10 ways to pull off the 'tennis-chic' trend this summer
Serve these looks on and off the court.
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The tennis aesthetic is one of the big athleisure trends of the moment. Characterized by pleated skirts, polos, and sport-friendly dresses, the style marries preppy, practical, and playful. Best of all, you can rock the look whether or not you've ever even picked up a racket. These 10 pieces will help you channel your inner Serena Williams all summer long.
1. This pleated mini skirt
For the flirtiest skirt in the game, consider this mini number from Amazon with more than 3,000 reviews. Made of a sturdy polyester with tight pleats, it features built-in mini shorts so you don’t need to worry about any embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions. It's available in 19 colors and patterns and in women's sizes XS to XXL.
"Fits very nice!” one fan says. “It’s usually hard to find things that fit wider hips and thighs but this looks good while still covering the booty. 10/10.” Note: Most reviewers recommend sizing up for the best fit.
2. This editor-approved workout dress
A dress? For working out? You bet. Reviewed's health and fitness editor Sara Hendricks gave the ever-popular Outdoor Voices Exercise Dress a whirl, and says it may very well be "the perfect dress." It's made with a lightweight nylon-spandex blend and boasts racerback spaghetti straps and a flared skirt over pocketed biker shorts. It comes in seasonal hues and in women's sizes XS to XL. Psst: It often sells out, so snag one stat.
3. This Lululemon skort
We love a good skort for its versatility, and this one from Lululemon has high praise from hundreds of reviewers. The liner comes with pockets to stash all your belongings, and the skirt itself features preppy pleats on the back for that classic tennis skirt effect. It comes in women's sizes 0 to 14.
While you can certainly spend your day lounging in the skort, it conveniently holds up well during physical activity, too. According to one reviewer: “I coach and play tennis and this is the best tennis skirt ever! I have it in every color and pattern that Lululemon has offered. Incredibly comfortable and very flattering, and the shorts underneath stay in place.”
4. This cropped polo
Polo tops used to be reserved for stuffy school uniforms, but not anymore—now they’re essential to nailing the tennis-inspired look. Shein’s top-rated option, which is made of a slightly stretchy cotton-polyester fabric, boasts more than 9,000 reviews and is available in five colors. It comes in women's sizes XS to 4X.
“I just love this piece,” one shopper says. “It’s simple but at the same time sexy. Can’t wait to wear it for the summer.”
5. This preppy plaid skirt
Merge the two stand-out styles of plaid and pleats, and you’ll be the best-dressed on—and off—the court. This skirt features a side zipper, high waist, and sewn-in shorts. Available in 16 colorful plaids, it comes in women's sizes XS to XL.
“So cute! This is one of my favorite things in my closet right now,” one fan says. “It’s the perfect color and length. The zipper hasn’t died yet, and it fits my waist exactly.”
6. This sophisticated argyle dress
A tennis dress in argyle print oozes classy country club vibes. Made of a figure-hugging polyester-spandex material, this popular dress features a button-up collar and cuffed sleeves. It comes in five colors and in women's sizes XS to L.
It has a 4.9-star rating from more than 1,000 reviewers, who say it looks far more expensive than it is. “I look like a hot housewife about to go golfing with my rich husband and then maybe later take a ride on a yacht," one person raves. "The material feels so good and the colors are so pretty and vibrant. Just buy it already!”
7. This unisex polo
This tailored Nike polo has a dropped back hem so you can comfortably wear it tucked or untucked. It's made with the brand's sweat-wicking Dri-Fit technology, which helps prevent those dreaded pit stains and keeps you cool on even the hottest summer day. It comes in unisex sizes XS to 3X.
Reviewers love the polo for its slim fit. “Shirt fits perfectly,” one person says. “It gives you a more tailored look without sacrificing space where you need it. It’s way less boxy than the standard fit.”
8. This sleeveless sweater vest
Instead of committing to a full-on sweater when the temps start to rise, add a pop to your outfit with a sleeveless sweater vest. Coming in 22 patterns with a variety of necklines, this top-rated vest is made of an acrylic-spandex blend that's lightweight and stretchy. It comes in women's sizes S to L.
"So happily surprised with this!" one Amazon reviewer says. "The quality is great and just as the picture looks. Can’t wait to pair it with a cute tennis skirt and collared shirt."
9. This 2-piece dress set
It might look like a top and skirt set at first glance, but it’s actually an A-line dress paired with matching shorts underneath, like a dress-skort hybrid. The Free People dress features an open back along with a compressive top to prevent bouncing, while the high-waisted shorts have a convenient hidden pocket. It comes in women's sizes XS to L.
"This set is so stinking cute," one person gushes. "Perfect for working out or going out. Have gotten so many compliments!"
10. This fitted polo tee
This sporty Athleta polo is made from a seamless anti-chafe fabric that wicks away sweat and boasts UPF 50+ sun protection. It has a neckline zipper instead of buttons for a more minimalist look and the grips on the bottom hem prevent it from riding up. It comes in women's sizes XXS to XL.
"I love this polo," one 5-star reviewer says. "The collar stays up which looks great under sweaters, and I love that I can zip it up when it's cool outside or zip it down when it's warm.”
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