This is the chic, grown-up way to style the tennis trend

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The sporty tennis trend for grown ups.John Lewis, Next, Reiss, The Upside, Mango, Boden

The world of sports has long had an influence on fashion trends. From preppy rugby shirts to retro baseball jackets, sporty-inspired pieces are always in the style spotlight, and for 2024, it seems that tennis is having a major moment.

There’s something uniquely special about tennis season, and the classic Wimbledon whites, crisp collared separates and perfectly pleated skirts that are associated with the game, have always been a popular choice amongst the fashion set. We often see tennis-inspired looks over the summer months, but this year the trend got started early, and seems bigger than ever.

What got the (tennis) ball rolling this time around? Designers including Casablanca showed off centre-court inspired styles on their runway in February, and actress Zendaya has worn a number of tennis player inspired frocks while promoting her new film, ‘Challengers’, which is based around the game. The high street has quickly caught on, and stores including Joules and Mango have included nods to the sport in their latest collections, and you can even buy a trend-ticking racket bag or set of tennis balls from Anya Hindmarch.

While searches for ‘tenniscore’ are at an all time high on Google, and sales of the tennis-based items are huge online right now, this isn’t the first time that tennis has been a big player in the world of fashion. For decades, designers have taken influence from the game as well as creating outfits for the players. Labels including Stella McCartney and Ralph Lauren have designed sportswear for both on and off the court, that were a huge hit with fashion fans. One of the most long-standing tennis-meets-fashion collaborations has to be the iconic Adidas Stan Smith trainer, which is named after the Grand Slam winner, who wore them on court back in the 1970s. The trainer is still one of the brand’s best-sellers today, and will add a sporty footnote to just about any outfit.

The classic yet contemporary vibe that the tennis trend has, means that it will work for all ages – it’s universally chic and easy to wear. We have rounded up some winning buys below that will guarantee a game, set, and match for your wardrobe this summer.

Reiss Malika Capped Sleeve Midi Dress

This hero dress will fast become your go-to for just about any occasion. The pared-back, linen design, is totally timeless. It will work just as well with party-ready heels, as it will with a denim jacket at a picnic.

Part Two Veneda Pleated Midi Skirt

Pleated skirts don’t have to be short to have a sporty feel. Team this mid length number with fresh white trainers and a plain tshirt for an easy and comfy take on the athleisure trend.

Boden Crochet Trim Scoop Neck Vest

The grassy green crochet trim on this otherwise classic white vest gives it a retro-sports feel that will sit nicely tucked into jeans, and worn under an open white shirt.

M&S Canvas Lace Up Eyelet Detail Trainer

A box-fresh, pair of white pumps will instantly give your outfit a tennis-ready spin. Wear them with a floral dress, or use them to give a tailored suit a modern rework.

Mango Tennis Club Contrast Detail Cardigan

Mango has a whole collection based around tennis and this sophisticated take on the vintage cardigan is our favourite piece from the range. Wear with white jeans and loafers.

Mint Velvet Ribbed Polo Top

The contrast trim and polo shirt neckline on this fine knit adds a subtle sporty feel. Wear with a denim skirt and gold jewels for a glam day time ensemble.

Joules Green Cable Knit V-Neck Vest

The retro knitted vest has made the move from geek to high-fashion chic over the last few years and this pale green one is a great way to weave a hint of Wimbledon into your wardrobe. Layer over a white shirt on chillier days.

How to Wear The Trend

The key to getting this trend right, is to take a subtle approach rather than wearing it top to toe and looking like you’re about to hit the court! Just wear one or two pieces in an outfit for the most stylish finish.

The best thing about the ‘tenniscore’ trend is that it isn’t too edgy, so your sporty pieces can easily be styled differently and reworked all year round. Fresh white staples are a wise investment, as you’ll get plenty of wear out of them for years to come.

There are no hard and fast rules with this look either – you can go as polished, or relaxed as you want – it’s all down to what you team your pieces with. A classic white dress will look just as glam with heels as it will with trainers, and a pleated skirt can be teamed with anything from an oversized shirt to a slogan tee. Simpler tops like a polo shirt or cream knit will make a wearable addition to your wardrobe staples – wear with tailored trousers or your favourite denim.

Whether you’re a tennis fan or not, courtside style is perfect for the warmer weather months. However you wear it for 2024, we guarantee you will serve up some serious style points, and ace it!

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