In Italy we seem to jump straight from summer to winter, with only a glimpse at autumn. As you can see from my Instagram video from earlier this week, I was not prepared for playing tennis in the cold and I slipped back into my general fitness/running/activewear wardrobe. Although tennis is seen as predominantly a summer sport, nothing will stop me from training this winter, even if I do need to do it inside a giant, dark, cold balloon. And nothing with stop me from trying to look my best, though I now realise this will take a bit of planning and effort, and so I have started to prepare my winter tennis wardrobe.
As you will have realised if you follow my Instagram feed, or have read some of my previous blog posts, I like to wear tennis skirts and dresses. So I set myself the challenge of finding two additional items of clothing (I decided to restrict myself to 2 pieces, as I am running out of wardrobe space!) that would allow me upgrade as much of my current tennis apparel as possible, for the winter weather.
The two items I chose were a pair of black leggings (with a zip at the ankles) and a lightweight jacket, both from Oysho and very reasonably priced.
Winter Tennis Look 1
Here I have simply put my black and white Oysho dress (seen here by itself) on top of the leggings. The jacket will be great for warming up, and then I can play with the dress and leggings alone. Of course this monochrome look goes perfectly with my Idawen tennis bag. The leggings can be taken off if I get too hot, and replaced with the black Lycra shorts that come with the dress.
Winter Tennis Look 2
Here I have replaced the Oysho dress with my Ellesse dress (seen here by itself). Again, I can easily take the leggings off and replace them with shorts, if needed.
Winter Tennis Look 3
I have worn this black and white Oysho top and black Australian skirt many times together (you may have noticed that it is what I am wearing in my Gravatar) and it lends itself perfectly to the addition of black leggings. In this case it is difficult to take the leggings off, as the skirt has built-in shorts, so I would need to keep this outfit for really cold occasions.
Winter Tennis Looks 4 and 5
My colour block tennis skirts (one from Decathlon and the other Lululemon) are very easy to match with these black leggings and a black tank top. Again, these skirts have built-in shorts and so I can’t easily whip the leggings off, so this is a look for the especially colder days.
What I am still missing, however, are some long sleeved tops for when it is too cold for my tank tops (even after I have warmed up) and so I have added some of my favourites to my winter fashion wishlist, whilst I make some additional room in my wardrobe..!
You can also find a few other ideas for winter tennis gear on the wishlist, and I’ll continue to add to it as I discover more fall/winter tenniswear over the coming months.