I've Played Tennis for 20 Years—These Are the Best Sporty Outfit Trends

If you've ever seen a vaguely tennis-related headline here at Who What Wear, there's a good chance I wrote it. As a fashion editor who's been playing since I was 10 years old, I love exploring the intersection of tennis and fashion. (Perhaps you caught my interview with Serena Williams?) Nowadays, tennis style seems to have caught on for mainstream shoppers, and I fully support the trend. 

Below, I rounded up some of my favorite sporty trends on the market right now—all of which will look cute, even if you don't have an athletic bone in your body. I'm sure you're already aware of the surge in tennis skirts, but I also thought of four other preppy pieces that are just as cool right now. Scroll down to shop my picks. 

Varsity Sweaters

Preppy sweaters are the perfect way to add just a hint of sportiness to your outfit. Tennis icons ranging from Althea Gibson to Roger Federer have all worn varsity sweaters on the court, so you'll be in good company. I particularly like athletic-inspired vests layered over T-shirts or button-downs. 


Visors are a staple for tennis players, but they're also a stylish and practical choice for any outdoor workout. Even if you're not wearing any activewear, a cute straw visor will look great with sundresses and other summer pieces. Don't forget the sunscreen, too! 

Pleated Skirts

Of course, the crème de la crème of tennis fashion is the pleated skirt. The H&M one below simply can't be beaten for its affordable price tag and chic striped trim. If you don't want to style these skirts in a literal way, try pairing them with your favorite graphic tee and flat slides. 


I love the look of retro windbreakers with hints of '80s vibes. These jackets are also super functional for evening workouts when you want to stay warm but need just a lightweight layer. 

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Polo shirts will forever be synonymous with preppy fashion, but don't let that deter you if that wouldn't normally jibe with your personal style. Try wearing a polo with on-trend baggy jeans for a more chill vibe.