Tennis Fashion for Spring/Summer 2018: My Picks

This has been a long, drawn-out winter and I am starting to get cabin fever from playing tennis week in, week out in a large, stuffy heated balloon. But luckily I live in Italy and I know that very soon we will have lots of warm, sunny days, and the clay court will quickly dry out, and I’ll soon be back to playing in the fresh air in my favourite summer tennis outfits.

It will soon be time to relegate those black leggings and black hoodies to the back of my activewear chest of drawers, and bring my colourful skirts, dresses and tops back to the forefront. I might even add some pastel pieces, as these feature heavily in the latest tennis fashion for spring/summer 2018. I particularly like the salmony orange colours introduced by adidas in their 2018 Roland Garros collection, and the Hawaiian feel of the latest Lucky in Love collection has me dreaming of long summer evenings (playing tennis and drinking Aperol Spritz!). Check out my spring/summer tennis fashion picks below and let me know what you think.

Please note that the links below are affiliate links and I will earn a small commission if you decide to make a purchase after clicking through the link. This helps to support my blog, and comes at no additional cost to you. You can actually get a 10% discount on all these products from Tennis Warehouse Europe by using my VIP code 40ISHLOV10 – happy spring/summer tennis shopping!

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The Best Women’s Winter Tennis Apparel

I know I should probably add more colour to my tennis wardrobe in the winter, but you just can’t fault a stylish black, navy blue, burgundy or dark green tennis skirt or pair of leggings. I am also a big fan of skeggings, but I tend to make them myself by wearing my tennis skirts on top of leggings. The benefits of buying or creating a pair of skeggings are 1) you have somewhere to put the ball (when I wear leggings I often struggle to get the ball in and out of the waistband) and 2) you don’t have to worry about whether the leggings have transparency issues when bending over to receive a serve. Many skeggings are mid-length, which can be perfect if you are playing indoors or the weather is not too chilly, but that might not provide enough coverage if you’re playing outside – in that case, just pair your favourite longer leggings with a skirt. And with these wintery colours it is very easy to mix and match. Check out the winter tennis apparel I have picked out for you below and let me know what you think.

Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and I will earn a small commission if you decide to make a purchase after clicking through the link. This helps to support my blog, and comes at no additional cost to you. You can actually get a 10% discount on all these products from Tennis Warehouse Europe by using my VIP code 40ISHLOV10 – happy winter tennis shopping!

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Is My Life Bidi Badu?

Apparently the Bidi Badu life is magical, slightly crazy, and always positive and authentic. Is my life Bidi Badu? My partner would definitely say I am slightly crazy (but who doesn’t talk to themselves in funny voices, sing songs from musicals in the shower and twerk whilst making dinner?!) and I try and be as positive and authentic as possible (also in this blog, which reminds me – I received some free clothing from Bidi Badu for this blog post, but I will, as always, give you my honest and unbiased opinion), but is my life magical? There have been, without question, a number of magical moments in my life, including trekking the Inca Trail for days to see Machu Picchu at dawn, sky diving over Fox’s Glacier in New Zealand, and snorkelling with sharks in Thailand. And I am sure I will continue to experience moments of magic in the future. So I think I can confidently say my life is Bidi Badu and I am thus well-placed to provide a review of their sports clothing 🙂

I received a LOT of clothing from Bidi Badu for this blog post: a dress, three tops and matching skorts/shorts, leggings, three t-shirts, and a lightweight jacket! The quality of all the pieces was extremely high, but there was such a wide range of colours and styles that, unsurprisingly, I found some of them suited me and were more to my taste than others. I have thus decided to select the outfits I liked best for this post.

My two favourite outfits come from the new Kilian Kerner collection: the Ambar Tech dress with its flirty white pleated skirt and longer shorts (much needed for such a short dress), and the Karin Tech Tank with its sexy black mesh back and matching Anna Tech Skort.

Bidi Badu tennis fashion

Bidi Badu tennis fashion

The black Lori Tech Capri leggings are super comfortable and come with a tennis ball holder, so they can be used for both training and matches. The two t-shirts I have matched with the leggings have such a cool fit that I would wear them both on and off the court. I have discussed in previous blog posts my desire to cover up more when playing tennis in the summer, to avoid overexposing my skin to the midday sun, and these leggings and the lightweight pink t-shirt will be great for that purpose.

