Whether you're a spectator, novice, or queen of the court, tennis is one of those games that everyone can claim to know at least a little bit about. The names Maria Sharapova, Venus and Serena Williams, and now, Naomi Osaka are all part of the household vernacular. With the U.S. open set to take place Aug. 28 through Sept. 6, tennis — and frankly, tennis-inspired fashion trends — are on the minds of many members of the fashion industry.
It makes sense that many influencers and insiders are poised to dress the part, after all, summer vacation is the ideal time to pick up a racket and get in a bit of friendly competition. But, major industry players have also turned their attention to the sport. Outdoor Voice's skorts and exercise dresses may be all-purpose, but feel especially geared towards time on the court. Nike has tapped iconic Japanese label Sacai for a tennis-centric collaboration that will actually be worn by Osaka in competition. Serena Williams even starred on the cover of Harper's Bazaar's recent August issue and up-and-comer Coco Gauff scored a special issue cover for Teen Vogue.
Tennis may not be your game of choice, but before summer is over, you'll want to look the part — even if it's just to run errands. So grab your whites, your polo shirt, or your skort and get ready to ace your end-of-summer athleisure look.
Polo + Skort
A classic white polo is the ultimate throwback homage to classic tennis style. Add a simple skort and a baseball cap to match for a sporty-chic ensemble you can wear on vacation.
A pleated miniskirt and clean white sneakers — all along with a layered sweater and oxford combo — makes for the ideal preppy-inspired look for your next casual match.
If neon streetwear-inspired looks are more your aesthetic, don't be afraid to opt for bold colors and sporty accessories — like sunglasses that can survive a round or two with you.
If you're more enticed by a polished outfit with certain nods to the game, try a skirt suit in bright hues styled with a cool oversized top. You may not want to get the look sweaty, but you could easily watch a game or two without feeling out of place.
An exercise dress is the ideal piece to take your on-court aesthetic to an after-hours venue. Style with a silk top, mules, or a bold mini bag and the piece has just the right sporty touch.
For those that are more inclined to sport streetwear-type athleisure looks, find a happy medium by opting for a sporty matching set in a light hue. It's a look that won't get you kicked off the tennis court, but isn't inherently preppy.