How to Look Preppy on the Tennis Court

For Black Friday I decided to buy myself some tennis apparelย that I wouldn’t normally have chosen as it didn’t include a tennis skirt or dress. The reason was mainlyย because I wanted toย start getting used to wearing clothingย that covers more of my skinย 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,ย 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 timesย 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!

What I really like about the outfit is the ‘preppy’ lookย of the whiteย 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

Tennis. Shop by Sport.:

2. L’Etoile Sport

L'Etoile Sport tennis outfits

3. Lacoste



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I'm Helen (a.k.a. 40ish_love), and I have recently developed a passion for tennis and its fashion. Follow me on my journey to becoming a stylish tennis player, and hopefully you will also be motivated to don a tennis skirt and pick up a racket!

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