Bidi Badu tennis fashion

Bidi Badu tennis fashion

Bidi Badu tennis fashion

The final look I selected is the coral Bella Tech V-Neck Tee (which just happens to match my nail colour right now) and the Nica Tech 2 in 1 Shorts in the same coral and navy blue. In the height of the Italian summer I wear shorts for anything from running, to fitness training, to tennis lessons, so I am sure to put these to good use.

Bidi Badu tennis fashion

Bidi Badu tennis fashion

I’d love to hear what you think about these outfits in the comments below. And if you are interested to see how these outfits perform on the tennis court, then make sure you follow my Instagram account as I’ll be posting some videos there soon.

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What to Wear To Play Tennis in the Spring

Although it is still a bit touch and go, the weather has certainly improved in Italy and I have already trained outside at least 3 times (take a look at my YouTube video to catch some clips of me training for the first time outside on clay this year). As we move from winter to spring, my everyday wardrobe starts to lighten up and I begin to replace black and grey with navy blue and white (I know, super adventurous!). I now need to do the same with my tennis wardrobe, and slowly wean myself off the dark hues I have been sporting these past few months, so that come Wimbledon I will be ready to don my tennis whites like a pro!

This task has actually been made very easy, as Tennis Warehouse Europe have just sent me a range of new spring tennis outfits to review, all by an Italian brand called Australian. Living in Italy, I was actually already familiar with this brand – my tennis coach is usually decked out in one of their tracksuits and I bought a black skirt from them last year as a last-minute addition to my wardrobe for tennis camp (it was one of the few tennis items I could find in my small town in the middle of August!) The brand is immediately recognizable from the cool kangaroo logo, and you may remember seeing it on the outfits of the Italian female Fed Cup players.

I decided to make a video of me trying on the outfits for my YouTube channel (see below), as I think that gives you the best impression of what the pieces look like when worn. To be completely honest, I don’t know if I would have picked out these items for myself from the photos alone, but now that I have tried them on, I am so impressed with the quality of the material, the fit and the flattering colours. They are also all very reasonably priced. So my spring tennis wardrobe is now sorted – the only trouble is, I’m now going to have to treat myself to some new tennis shoes to match all these beautiful spring tennis outfits! 😉

If you like this video, please do head over to my YouTube account and subscribe to my channel, so you get notifications of all my upcoming tennis videos.

What to Wear to the Australian Open

If you are travelling to the Australian Open this year, then please just know that I am very jealous of you and hope you suffer terribly the heat and jet-lag. Just kidding! I actually hope you will tell me all about how awesome it is in the comments to this blog post or on my Instagram page. Even though I can’t go, that doesn’t mean I haven’t imagined what I would wear if I could. So here is my take on what to wear to the Australian Open.

If you are a fashion-loving tennis fan on your way to the Rod Laver Arena and are not sure what to wear, my advice would be to go retro. Whilst real vintage tennis clothing doesn’t have the high performance characteristics that we expect from our sports clothing nowadays, I think that they are instead perfect for watching tennis in. And with the upcoming release of the Bjorn/McEnroe film, I think the end of 2017 is going to be all about the retro tennis look, especially considering the Björn Borg tennis apparel brand will apparently be releasing a vintage sportswear collection to go with the film’s release. FILA will also be kitting out their players for the Australian Open in pieces from their new Heritage range which takes inspiration from the original 1970’s FILA tennis fashion.

I am still piecing together my retro tennis wardrobe. As you can see in the photo at the top of this post, I have so far picked up an Ellesse tennis skirt (which I got from a fitness blogger on Depop – more on this app later), and I think it looks great with my navy blue Fred Perry polo shirt and Ray-Ban sunglasses. And here is how I would complete the look:

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  1. Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen. Before getting dressed, I would make sure I was well covered in SPF 50 sunscreen to protect my skin from the hot Australian sun, and what better brand for a tennis lover than SuperGoop! which is co-owned by Maria Sharapova.
  2. Ellesse Gadina Tennis Skirt – as modelled by me in the top photo!
  3. Idawen Bouza Navy Premium Bag  – any excuse for me to treat myself to another tennis bag!
  4. Stan Smith shoes
  5. Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses
  6. Fred Perry G12 shirt (a bit different to the model I have, but I like the stripes on the collar and sleeves of this new model).

If you want to be really authentic then do take a look on the Depop mobile, social shopping app as there are many people selling original vintage tennis skirts, dresses and shoes from brands such as Ellesse, FILA, Lacoste and Fred Perry. Just do a search for retro tennis or vintage tennis and you will find people in US, UK and Italy selling some very cool tennis kit at reasonable prices.

Let me know what you think of my retro “tennis spectator” look in the comments below!

 

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