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Look like a Pro in These Cute Tennis Outfits

To say that tennis outfits for women—referred to on TikTok as “tennis-core“—is a new fleeting aesthetic isn’t exactly accurate. Classic and timeless are perhaps better descriptors of the preppy-leaning style that has been a fashion fixture since the late 1800s.

That said, silhouettes related to the sport do tend to spike during the summer months when the warm weather encourages people to get outside, book a spot on the courts, and slip into a fitted polo and a pleated mini-skirt. This summer will be no exception—jumpstarted by Zendaya’s Challengers press tour outfits that had a very literal interpretation of courtside apparel: tennis ball Loewe heels, a Carolina Herrera gown as an homage to Venus and Serena Williams, and a Thom Browne tennis racket embroidered dress were all grand slams.

But even when the Challengers craze dies down, crisp tennis whites and breezy volley dresses are still great summer style options. Ahead, Marie Claire has curated a selection of tennis and tennis-inspired outfits from street style that work both on and off the court. Keep scrolling to find pairings you can sport this summer, the season following, and all those to come. Game, set, match.


Heloise Agostinelli seen wearing a green and white Lacoste <a href=tennis skirt, green Lacoste jacket, white socks, grey heels, Lacoste white leather bag outside Lacoste Show during the Womenswear Fall/Winter 2024/2025 as part of Paris Fashion Week on March 05, 2024 in Paris, France.” src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/myzb6TiIDkxIdqL8aSGL_Q–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTE0Mzk-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/marie_claire_us_340/1b7273d6d36a04cfeccd3c6ef130ec1f”/>Heloise Agostinelli seen wearing a green and white Lacoste tennis skirt, green Lacoste jacket, white socks, grey heels, Lacoste white leather bag outside Lacoste Show during the Womenswear Fall/Winter 2024/2025 as part of Paris Fashion Week on March 05, 2024 in Paris, France.

Heloise Agostinelli seen wearing a green and white Lacoste tennis skirt, green Lacoste jacket, white socks, grey heels, Lacoste white leather bag outside Lacoste Show during the Womenswear Fall/Winter 2024/2025 as part of Paris Fashion Week on March 05, 2024 in Paris, France.

A zip-up track jacket teamed with a pleated tennis skirt is a classic combination. This outfit takes a step outside the box with its choice of footwear: This Fashion Week show-goer opted for white bobby socks and her best slingback heels, giving the outfit a more formal feel.

Adidas Adicolor Classics Loose Firebird Track TopAdidas Adicolor Classics Loose Firebird Track Top

Adidas Adicolor Classics Loose Firebird Track Top

Adidas Adicolor Classics Loose Firebird Track Top

Beyond Yoga High Waist Movement SkortBeyond Yoga High Waist Movement Skort

Beyond Yoga High Waist Movement Skort

Beyond Yoga High Waist Movement Skort

Madewell The Debbie Slingback PumpMadewell The Debbie Slingback Pump

Madewell The Debbie Slingback Pump

Madewell The Debbie Slingback Pump

A guest wears brown pants, a green Adidas top, and a pale yellow bag outside Rolf Ekroth during the Copenhagen Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2024.A guest wears brown pants, a green Adidas top, and a pale yellow bag outside Rolf Ekroth during the Copenhagen Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2024.

A guest wears brown pants, a green Adidas top, and a pale yellow bag outside Rolf Ekroth during the Copenhagen Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2024.

Not every tennis-inspired outfit needs a pleated mini skirt. Nylon parachute pants make for an equally sporty alternative. A polo shirt in tennis court green and an elevated piece of gold jewelry will add polish.

Vince Stretch Rib-Knit Polo ShirtVince Stretch Rib-Knit Polo Shirt

Vince Stretch Rib-Knit Polo Shirt

Vince Stretch Rib-Knit Polo Shirt

Daily Practice by Anthropologie Base Jump Parachute PantsDaily Practice by Anthropologie Base Jump Parachute Pants

Daily Practice by Anthropologie Base Jump Parachute Pants

Daily Practice by Anthropologie Base Jump Parachute Pants

David Yurman Sculpted Cable Bangle Bracelet 18K Yellow Gold on white backgroundDavid Yurman Sculpted Cable Bangle Bracelet 18K Yellow Gold on white background

David Yurman Sculpted Cable Bangle Bracelet 18K Yellow Gold on white background

David Yurman Sculpted Cable Bangle Bracelet 18K Yellow Gold

A guest wears pink v neck knit, pleated mini skirt, white button shirt, white socks, sneakers outside Lacoste during the Womenswear Fall/Winter 2024/2025 as part of Paris Fashion Week on March 05, 2024 in Paris, France.A guest wears pink v neck knit, pleated mini skirt, white button shirt, white socks, sneakers outside Lacoste during the Womenswear Fall/Winter 2024/2025 as part of Paris Fashion Week on March 05, 2024 in Paris, France.

