Sartorially speaking, nothing says “women’s tennis” quite like the classic tennis dress. It’s a timeless staple, and for good reason. The best ones are easy to play in, move when you do and offer just the right amount of coverage and support. But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice fashion for functionality. Our favorite new fall designs are every bit as stylish as they are technologically advanced. Looking – and playing – your best is just one outfit away.
Simple, understated and fuss-free, tank dresses are for players who prefer clean lines so their game can do the talking. We love the Asics Women’s Gel-Cool Tennis Dress for its trendy color blocking design, high neckline and flattering waistband. Then there’s the Fila Women’s PL Rolando Tennis Dress with its true-to-brand trio of red, white and blue, and its sporty, figure-hugging silhouette. Then there’s the classic choice: the perennial favorite that is the Nike Women’s Court Dry Tennis Dress. Made with knit-jersey fabric and spandex, this dress delivers optimum stretch and flexibility to ensure your best performance ever. Best of all, it comes in a rainbow of colors.
Ok, so we get why so many tennis dresses are fitted: if they cling to your body, they won’t get in the way of your swing. But they can also be pretty darn revealing. Not in the mood to put your every curve on display? Then a dress with a loose, relaxed fit is for you. Our picks are the flowy adidas Women’s NY Tennis Dress with its cute contrasting bra and boy shorts in glow green, the New Balance Tournament Slambray Tennis Dress which is fitted on top but loose around the midsection and skirt, and also the Fila Women’s Heritage Tennis Dress with its vertical and chevron stripes, offset with a flattering red waistband.
Looking to glamorize your game? Look no further than the adidas Women’s Stella McCartney Tennis Dress, which has stylish asymmetrical laser-cut detailing and knit inserts in an eye-catching shade of red. We also can’t get enough of the Nike Women’s New York Maria Court Dry Tennis Dress. Inspired by the iconic 70’s style of Studio 54 in NYC, it has got a dramatic V-neck, gathered waist and flowy skirt. If it weren’t for the swoosh, you might mistake it for a cocktail dress. Last is the Lija Women’s Ruffle Tennis Dress which is equally feminine, sporty and oh-so-comfortable.
Bold prints can add a jolt of energy to not only your court style but also your game. Our favorites of the season have been flying off the shelves. First there’s the Tonic Women’s Jasmin Tennis Dress with its gorgeous tropical floral print, cutout detailing at the back and built-in bra. Another gem is the Sofibella Women’s Tennis Dress, whose print insets, ruffled hem and performance fabric make it a must-have. Last is the Eleven Women’s Volley Tennis Dress which we love for its flattering black waistband and vibrant Phoenix print, reminiscent of a Chinese watercolor in blacks, pinks and blues.
Classic white dresses
You can’t go wrong with the classic white tennis dress, and fall has offered up some cute new styles. A standout is the Nike Women’s London Maria Court Tennis Dress which was designed in collaboration with Maria Sharapova and features a sporty V-neck, asymmetrical knit design and slim fit. Then there’s the Eleven Women’s Aria Tennis Dress. It has a flared skirt which is finished with a band of the playful bonita print, and a handy invisible side zipper that makes getting in and out of the dress a breeze and ensures the dress will keep its shape for years of wear. For a more traditional style, there’s the adidas Women’s Stella McCartney Tennis Dress, which we adore for its timeless solid-white design, laser-cut detailing and contrast tipping at the neck for a touch of color.
So go on, embrace fall fashion and don one of the season’s best new dresses! Your closet will thank you.