Let’s face it — activewear is now so much more than just something we throw on for the gym.
It’s a category of clothing most of us — myself included — find ourselves wearing a majority of the time. It’s got to be comfortable, flattering and able to make us feel confident (bonus points if it’s available in a matching set).
Just when it seemed like we were all about the bike shorts, enter: The tennis skirt. The cute but practical style began creeping into activewear last year but has really reached fever pitch in popularity in 2023 since the Australian Open.
“We have seen increased popularity around the preppy-collegiate trend over the summer, with #tenniscore trending on TikTok with over 224,000 views, which has driven the demand for the Tennis Skirt on and off the court,” Lorna Jane founder Lorna Jane Clarkson told news.com.au.
Here’s our round up of the best tennis skirts you can buy right now from Lorna Jane, Nike, Adidas, STAX. and more (racquet and ball not included).
BEST WHITE TENNIS SKIRTS
Cotton On Body Active Ultimate Tennis Skirt, THE ICONIC, $39.99
This affordable option from Cotton On Body Active gets a big tick from us for nailing the tennis skirt trend.
The mini tennis skirt has hidden shorts underneath for comfort and is made from a stretchy fabric that’s ideal for warm days.
Pair it with: Cotton On Body Active Ultimate Longline Vestlette, $39.99
Lorna Jane Deuce Retro Tennis Skort, Lorna Jane, $100
We love the retro feel of this Lorna Jane tennis skort. The built in shorts have a concealed ball pocket as well as a contoured gusset.
It also has an elasticated waistband and nails the retro look with its piped trimmings.
Pair it with: Lorna Jane Courtside Cropped Tank, $75
NikeCourt Dri-FIT Victory Women’s Flouncy Tennis Skirt, Nike, $70
Available in sizes 4 to 22, this skirt is ideal for the tennis court and everything in between. Made from lightweight fabric derived from at least 75 per cent recycled polyester, the single pleat at the front is designed to make it easy to run and slide while playing tennis.
AJE ATHLETICA Knitted Mini Skirt 628, AJE. ATHLETICA, $155
Strawberries and cream at Wimbledon anyone? We fell in love with this AJE ATHLETICA skirt at first sight for its decidedly retro feel. Made from a knitted rayon and nylon blend this A-line skirt is ultra flattering and looks great as set when paired with the matching Knitted Polo Top.
Pair it with: AJE ATHLETICA Knitted Polo Top 341, $155
The Upside Love Charlie Skirt, The Upside, $169.99
Nail your court side look with this perfect skirt from The Upside’s Tennis Club collection. Made from an organic cotton pique fabrication, this skirt has built in shorts and pockets as well as a comfy elasticated waist in a chic blue, red and white stripe.
Pair it with: The Upside Love Rory Bra, $99.99
ASICS Court Tennis Skort, THE ICONIC, $60
This is a great value skirt if you’re looking for something more functional than fashionable.
Made from 100 per cent polyester this skirt is lightweight and stretchy, with an elasticated waistband and built-in shorts.
STAX. AP Tennis Skirt, STAX., $59.95
Part of STAX.’s Anna Paul Love Collection, this skirt gets a big tick from us for its inclusive sizing. Like all of STAX.’s activewear it comes in a size XXS through to 4XL. While this tennis skirt doesn’t have built-in shorts it has a flexible waistband designed to cinch you in that can be folded down.
The pleated skirt flares out for a picture perfect full mini skirt.
Pair it with: STAX. AP Halter Crop, $54.95
BEST BLACK TENNIS SKIRTS
Nike Dri-FIT Advantage Women’s Tennis Skirt, Nike, $90
This skirt is designed to give you every advantage on the court, short of having Serena Williams as your personal tennis coach. Made from lightweight fabric that’s also sweat wicking, it has inner shorts and pockets, plus the skirt drapes in a way that won’t restrict you while playing.
Rockwear Milan Tennis Skirt in Black, Myer, $59.99
This classic tennis skirt comes with in-built shorts and is made from lightweight fabric that’s oh-so-comfy to wear.
“Love the style, cut, and comfort. Light skirt material, good in hot climate,” one five star review reads.
“Shorts under skirt are good length, not too long, not too short. A quality garment and pleasure to wear while playing tennis.”
Pair it with: Rockwear Milan Medium Impact Sports Bra in Black, $40 (down from $69.99)
Adidas Performance Club Tennis Skirt, THE ICONIC, $60
Made from lightweight material with Adidas’ Aeroready moisture-wicking technology, this skirt will help you put your best racquet forward.
Designed to move with you the skirt has built-in shorts and an elasticated waistband.
PE Nation Volley Skirt in black, PE Nation, $149
Part of PE Nation’s All Sports Corp. Collection and is designed to be worn while working out or just because.
The skirt has built-in shorts and is made from spray fabrication in a recycled material for a lightweight feel. Did we mention it has pockets?
Pair it with: PE Nation Title Game Tee in black, $89
BEST COLOURFUL TENNIS SKIRTS
LSKD Match Point Tennis Skirt, LSKD, $90
We are obsessed with the cobalt colour of this LSKD tennis skirt. With built in shorts and a soft elasticated waistband with the brand’s logo, the skirt has fine pleats that’s oh-so-light and breezy.
”Extremely comfortable to wear all day long – feminine without feeling like everything is on display. Stunning colour!” one five star review reads.
Pair it with: LSKD Sprint Sports Bra, $90
STAX. Core Venus Skort, STAX., $69.95
Part of STAX.’s new Core Collection (which replaces the best-selling Best Black Collection), this skort is made from the brand’s buttery soft NANDEX fabric.
The skirt has an elasticated waistband and a side slit for a flirty tennis look.
Pair it with: STAX. Core Blaze Crop, $54.95
WHAT TYPES OF EXERCISE CAN YOU DO IN A TENNIS SKIRT?
Besides tennis and golf, tennis skirts are suited for any kind of low impact exercise, especially walking.
“We’re seeing this essential summer piece showing up for ‘hot girl walks’ and on the high street as women style it with everyday pieces for a more ‘wear every day’ chic aesthetic,” Lorna Jane said.
Add a pair of bike shorts underneath, or purchase a tennis skort and either (are) perfect for pilates and yoga too.
CAN YOU MAKE A TENNIS SKIRT MORE DRESSY?
Absolutely you can — think like TikTok star Anna Paul or get inspiration from Cher Horowitz in 1990s classic Clueless.
“Dress up your tennis skirt with a crisp white shirt – tucked in of course – and some ballet flats or kitten heels,” Lorna Jane recommends.
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