A guest wears pink v neck knit, pleated mini skirt, white button shirt, white socks, sneakers outside Lacoste during the Womenswear Fall/Winter 2024/2025 as part of Paris Fashion Week on March 05, 2024 in Paris, France.

There’s a reason a collegiate cable-knit sweater is a forever staple in fashion’s Hall of Fame. Pair a V-neck pullover with a flirty mini skirt and a statement pair of chunky sneakers to lean into the style’s sporty connotations.

Lacoste Logo-Embroidered Cable-Knit JumperLacoste Logo-Embroidered Cable-Knit Jumper

Lacoste Logo-Embroidered Cable-Knit Jumper

Lacoste Logo-Embroidered Cable-Knit Jumper

Tory Sport Performance Pleated Laser-Cut Stretch Tennis SkirtTory Sport Performance Pleated Laser-Cut Stretch Tennis Skirt

Tory Sport Performance Pleated Laser-Cut Stretch Tennis Skirt

Tory Sport Performance Pleated Laser-Cut Stretch Tennis Skirt

Nama Platform SneakerNama Platform Sneaker

Nama Platform Sneaker

Chloé Nama Platform Sneaker

A guest is seen wearing a lime neon yellow dress, light blue leather bag, white socks and Lacoste white and blue sneakers seen wearing outside Lacoste Show during the Womenswear Fall/Winter 2024/2025 as part of Paris Fashion Week on March 05, 2024 in Paris, France.A guest is seen wearing a lime neon yellow dress, light blue leather bag, white socks and Lacoste white and blue sneakers seen wearing outside Lacoste Show during the Womenswear Fall/Winter 2024/2025 as part of Paris Fashion Week on March 05, 2024 in Paris, France.

A guest is seen wearing a lime neon yellow dress, light blue leather bag, white socks and Lacoste white and blue sneakers seen wearing outside Lacoste Show during the Womenswear Fall/Winter 2024/2025 as part of Paris Fashion Week on March 05, 2024 in Paris, France.

A sporty exercise dress teamed with sneakers is perhaps the most sport-ready outfit on this list. To take the combo off the court and onto the street, slip a colorful baguette bag over your shoulder.

Athleta Elation V-Neck Hybrid DressAthleta Elation V-Neck Hybrid Dress

Athleta Elation V-Neck Hybrid Dress

Athleta Elation V-Neck Hybrid Dress

9060 Unisex Sneakers9060 Unisex Sneakers

9060 Unisex Sneakers

New Balance 9060 Unisex Sneakers

Melissa Blue Baguete Studs BagMelissa Blue Baguete Studs Bag

Melissa Blue Baguete Studs Bag

Melissa Blue Baguette Studs Bag

A guest is seen wearing glasses, a long shirt dress with collar and red pumps outside MSGM show during the Milan Fashion Week - Womenswear Spring/Summer 2024 on September 22, 2023 in Milan, Italy.A guest is seen wearing glasses, a long shirt dress with collar and red pumps outside MSGM show during the Milan Fashion Week - Womenswear Spring/Summer 2024 on September 22, 2023 in Milan, Italy.

A guest is seen wearing glasses, a long shirt dress with collar and red pumps outside MSGM show during the Milan Fashion Week – Womenswear Spring/Summer 2024 on September 22, 2023 in Milan, Italy.

Argyle motifs are key to tennis-related fashions. Take a cue from this stylish Fashion Week attendee by styling a knit skirt in the graphic diamond print with a collared rugby top.

Puppets and Puppets Balloon Polo Rugby Crop TopPuppets and Puppets Balloon Polo Rugby Crop Top

Puppets and Puppets Balloon Polo Rugby Crop Top

Puppets and Puppets Balloon Polo Rugby Crop Top

Burberry Argyle-Knit Wool SkirtBurberry Argyle-Knit Wool Skirt

Burberry Argyle-Knit Wool Skirt

Burberry Argyle-Knit Wool Skirt

Esmerelda Square Toe MuleEsmerelda Square Toe Mule

Esmerelda Square Toe Mule

Jeffrey Campbell Esmerelda Square Toe Mule

As an alternative styling idea, layer a varsity V-neck sweater with a collared shirt popped underneath. In contrast to the preppy vibe, add a denim maxi skirt and your best black boots.

Veronika Heilbrunner wears beige v neck pullunder knit, denim skirt, Louis Vuitton bag in blue, white button shirt outside Lacoste during the Womenswear Fall/Winter 2024/2025 as part of Paris Fashion Week on March 05, 2024 in Paris, France.Veronika Heilbrunner wears beige v neck pullunder knit, denim skirt, Louis Vuitton bag in blue, white button shirt outside Lacoste during the Womenswear Fall/Winter 2024/2025 as part of Paris Fashion Week on March 05, 2024 in Paris, France.

Veronika Heilbrunner wears beige v neck pullunder knit, denim skirt, Louis Vuitton bag in blue, white button shirt outside Lacoste during the Womenswear Fall/Winter 2024/2025 as part of Paris Fashion Week on March 05, 2024 in Paris, France.

