The sunny weather has us all wanting to dust off our tennis shoes and channel our inner Serena Williams and Emma Radacanu. For those not #blessed with serving skills like the tennis champs, we can at least dress accordingly.
Tennis gear always swings into season when Wimbledon is on TV, with rackets flying off the shelves and onto the court. Let's get ahead and stock up now. For women, it's all about the cute tennis outfit with tennis skirts and dresses being a major focus.
What are the key tennis outfit trends for 2023
We reached out to Laura Ward, the founder of chic but functional tennis wear brand EXEAT, and she said: "With the #tenniscore trend in full swing, all the best courtwear is pulling double duty, transitioning seamlessly from match play to social life.
"A hyper sporty aesthetic is out and heritage silhouettes are in as they’re so much easier to wear. Look out for razor sharp pleating, polo collars, a more forgiving tailored fit and luxe technical fabrics that are worlds away from dreary cheap polyester that’s dominated the market for years."
How we chose the best tennis outfits for women
- Style: While sweat-wicking properties are all well and good - and included in the below choices - this edit is mainly about finding chic and stylish outfits to wear on the court. As well, this edit features tennis-themed loungewear looks if you want to find something to wear to watch Wimbledon at home.
- Inclusive sizing: We wanted this edit to be for everyone, which is why many of the brands featured cater for all sizes.
- Variety: Some women might want to wear a tennis dress, others might prefer a tennis skirt or a cool tennis-themed sweatshirt - this edit features a wide range of options.
Stylish tennis players to inspire you
Serena Williams was known for her eclectic on-court style during her sporting career (as well as being a powerhouse of a player, of course!), and 20-year-old Emma Radacanu is making her mark in the style stakes, with sponsorships from Nike and Tiffany & Co. Other style stars on and off the court include Naomi Osaka and her love of neon and bright colours. Back in the day, Steffi Graf brought floral prints to the court and Anna Kournikova caused headlines with her on-court style.
Let us serve you the best tennis outfits for women in 2023…
Tennis skirts and skorts
Laura Ward said: "Nothing says tennis more than a pleated skirt, but not all pleats are made equal and some of the wider folds can add unwanted bulk. Invest out a narrow knife pleat instead, it’s way more flattering."
Laura Ward said: "When it comes to tennis dresses elevate your look by avoiding dated skin-tight styles, especially those with complex spaghetti straps & instead opt for gently tailored pieces that flow over the silhouettes whilst you play. They’ll keep you cooler on court and double up as a chic, playful sun dress."
Laura's final top tip for looking stylish while playing tennis is to dial up the drama! "Tennis’ famous white dress code is of course deeply chic, but can look a bit ‘samey’ when everyone at the club is wearing it. Score extra style points on court by seeking out pieces that dial up the fashion drama with textured fabric, colourful trims & eye-catching hardware on fastenings."
Meet the expert: Laura Ward
UK entrepreneur Laura Ward is the founder of EXEAT, the world’s best-selling luxury British court wear brand for women. Since the brand’s inception in 2021, Laura has revolutionised the global tennis apparel market, and has been dubbed ‘the fashion editor’s favourite tennis brand’,
This unparalleled success hasn’t gone unnoticed. With her string of accolades that include ‘Global Start-Up of The Year’ and ‘Start-Up Entrepreneur of The Year’, the UK Government has appointed Laura ‘UK Export Champion'. This esteemed role sees her working with the Government to share trade insights with ministers and other British businesses on the secrets to building a successful export brand.
Laura has grown up playing the sport and is a champion of how tennis unites people on the court with EXEAT’s famously flattering silhouettes making women feel beautiful and supported, enabling them to play their best game.