Tennis season has arrived and everyone from pros to amateurs is flocking to the outdoor courts for a match – or for a #ootd photo. Lately, however, the tennis style has been fading from the court and inspiring us all to dress for the role.
You’d think we’d be ready to say goodbye to athleisure after a few years of lounging in sweatpants, but searly 2022 activewear has stepped it up a notch. Designers present ultra-stylish tennis-inspired pieces for play and work, from Bottega Veneta to Dior to the recent Chanel Cruise show in Monte Carlo. And the trend is also trickling down to the fashion market, offering shoppers (demi-)performance tennis capsule collections. Michael Kors has teamed up with luxury Italian sports label Ellesse for a capsule collection with a modern take on 1970s athletic styles, and Parisian brand Casablanca recently teamed up with Italian jewelry house Bulgari on a tennis-inspired capsule collection.
Whether you’re considering picking up a racket, already booked your court times or just want to look good, read on for the coolest tennis style pieces to serve on and/or off the court.
Kate Spade bag, $248, katespade.com SHOP HERE
The carrying case: Carry your practice gear (and post-match necessities) in this spacious tote from Kate Spade’s new tennis collection. The printed PVC tote bag has a faux saffiano leather lining and a removable tennis ball pouch to store your smaller items. It looks perfect when you’re courting or at a brunch table.
Mango Sweater, $70, thebay.com SHOP HERE
The warm-up sweater: This striped pullover is an easy layer to slip on when you’re running to a morning workout and, with its polished polo collar, it’s also a stylish piece to pair with wide-leg jeans and ballet flats on your way to the office.
Aritzia visor, $20, aritzia.com SHOP HERE
The visor: Keep the top of your head cool and breezy and keep the sun out of your eyes with this adjustable cotton visor. Thanks to the mesh sweatband on the inside, you don’t have to worry about wiping the sweat after each point.
Nike sneakers, $135, nike.com SHOP HERE
The tennis sneakers: You know how we think about versatility white sneakers at The Kit. They look stylish with everyday outfits, but these Nike court-ready sneakers are designed to move you around the court with ease. Featuring the brand’s Zoom Air technology, these shoes act as a springboard, keeping you stable and light on your feet. Molded rubber provides durability, a padded collar provides comfort and breathable fabric helps keep your feet cool and fresh as you win your matches.
Lacoste dress, $175, height-sports.com SHOP HERE
The little white dress: Look like a pro on the pitch in this crisscross white dress from Lacoste. With its quick-drying jacquard fabric, soft shoulder straps and integrated compressive fabric shorts, this one-piece offers comfort and flexibility. Style it with a denim jacket for “rest” days.
Lululemon Skirt, $88, lululemon.com SHOP HERE
The tennis skirt: Available in nine colors and prints (and a choice of two lengths), this Leylah Fernandez-approved tennis skirt is ideal for the court and also for running. It’s made from super-lightweight and quick-drying fabric to keep up with your rallies, and has double pockets for your phone or tennis balls, as well as an integrated short, so you can dive after the ball without worry.
Michael Kors x Ellesse Shorts, $98, michaelkors.ca SHOP HERE
The retro pants: Inspired by the iconic athletic styles of the 70s, these Michael Kors x Ellesse shorts in Ellesse’s signature red and orange palette look match-ready. But with a soft organic cotton blend fabric and an elasticated waistband, they’re also ideal for lounging around the cottage or poolside all summer long.
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