Tennis-inspired fashion is *everywhere* |

Tennis season is here, and everyone from pros to amateurs are flocking to the outdoor courts for a match — or for an #ootd pic. Lately, though, tennis style has been making its way off the court and inspiring all of us to dress the part.

You’d think after a few years of lounging in sweatpants we’d be ready to say goodbye to athleisure, but spring 2022 has seen activewear kicked up a notch. Designers are presenting ultra-stylish tennis-inspired pieces for play and work, from Bottega Veneta to Dior to the recent Chanel Cruise show in Monte Carlo. And the trend has been trickling down to the fashion market, too, offering shoppers (demi-)performance tennis capsule collections. Michael Kors has teamed up with luxe Italian sports label Ellesse for a capsule collection that features a modern take on ’70s athletic styles, and Parisian brand Casablanca recently collaborated with Italian jewelry house Bulgari on a tennis-inspired capsule collection.

Whether you’re thinking about picking up a racket, already have your court times booked or just want to look the part, read on for the coolest tennis style pieces to serve up on and/or off the courts.

Kate Spade bag, $248,

Kate Spade bag, $248, SHOP HERE

The tote bag: Carry your practice gear (and post-match essentials) in this roomy tote bag from Kate Spade’s new tennis collection. The printed PVC tote features faux-Saffiano leather lining and includes a detachable tennis-ball-shaped pouch to store your smaller items. It’ll look perfect sitting courtside or brunch tableside.

Mango sweater, $70,

Mango sweater, $70, SHOP HERE

The warm-up sweater: This striped pullover is an easy layer to throw on if you’re running to an early-morning practice and, with its polished polo collar, it also makes for a stylish piece to pair with wide-leg jeans and ballet flats if you’re heading into the office.

Aritzia visor, $20,

Aritzia visor, $20, SHOP HERE

The visor: Keep the top of your head cool and breezy while making sure the sun stays out of your eyes with this adjustable cotton visor. The interior mesh sweatband also means you don’t have to worry about wiping off the sweat after every point.

Nike sneakers, $135,

Nike sneakers, $135, SHOP HERE

The tennis sneakers: You know how we feel about versatile white sneakers at The Kit. They look stylish with everyday outfits, but these Nike court-ready sneakers are designed to move you around the court with ease. With the brand’s Zoom Air technology, these shoes act like a springboard, helping you stay stable and light on your feet. Moulded rubber gives durability, a padded collar provides comfort, and breathable fabric helps your feet stay cool and fresh as you ace your matches.

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Lacoste dress, $175, SHOP HERE

The little white dress: Look like a pro on the courts in this criss-cross-back white dress from Lacoste. With its quick-dry jacquard material, soft shoulder straps and integrated shorts made of compressive fabric, this one-piece serves up comfort and flexibility. Style it with a denim jacket for “rest” days.

Lululemon skirt, $88,

Lululemon skirt, $88, SHOP HERE

The tennis skirt: Available in nine colours and prints (and a choice of two lengths), this Leylah Fernandez-approved tennis skirt is ideal for the court and for running as well. It’s made of super-lightweight and quick-drying material to keep up with your rallies, and has dual pockets to hold your phone or tennis balls, as well as well as integrated shorts, so you can dive after the ball without worry.

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Michael Kors x Ellesse shorts, $98, SHOP HERE

The retro shorts: Inspired by the iconic athletic styles of the ’70s, these Michael Kors x Ellesse short shorts in the signature Ellesse red and orange palette look match-ready. But with soft organic-cotton-blend fabric and a stretchy waistband, they’ll also be ideal for lounging in at the cottage or the pool all summer long.

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Renée Tse is the editor of The Kit Chinese edition, based in Toronto. She writes about beauty and fashion. Reach her via email: [email protected]

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