For Black Friday I decided to buy myself some tennis apparel that I wouldn’t normally have chosen as it didn’t include a tennis skirt or dress. The reason was mainly because I wanted to start getting used to wearing clothing that covers more of my skin when playing tennis (given my concerns about exposure to the sun, as I also wrote about in my guest blog post for Women’s Tennis Blog).
In the end I selected the outfit in the photo above from Naffta, which is a Spanish tennis and Padel clothing company that one of my Instagram followers recommended to me. I have now played tennis a number of times whilst wearing the outfit (see video below) and I have been pleased to discover it doesn’t make me feel too hot, even inside an indoor heated tennis court. The leggings are also able to hold a couple of balls on each side, which is very handy but does perhaps lead to a rather lumpy silhouette!
• UUAAAAH! • What noise do you make after mishitting a ball in tennis?! Here's another clip from my Sunday training, with some forehand action this time. 🎾💪🏼 #tennis #tennistraining #tennispractice #tennisplayer #tennispassion #tennisgirl #tennislove #tennislife #lovetennis #tennisgirl #tennisaddict #forehand #tennislesson #tennislessons #instatennis #instatennisstar #tennismotivation #tenniscourt Wearing: @nafftasport
What I really like about the outfit is the ‘preppy’ look of the white v-neck top, with navy blue and dark red stripes. Now, I might not be particularly knowledgeable when it comes to preppy fashion, but I do know the main features you need to incorporate to get the look, which are:
- pleated skirts, polo dresses, tops with collars, v-neck tops (preferably with a stripe)
- colours that are predominantly white or cream with stripes/blocks of navy, burgundy, dark green, and brown
- a wooden racket (optional for playing with, but makes great photos for Instagram or Pinterest!)
Here are three brands that can help you perfect that preppy look on the tennis court:
1. Tory Sport