Victory Dri-Fit PoloVictory Dri-Fit Polo

Victory Dri-Fit Polo

Nike Victory Dri-Fit Polo

The Upside Louie Cotton SweaterThe Upside Louie Cotton Sweater

The Upside Louie Cotton Sweater

The Upside Louie Cotton Sweater

Frame The Midaxi Denim SkirtFrame The Midaxi Denim Skirt

Frame The Midaxi Denim Skirt

Frame The Midaxi Denim Skirt

Woman wearing a sporty zip up, blue button down, and trousers.Woman wearing a sporty zip up, blue button down, and trousers.

Woman wearing a sporty zip up, blue button down, and trousers.

An athletic windbreaker paired with trousers strikes a playful balance between sportswear and athleisurewear. Pointed-toe boots in black leather will polish off the pairing.

Wales Bonner Mantra Hooded Track JacketWales Bonner Mantra Hooded Track Jacket

Wales Bonner Mantra Hooded Track Jacket

Wales Bonner Mantra Hooded Track Jacket

Pleated Wide Leg PantsPleated Wide Leg Pants

Pleated Wide Leg Pants

Treasure & Bond Pleated Wide Leg Pants

Jarli BootieJarli Bootie

Jarli Bootie

Marc Fisher LTD Jarli Bootie

Two women wearing tennis outfits of a white polo and pleated skirt and matching tan setTwo women wearing tennis outfits of a white polo and pleated skirt and matching tan set

Two women wearing tennis outfits of a white polo and pleated skirt and matching tan set

A lesson in tennis fashion wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the age-old monochromatic styling of white on white. Pair a polo shirt and pleated midi skirt together to lean head-first into the tennis theme. Feel free to break it up with accessories in contrasting colors.

Woman wearing a Uniqlo white polo shirt in front of a white backgroundWoman wearing a Uniqlo white polo shirt in front of a white background

Woman wearing a Uniqlo white polo shirt in front of a white background

Uniqlo Polo Short-Sleeve Sweater

Sunburst Pleated Midi SkirtSunburst Pleated Midi Skirt

Sunburst Pleated Midi Skirt

Theory Sunburst Pleated Midi Skirt

Reyes Mary JaneReyes Mary Jane

Reyes Mary Jane

Dolce Vita Reyes Mary Jane

A guest wears gold earrings, a pearls necklace from Vivienne Westwood necklace, a pale yellow pullover, a blue and green checkered pattern short sleeves polo shirt from Lacoste, high waist white pleated / accordion skirt, a black grained leather handbag, white ribbed socks from Lacoste, white leather and green sneakers form Lacoste, outside Lacoste, during Paris Fashion Week -A guest wears gold earrings, a pearls necklace from Vivienne Westwood necklace, a pale yellow pullover, a blue and green checkered pattern short sleeves polo shirt from Lacoste, high waist white pleated / accordion skirt, a black grained leather handbag, white ribbed socks from Lacoste, white leather and green sneakers form Lacoste, outside Lacoste, during Paris Fashion Week -

Here, an outfit that masterfully merges function with fashion. The polo shirt and tennis skirt combo work for practicing your backhand and a later meeting with friends for post-practice cocktails.

Printed Checked Stretch-Jersey Polo ShirtPrinted Checked Stretch-Jersey Polo Shirt

Printed Checked Stretch-Jersey Polo Shirt

Bogner Printed Checked Stretch-Jersey Polo Shirt

J.Crew V-Neck Cotton-Blend Cardigan SweaterJ.Crew V-Neck Cotton-Blend Cardigan Sweater

J.Crew V-Neck Cotton-Blend Cardigan Sweater

J.Crew V-Neck Cotton-Blend Cardigan Sweater

Alala Tennis SkortAlala Tennis Skort

Alala Tennis Skort

Alala Tennis Skort

A guest wears red black striped polo with long sleeves, a grey pleated mini skirt outside OpéraSport during the Copenhagen Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2024 on August 9, 2023 in Copenhagen, Denmark.A guest wears red black striped polo with long sleeves, a grey pleated mini skirt outside OpéraSport during the Copenhagen Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2024 on August 9, 2023 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

A guest wears red black striped polo with long sleeves, a grey pleated mini skirt outside OpéraSport during the Copenhagen Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2024 on August 9, 2023 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

A boxy rugby shirt in eye-catching stripes styled with a pleated tennis skirt is a straightforward combination with a chic sports slant. Your best loafers will ground the outfit with an added collegiate feel.

24/7 Split-Hem Polo Sweater24/7 Split-Hem Polo Sweater

24/7 Split-Hem Polo Sweater

Gap 24/7 Split-Hem Polo Sweater

Pleated Skirt Pants -  WomenPleated Skirt Pants -  Women

Pleated Skirt Pants – Women

Mango Pleated Skirt

Leah Platform LoaferLeah Platform Loafer

Leah Platform Loafer

Coach Leah Platform Loafer

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