Wimbledon is here and we’ve handpicked the best tennis outfits just landed from our favourite brands to get you matchpoint-ready – even if in kit only!
Get out your strawberries and cream, pop open the Pimms, it’s that time of year again. Wimbledon has come back around and if the two-day-long queues are anything to go by, it seems it’s not just us that are overexcited.
So, in the spirit of all things tennis, we’re celebrating by sharing the slickest and most stylish new tennis outfits about. Whether you’re a newbie to the courts or you’ve been batting a tennis ball your whole life, you’ll be making (and grabbing) a racket after ogling this beautiful kit.
Inspiring runways spanning across the past few decades, Wimbledon is an iconic time not only for the sporting world but for the athleisure world too. From the corseted female tennis players of the 1900s to women like Katharine Hepburn ditching the dresses and donning high-waisted shorts, the fashion of tennis has come a long way.
Every year we’re inspired by the amazing strength, skill and determination of the women at Wimbledon and what better Kitspiration is there than that?
Adidas by Stella McCartney
And to kick things off, what better than Stella McCartney’s new collection for Adidas which launches this autumn. The high-end Barricade Wimbledon collection which will be worn by the women on the court themselves. Wimbledon has long-established restrictions on colour and this collection compensates by focusing on texture and finish.
McCartney studied vintage lingerie for inspiration and the result is a gorgeously elegant tennis range that is classicly simple but with a modern feel. World number seven, Garbiñe Muguruza, will wear the Adidas by Stella McCartney Barricade dress in white at this year’s tournament. ‘I love to experiment with my style on and off the court but it can be difficult to express your personality at Wimbledon. The combination of different textures makes my dress really stand out; one of the reasons I am really happy to be wearing Adidas by Stella McCartney,’ explained Muguruza.
The clothes will make a debut at Wimbledon but unfortunately, most of them won’t be available to buy until Autumn – here’s a sneak peek of the collection.
The Barricade dress is a 3-in-1 design (above) and features a textured look, crafted through blending different knitting techniques. Climacool material enhances the body’s natural temperature regulation – basically making it the perfect fabric to play in, in the unpredictable British weather.
The kit for off-court chic
And if you just can’t wait to get kitted out in gorgeous tennis gear? We are huge fans of Sweaty Betty here at Healthista HQ and this year’s Wimbo-inspired tennis range has not let us down. The clothes emphasise comfort, style and freedom of movement and channel quintessential Englishness, with a bit of quirk thrown in the mix. The brand wants to create clothes that give women confidence both on and off-court (from the pro to the pro-perly amateur).
The technical fabrics feature all of Sweaty Betty’s classic elements, from sweat-wicking, lightweight fabrics to flattering fits and fashionable mesh. This is a collection you will be drooling over this summer.
Go straight from the office to the court after work in this ribbed knit by Sweaty Betty. The contrasting oxblood stripe makes it the epitome of heritage charm. Sweaty Betty recommends throwing it over your tennis dress post-match or pairing with a tailored pair of track pants. Whatever way you choose to wear it, the retro feel to this kit from Sweaty Betty is dreamy.
The kit for getting involved
Keen on playing? Then you’ll be keen on this super functional kit from ASICS. If you’re all about the game, this tennis gear offers fabrics that will optimise your performance (and make you look like an absolute pro). The clothes are made with clean, simple cuts and designs which ASICS explain are to keep you feeling comfortable and undistracted mid-match.
MotionDry technology fabric is sweat wicking and according to ASICS will keep you dry throughout your workout. The club dress (below) has a back vent peephole and flow skirt design to optimise ventilation. Plus a supportive inner bra will keep you in place and inner briefs will give you the confidence to sprint about the court without the fear of flashing your underwear (heaven forbid). The dress is built to flatter your figure and ASICS have added a front hole detailing with mesh to add a fashion-forward touch to an otherwise wholly functional piece of kit.
Above: Club Dress £40
Above: Gel Solution Speed £125
While not the prettiest of shoes, ASICS are known for their functionality when it comes to moving your legs. The company says that you’ll leave no part of the court untouched in these shoes. The shoes are built specifically for elite athletes and feature a durable upper that can handle slides, dives and lunges.
Above: Club Skort £32
This straight and simple tennis skirt has an extended hem giving you the space to jump and move freely while inner briefs let you do it without the risk of showing too much. The fabric, again, wicks sweat from your skin while sifted and flatlock seams reduce chafing and irritation (nothing worse!)
And then, of course, there’s the beautiful tennis kit court-esy (see what I did there) of fitness giant, Nike. Offering unbelievable beauty AND function – this kit is enough to make anybody want to take up tennis lessons sharpish.
The NikeCourt Dry Slam tennis dress (below) features a finely pleated skirt for freedom of motion, engineered knit panels for breathability and a dropped hem for coverage. A beautiful racer back design doesn’t just look good but allows you the movement for those big swings.
Above: NikeCourt Dry Slam £79.95
Above: NikeCourt Power £104.95
The netting on this NikeCourt Power dress is making our eyes pop out of our heads. It would be too tempting to rock up to the gym daily in this white number. Nike Power fabric offers compression comfort and support, and promotes supreme mobility, keeping your focus where it should be—on your game. The dress also uses Nike Flex fabric which stretches with your body and really lets you move.