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Sharapova follows mom's style rules

Maria Sharapova's approach to shopping is to buy long-lasting items.

The 27-year-old tennis star isn't just known for her racquet skills - she also makes an impact with her fashion choices away from the court.

She grew up in Russia before moving to America and remembers how blown away her mom Elena was when first browsing the clothes over there, picking some valuable pieces to add to her wardrobe.

"When my mother first came to the US, she couldn’t believe how many malls there were. We would go shopping – a lot. She would always pick out something soft and simple, in cream or beige," Maria recalled to The Edit. "I would say, ‘But what about these prints? They’re so exciting.’ And she’d say, ‘But I’ll have this one for a very long time.’ And now my aesthetic is the same. I love well-tailored basic pieces that I can put together in many different ways.”

Maria, who has collaborated with Nike for several collections, admits she finds it hard to shop as she travels so much with her career. When she does have time to purchase some new treats, the blonde beauty makes sure they are easy to pack and take with her on her journeys. Maria cites brands such as Isabel Marant, Raquel Allegra and Rick Owens as some of her favourite, edgier designers.

“I was away from April to July, and all I had was one suitcase. I bought one piece while I was away, a Céline coat, and it wasn’t the right time to wear it,” she added. “So by the time I came home, I was ready to drop off the entire case at Goodwill. That’s how my life is – I don’t go to events and borrow Alexander McQueen gowns every week. I’m dressing out of a suitcase.”

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