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A Crash Course in Women's Apparel

Here at Tennis Express, we love to provide you with the convenience that online shopping has to offer. But, we recognize that choosing apparel via the web, especially for women, can be a daunting task. How does it fit? Does the brand run small? What does the fabric feel like, how does it lay on the body, how heavy is it? Relax. We’re here to help you figure it all out. Here’s a rundown of some of the top brands for women's apparel.

Nike, the powerhouse of sportswear, is going to offer the widest variety. With over 150 different apparel items in our online store, the diversity is unmatched. Worn by stars like Maria SharapovaSerena Williams, and Li Na, it’s clear that these folks know how to make a tennis skirt. Nike’s clothes tend to run small – that is, close fitting and even bordering on tight, though not constricting – because Nike seeks to make your court wear sleek and aerodynamic. The Dri-FITtechnology they incorporate into almost all of their athletic apparel gives them the luxury of making fitted clothes – the material is designed to wick sweat away directly from the skin. And, their feminine yet sporty dresses offer great range of motion, due to the pleated skirt detail, spaghetti strap racerback design, and flatlock seam construction.

Adidas offers a looser product that is meant to be worn for comfort in performance. Slightly baggy fit and climalite and climacool technology employing light, breathable fabrics give you superb airflow in adidas apparel. The fabric conducts heat and sweat away from the skin, allowing for maximized ventilation. And, there’s something to be said for adidas’s iconic style; the chic brand has always been at the front lines of fashion, and with designers like Stella McCartney creating collections, it’s not surprising that the athleticism of the apparel is matched only by its modishness. It’s no wonder adidas is worn by Caroline Wozniackiand Ana Ivanovic.

For a classic look without frills or strange straps, Fila is a safe bet. The Italian company tends to stick to simple color schemes and classic cuts. Fila fits true to size, and the fabric is slightly heavier than you might find in the high-tech products of the bigger brands, but the polyester mesh material breathes well, thanks to well-thought out design. That’s because Fila takes pride in the quality of its knit; effort goes into the texture and feel of the textiles, making the caliber of Fila products hard to beat - which is why stars like Jelena Jankovic sport Fila apparel.

If style is more your concern, check out Venus Williams’s Eleven line. Designed by the star herself, the collection has a limited selection but certainly is not lacking in typical Venus flair. And, because each garment is designed by the tennis pro, they offer great functionality and versatility on and off the court.

Or, for a more posh look, try Lacoste’stennis apparel. The famous polo is available in a variety of colors, though perhaps it's most popular in the much revered classic white. But Lacoste isn’t just shirts; in fact, their line includes smart dresses and sophisticated teesto expand your wardrobe’s prep selection. Because of the crisp linesand intense attention to detail, Lacoste clothes can be expected to have a fitted, almost tailored look with modern-yet-modest hem lines and a mildly structured feel, like on Dominika Cibulkova.

No matter what you’re looking for, Tennis Express has a brand to match your style and performance needs. Be sure to check out all our apparel brands on the web and in store, and feel free to contact us with any questions you might have. And remember, you can always refer to our sizing guide for more details on fit. Happy shopping!

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