops. (AP Photo/EleVen By Venus Williams)
This undated image released by EleVen By Venus Williams shows professional tennis player and fashion designer Venus Williams wearing a Blue Slice Tank from the EleVen By Venus Williams Summer 2013 collection available April 15 at select retailers, Country Clubs and Boutique tennis shops. (AP Photo/EleVen By Venus Williams)

Eventually, she'd like to take all of her tennis outfits — including the "grandma floral" skirt her mother made her for her first pro match when she was only 13 years old — and join them with the on-court wardrobe of her sister Serena for some sort of museum exhibit.

Williams, 32, says she absorbs trend reports and keeps her eye on the runways for ideas, but some things just don't translate to athletic clothes: the Victorian boudoir trend, for example. "Yeah, that one, with all the lace, didn't work for sport, and I'm not sure about menswear, either."

Designing EleVen has also made her more aware of what's in her closet, including a lot of white, black, green and floral prints. She steers pretty clear of purple and magenta, and it took her a while to warm up to red, orange and turquoise, but, Williams says, her collection can't be only her favorite colors and styles. "I'm loosening up."