Would you play more tennis if the outfits you played in were incredibly chic? Um, yeah. We definitely would. So as the temperatures rise in New York and elsewhere, and we prepare to resume playing outdoors, our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy went in search of the best luxury tennis clothes right now. These luxury designer tennis apparel brands are on-trend and stylish. And they also live up to our desire for performance and durability. Win-win!
what are The Best Luxury Tennis Clothes Right Now?
Before the era of athleisure and stylish workout clothes, tennis was one of the only sports where the apparel was actually cute, femme and flattering. Of course there was figure skating – but that required 5am practices. Hard pass!
taking a cue from the professionals
Nowadays, the professional tennis circuit is a veritable fashion runway. Its stars are incredible athletes but also style MVPs. Who can forget Serena Williams in her Black Panther inspired catsuit (and its subsequent unjust ban) at Roland Garros last year? Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki are always fashion forward. And Sloane Stephens is so elegant in her monochrome jewel-toned outfits.
As the temperatures rise in New York and elsewhere, and we prepare to resume playing outdoors, we went in search of the most on-trend and stylish luxury tennis attire that live up to our tennis style muses.
go from the court to the street
These are outfits to show off and wear all day as many of our friends do all summer. Popping up at the supermarket, the coffee shop and the park in full gear – the better to invoke envy from the rest of us over their lifestyle of leisure. And who can blame them? There’s something timeless, posh and elegant about a busy woman in smart tennis gear. If luxury is about evoking dreams of ease and plenty, it’s hard to beat showing up in a crisp tennis dress, sparkling white sneakers and a swishy ponytail.
a wide array of options for on-trend luxury tennis clothes
Of course, you can always opt for a big brand like Nike for tennis apparel. It’ll get the job done. But if you want to aim higher, you’re in luck this season. Depending on the look you’re after, you’ll find a lot of great choices in luxury tennis apparel right now.
Dressing for a game at an all-American Nantucket backyard court? Meeting your opponent at a country club that retains an all-white dress code? Aiming to achieve Serena Williams chic? Or European flair? Done, done, done and done. And don’t worry – these on-trend tennis apparel lines are also built for performance, not just for lounging around post-match.
Of course, should you choose to run around town in these outfits, in order to look as if you’re fresh off the court even if you don’t actually know how to play, we’ll totally understand. It’ll be our little secret.
The Best Luxury Tennis Clothes Right Now
Here are 12 luxury tennis apparel brands that will have you looking cute in no time – giving you more time to practice your serve.
1. Tory Sport
Tory Sport tennis is a modern play on iconic tennis styles (polos, pleated skirts, visors) in classic shades of white and green. And this season, pink! These are timeless luxury tennis clothes. One of our favorites is the Striped Pleated Hem Skirt ($130). Made with a four-way stretch woven, it balances superior stretch with a crisp and stylish design. The skirt is finished with built-in boy shorts and a ball pocket. Top it off with this cheeky Flocked Little Grumps T-Shirt ($78).
Ivincia is a women’s luxury tennis apparel brand based in London with limited-edition outfits designed to be worn on and off the court. This season’s hand-drawn floral prints are inspired by designer Olivia Langinger’s childhood countryside home and Botticelli’s Primavera painting. Made up of delicate blue flowers, the motif is at once feminine and bold. The Primavera Tennis Dress ($455) has an built-in bra, and is made from power mesh lined with technical textiles. The strategic placement of the floral graphic makes the dress especially flattering.
3. L’Etoile Sport
Frustrated by a dearth of functional and feminine tennis wear, entrepreneur Yesim Philip launched L’Etoile in the summer of 2012 at the Meadow Club in Southampton. A professional athletic background influences her designs which – in honor of the sport’s sartorial history – are always offered in Wimbledon white. The luxurious Brazilian lace Zip Front Tank ($165) is breathable and light with reflective navy trim. Pair it with the Team Skort ($135), made from high quality performance stretch fabric and built-in gusseted under shorts. And you’ll ace your entire day.
Lacoste’s heritage good looks are always in style. And we admit, we have a nostalgic soft spot for that iconic embroidered crocodile. Show off your sculpted and tanned tennis arms in the Tech Jersey Racerback Tennis Tank Top ($75) and those toned gams in these preppy and retro Tennis Fleece Shorts ($65).
