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Wimbledon, eat your heart out.
It’s no secret that tennis skirts have become something of a fashion statement over the years. The likes of Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid have been spotted out and about (Kendall’s favorite is the Alo Yoga skirt below) and designer Miu Miu’s tennis-inspired mini skirt was a key part of their AW22 collection.
The proof is in the data, indeed: searches for tennis skirts increased by 55% in the month of May compared to February this year. Here at Team MC, we’re on it. We have worn them a very – because not only do they look cute, but they’re also perfect for working out in. Tennis is a relatively low-impact cardio exercise, meaning it’s the perfect sport to pick up this summer.
Interested in investing in a stylish tennis outfit that you can wear on and off the court? Well, you are in the right place.
We’ve tested some of the most popular brands out there, from Alo Yoga, to Reformation, to Adidas. Lucky for you, we’ve rated the outfits based on how practical they were for working out plus whether they’d also work for an everyday outfit when you want to brunch with the girls.
Wondering who tried the tennis suits? We enlisted the help of our health, sustainability and relationships editor, Ally Head, our fashion editor Zoe Anastasiou, and our ecommerce writer, Grace Lindsay.
Between them, they have tested one pulp of gym kit over the years, from matching gym sets, running shorts, gym leggings and more. Ally, Zoe and Grace tested the clothes on the tennis court, at the gym and even wore some to work (yes, really).
What did we look for when choosing our favorite tennis clothes?
Good question. Keep scrolling to see exactly what we looked for when wearing the clothes.
- Are they normal in size?
- Are they non-transparent?
- Are they sweat wicking?
- Are they supportive?
- Is the product good value for money?
- Could they be used as an everyday outfit?
8 of the best tennis outfits, tested by team MC
1. Hello Yoga
“When it comes to stylish tennis clothing, you can’t go wrong with Alo Yoga. The brand has been seen on Hailey Bieber, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and more, and after trying the Aces Tennis Skirt myself, I can see why the celebs love it.”
“After trying the skirt on, I was amazed at the quality. It’s super lightweight, true to size, and not see-through at all (despite wearing black underwear the first time I wore it). I felt supported during my workout and felt cute enough to go get a coffee afterwards.”
“Even though I didn’t sweat that much, because of the light color, I doubt much sweat would show up. For me, it’s the details that really made this piece stand out, like the logo waistband and inner shorts. As you can see from the model below, the skirt can be styled as an everyday piece, and will definitely be one I wear on and off the pitch for years to come.” Grace Lindsay, E-Commerce Writer
“This tennis skirt from Decathlon’s own brand, Artengo, is a much more affordable option. Apart from the great price, this skirt is super comfortable and secure, and I played an hour of tennis (on one of the hottest days of the year) with no problems whatsoever.”
“The fabric is very breathable, so there were no sweat stains in sight. The shape of the skirt was flattering and while it’s not one of the dressiest options, I still felt you could make it work for a daytime look too.”
The only issue I had with the skirt was that I thought the waistband gaped a little at the back. I would recommend trying this before you buy, but for the price it’s pretty darn good.” Grace Lindsay, E-Commerce Writer
“If you’re not a skirt kind of girl, Adanola has you covered. I’m a huge fan of this brand, so when I saw they had released tennis suits, I knew I had to try one.”
“I chose the lime green tennis shorts and matching top as I wanted a change from the usual all-white look. I took the outfit straight to the tennis court and again I was impressed with how breathable it was. No sweaty mess here.”
“Since I was wearing shorts, I felt very comfortable moving around, but they did ride up a bit during the game. That aside, this outfit was a winner, and I would definitely style this up with a pair of New Balance shoes and a blazer to go to brunch with the girls.” Grace Lindsay, E-Commerce Writer
4. Veronica Beard x L’Etoile Sport
“It’s official: this is one of the most beautiful tennis skirts (or skorts) I’ve ever seen. Part of a new collaboration between Veronica Beard and luxury sports brand L’Etoile Sport, it’s a higher price point, but it’s certainly a investment in the gym and then.
“It can definitely fit as a regular skirt thanks to the lace design, which the brand shares for aesthetic but also breathability. It also has a reflective neon green trim for a pop of color”
“That said, I wouldn’t say it’s the most practical thing to work out in. I found the bottoms rolled up and it was on the smaller side (plus it was a bit short). A good investment if you’re looking for a tennis skirt to wear to brunch or for very light exercise, but not my recommendation for more intense sweat sessions.” Ally Head, Health Editor
“I actually can’t fault adidas’ iconic club tennis skirt – it’s a bestseller for a reason. It’s flattering, fits well and actually sweats, while looking pretty fashionable too (yes, I wore it to the office and on a date night at The Standard).I liked the supportive waistband – which struck the perfect balance of support without digging in – and the logo too.”
“A big win for me was the fact that the underpants actually stayed where they were supposed to too – so, and I mean so many we tried rolled up, which is annoying not to mention uncomfortable and distracting when you’re actually wearing it to work out in.”
“It’s an affordable price—you don’t have to break the bank with this one. Note, though: I’m five-foot-two and it was a good mid-thigh length on me, so a lot of people run a little short on other, taller women.” Ally Head, Health Editor
“Ok, so the whole team loved this skirt. It’s gorgeous – a tight fit, flattering and statement black trim set it apart from the other designs. We also loved that it’s a two-piece, and the spaghetti straps on the bra are very Y2K.”
“That said, it’s definitely more of a fashion-focused design, if you ask me. The bra has very low support and the straps were a bit long for my torso (I’m five foot two). If you’re looking for a set that will support you through endless rallies, isn’t it—it’s not what supports high-intensity training and it’s not the most breathable. But it is very pretty.” – Ally Head, Health Editor
“Lululemon brings color to the court with this tennis skirt. It has everything you need for a real match, including built-in shorts, a dual-entry pocket, four-way stretch and sweat-wicking materials and mesh panels in the lining.”
“Even though the shorts are a bit see-through, you can’t see anything thanks to the top layer. When I wore this myself, I was very comfortable and thought it fit me perfectly.”
“One thing I will say is that this style is definitely more of a sporty look, so I’m not sure if I’d wear it as a fashion statement, but for working out it’s perfect.” Grace Lindsay, E-Commerce Writer
8. Sweaty Betty
“Game, set, match! Even though my tennis skills are mediocre at best, this skirt really made me look the part. The length was absolutely perfect, and the built-in shorts underneath made me feel confident that I could run around all day without having to worry about a thing.”
“The shorts are actually made from Sweaty Betty’s quick-drying, best-selling Power fabric, and there are breathable ventilated mesh panels on the sides. This item also has a tie at the waist so you can adjust it for the perfect fit.” Zoe Anastasiou, fashion editor