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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Why I Prefer Running in the Winter

Have you ever gone for a run in winter? If not, why not – is it the cold that puts you off, or perhaps the dark mornings/evenings? Before I went for my first run in the winter, I was a bit apprehensive. I knew I hadn’t enjoyed doing sports at school during the winter and I couldn’t see why it would be any different now. But I wanted to go running, as it is so easy to put on a pair of trainers, step outside the door and run. From getting my kit on to stepping out of the shower after a run, it usually takes out no more than 1 hour from my day (that’s only about 4%!). Now, whilst research might indicate that it is more efficient to burn fat from body weight exercises and lifting weights, I still think that the challenges that running brings to your body and mind are worth it, regardless of whether you burn more or less calories. As I wrote in a previous blog post, I find running difficult, and that is exactly why I do it. Overcoming this difficulty is part of the strength I want to build in my body, even if it is more mental than physical.

Anyway, coming back to running in winter, before I went for my first run I made sure I was well equipped with the right gear. That is probably the biggest change to exercising in winter that has taken place since my schooldays. Not only do I now get to choose what I wear, today’s sportswear is typically made from high-performance fabrics that provide thermal insulation and moisture transfer. And there are some really stylish garments out there!

Running in the winter
Running in my trusty black Oysho leggings (with ankle zip detail) , Kipsta keepdry base layer and Oysho seamless sports jacket. (Despite taking hundreds of photos in burst mode, I still couldn’t find one without crazy hair…).

So once I had acquired the right kit and stepped out for my first run on a cold, winter evening last year, I discovered that I actually prefer running in the cold. In the summer, I find the sun and heat absorbs all my energy and I hate the way my head gets hotter, and hotter, and hotter, and I end up with a beetroot face that drives me crazy! Instead, when running in the cold, my body temperature is just right thanks to the right kit, and the cold air makes me feel like I have an air-conditioning unit directed at my face, regulating its temperature. And as a consequence I find it easier to keep going.

If you have never tried running in the winter, then I would definitely encourage you to invest in some warm running kit and give it a go. If you run during the dark mornings/evenings in winter, keep in mind the advice in the video below from This Girl Can Run on how to keep safe:

And here are a few final tips from personal experience:

  • I often wear wireless around-ear headphones to listen to music and keep my ears warm at the same time.
  • Even in winter, if I run during the day, I wear a high SPF sunscreen on my face to protect my skin (I usually wear the Avène SPF 50 tinted compact all year in place of traditional foundation).
  • I make sure I drink lots of water as even though I feel less thirsty compared to when I run in the summer, I do sweat a lot under my layers of running kit.

Do you like running in the winter? Share you experiences with me in the comments below.

5 Winter Tennis Wardrobe Looks

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.

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Winter Tennis Look 1

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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

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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

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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

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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.