5. Lilly Pulitzer
Last summer, Lilly Pulitzer re-launched its tennis wear line, bringing its colorful and conversational resort-inspired prints back onto the court. The entire tennis line is made with “Luxletic” fabric- a superbly soft meryl yarn that provides moisture management and excellent sun protection (UPF 50+ Rating). The Ace Tennis Dress ($138) comes in a choice of two pastel tropical prints, and is finished with a pleated skirt for a fun and flirty look.
6. Adam Selman Sports
Adam Selman’s brand of campy cool fashion is a perfect match for the artists that he’s designed costumes for – Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga. But tennis? This spring, his first foray into activewear, cheekily shortened from Adam Selman Sport to A.S.S, brings some rock-and-roll to the country club scene. This is on-trend tennis apparel with serious attitude. We love that the pieces are not only engineered to performance standards, but are also made of recycled nylon and polyester. The vintage vibes of this Pleated Striped Mini Skirt ($275) has pressed pleats accented by blue stripes. If you’re feeling a little more daring, check out the Leopard Print Mini Dress ($275) with built in shorts.
7. Outdoor Voices
We’ve been admiring Outdoor Voices on Instagram for their commitment to body diversity for a while now. Last year, we finally bought a pair of their popular color blocked leggings. And they lived up to the hype. For tennis fans in search of stylish tennis apparel, try the Light Speed Skort ($65) which is constructed out of a breathable fabric and has an interior shorts liner. The Exercise Dress ($100) has a sweat-wicking, 4-way stretch material with built-in shorts liner and side pocket. It does not have a built-in bra. All the more reason to add in a pop of color with one of the brand’s sports bras.
Lija’s collections are designed for maximum technical performance. This stylish tennis apparel brand seeks to empower female athletes with modern and innovative style, channeling Vancouver’s active lifestyle (it’s where the brand is based). We particularly love Lija’s figure flattering Singles Tank ($70) and Match Skort with it’s double flounce ($80).
9. Angle New York
Kathy Angele founded Angle New York in 2015 with the eternal athlete in mind. Her goal was to provide women with quality active wear that is both fashionable and functional. Angle draws inspiration from the “Original 9,” the group of nine professional female tennis players led by Billie Jean King who fought against the inequities in prize money between male and female players. The brand’s Chrissy Tri-Layer Skort ($200) is named after Chrissy Evert, the former No. 1 tennis player. Her 34 Grand Slam Singles Championships are still the world record for pro tennis players. Take that for motivation at your next match.
Priding itself on delivering “feminine eco-forward active wear,” inPhorm is a great source for luxury tennis clothes. Luxurious performance fabrics combine with detailed construction to create comfortable, functional and elegant garments. The brand’s fabrics are designed to preserve energy and resources and to lower demands on the environment via a special partnership with its manufacturer and mill. For example, the cute Sleeveless Flounce Dress ($122) is made of partly recycled fabrics.
11. Monreal London
London-based designer Stefani Grosse brings together fashion and form in fresh, modern, on-trend tennis apparel, with dresses and separates with Monreal London. This high-end luxury sportswear collection is upping the style stakes on the courts, and is perfect for players who value style as much as they do scoring. We love the soft lavender and mint green hues of the Ace Skirt ($162) and Workout Tank ($123) as a subdued alternative to classic whites.
Our friend Kendel Neidermyer, Founder and Chief Everything Officer of the couture performance apparel line F.Words (for Fit, Fashion, Function, and Flexibility), has launched a new tennis-inspired collection. For on-trend tennis apparel, this is an excellent option. The pieces are meant to go seamlessly from court to club, and they’re all made in New York. If you need to be in all-white, she’s got you covered. Have a look at this chic white skirt ($400) and shirt ($325). Either of these can go out on date night or to the office paired with pieces you already own. But if you’re using them purely for sport, don’t fear. They’re engineered to perform.
There you have it: 12 on-trend tennis apparel brands to up your tennis style game. Whether you’re actually playing or just posing, these will have you looking crisp and cool all summer long.
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Crediting her training as a cultural anthropologist at Wellesley College, Julie has immersed herself in various industries in the last 15 years including fashion design, event planning, fitness and even investigating police misconduct. Julie lives in NYC where she loves trying every ramen and dumpling restaurant with her husband and three children. She finds joy in bold prints, biographies of fierce women, kickboxing and spending way too long finding the perfect polish color to express her mood.