If you’re a tennis fan, you will undoubtedly be eagerly awaiting the 2017 WTA finals happening on the third week of October.
Apart from the match itself, we can’t help but watch out for this season’s athletic-inspired pieces too, as worn by our idols. If you’re interested in channeling these looks, we’ve got you covered!
Whether you are a sports fan or not, simply add some tennis-inspired outfits into your wardrobe so that you can rock the winning sporty-chic look on and off the court!
But first, the basics
When you don’t know where to start, start with these three things in mind.
Adopt the style
What exactly is the ‘tennis look’? It definitely spells sporty-chic; however, many people don’t realise that tennis outfits tend to include somewhat preppy, polished and well-tailored pieces. Think clean, white, simple and crisp lines. But even with such simplicity, you can still make an impact with how you accessorise your outfit. For instance, adding a cap and a pair of classic sporty sunglasses tops off any tennis outfit nicely. No wonder it’s such a hit in the fashion scene – the tennis look helps empower its wearer.
Play with colours
One of the simplest ways to channel a look is through the use of colour. This is a perfect way to gently ease into a new trend that you may be hesitant to try but can’t wait to be a part of!
Tennis players are commonly seen in monochromatic crisp white pieces. But if an all-white ensemble seems a bit too bold, you can test the waters and start safe with two-toned colour schemes of white with black or blue. On the plus side, most tennis garments are simple and without any patterns, creating a nice colour blocking effect.
Wear your brand
If you watch tennis, you’ll be very familiar with sports brands that carry your favourite player’s styles. So, whether you go with your player’s brands or choose your own, completing your tennis look won’t be too hard.
Mix and Match
Tennis clothing need not be used solely for the sport itself. In fact, many fashion retailers are creating styles that double up as athleisure pieces. Here are some head-to-toe pieces you can simply mix and match to recreate the tennis look!
Collared shirts with structured lines from Bossini, Giordano or Hang Ten will help you pull off a polished, well-tailored look. Plus, the collar helps frame your neckline. Match it with a nice pair of preppy shorts or a pleated skirt, and low-cut sneakers to complete the look.
Every girl needs a V-neck top to mix it up once in a while!
Invest in a versatile tulip skirt that you can wear in different occasions.
You will often see tennis players wearing skorts – a combination of a skirt and shorts. A fashionable alternative to this is the tulip skirt, which has extra folds of fabric at the hips, a tapered hemline and cinched waist, creating a flattering silhouette. A monochrome tulip skirt paired with a looser, flowy shirt would create the perfect ensemble. Check out Dorothy Perkins, H&M or Uniqlo for these options.
Another tennis fashion staple are dresses. These usually have halter cuts or sleeveless straps with bold lines to show a defined, tailored look. They are often fitted at the top with a flared skirt to allow for easy movement. Shop for your halter dress from Cotton On or H&M.
Short romper or playsuit
Channel a fun, playful vibe with this cute all-white romper.
We definitely can’t forgo the fun and sporty playsuit when it comes to achieving a tennis-inspired OOTD. Designed to be light, comfortable and a little bit loose-fitting at times, rompers can be worn for formal or casual occasions, depending on its design and the accessories you pair them with. Check out a selection of rompers at H&M.
Tennis shoes or white sandals
What is a tennis outfit without the classic white tennis shoes?
A classic pair of all white sneakers will complement a range of outfits, giving you a sporty vibe. Pair them with jeans and a tee for a super casual everyday look, or with tailored shorts and tank tops for the definitive tennis ensemble. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the variety of footwear at Nike, Puma and Skechers.
To shake it up, try on a pair of flat white sandals with thick bands for a sophisticated look. These are available at Melissa Shoes, Metro.
Now that you’ve got ideas on how to achieve the perfect tennis OOTD, go forth and start shopping!