The US Open starts next week, but you don’t have to wait for the first game of the Grand Slam tournament to get in the tenniscore mood. Tennis fashion is everywhere right now, and while the sporty aesthetic is having quite a viral moment, it’s not just a fleeting trend. Tennis-inspired clothing has been popular for decades and the look is here to stay, both on and off the court. As much as we love a preppy tennis sweater or a glittery tennis bracelet, there’s no denying that the classic tennis dress is an activewear staple.
The tennis dress is surely one of the most iconic pieces of women’s workout clothes; it is both sporty and elegant, and strikes the perfect balance between style and function. Indeed, fashion factor aside, tennis dresses are usually made of sweat-wicking, stretchy, compressive and supportive material; they usually have built-in shorts and some have pockets specifically designed to hold tennis balls.
A tennis dress is really any dress you can play the sport in – comfort is key, but it’s all about personal preference. You can’t go wrong with a classic vintage-inspired tennis dress, with a pleated skirt and preppy stripes, but we love modern interpretations of the practice dress too, in a rainbow of colors with more dramatic silhouettes, like an asymmetrical neckline or tutu-inspired skirt, akin to Serena Williams’ Off-White x Nike ensemble at the US Open 2018. Below, check out the best tennis dresses that promise to serve an ace in style.
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Tory Burch Tory Sport Performance V-Neck Tennis Dress
Embrace the retro aesthetic with this preppy pleated tennis dress from Tory Burch.
$245, shop now
Polo Ralph Lauren US Open Performance Jersey Dress
Nothing could be more authentic than this Polo Ralph Lauren tennis dress, part of the brand’s US Open 2022 collection.
$198, Buy Now
Adidas Tennis London Y Dress
This white Adidas tennis dress is made from moisture-wicking material that doesn’t compromise on style or performance.
$130, shop now
EleVen by Venus Williams Wave Dress in Fuchsia
Grand Slam champion Venus Williams knows firsthand what makes a quality tennis dress, and while her line does a lot of classic white dresses, we love the eye-catching hue of this fuchsia number. It’s also super practical, thanks to a supportive bra, breathable yet moisture-wicking fabric and four-way stretch.
$98, shop now
NikeCourt Dri-FIT Victory Women’s Tennis Dress
Go back to basics with the preppy V-neck tennis dress from Nike; it has a high V-neck and a subtly ruffled skirt. This one doesn’t come with built-in shorts, so you’ll have to purchase those separately.
$85, shop now
Recreational Habits Chris Tennis Dress in White
This sleek workout dress has tennis court green trim details and a flattering, fitted silhouette.
$135, shop now
Athleta Ace Tennis Dress
This no-frills black tennis dress is made from recycled compression fabric, with a half-zip neckline and back pocket.
$54.99, Buy Now
Alo Charmed Tennis Dress
Alo’s perfectly preppy collared tennis dress has button down details and a polo-inspired collar.
$118, shop now
Vuori Volleyball Dress
Minimalists will love this simple white tennis dress, with clean lines and a high neckline.
$98, shop now
Koral Pivot crepe tennis dress
For a classic white tennis look, try Koral’s Scoop Neck Open Back Mini Dress.
$150, shop now
Reformation Leslie Ecomove Zip Front Active Dress
Reformation’s adorable tennis mini dress features a polo neck and country club-worthy zipped neckline.
$98, shop now
Ace Outdoor Voices Dress
Outdoor Voices is the source of so many of your favorite practice dresses, but we might just have to play favorites with this chic white tennis dress, which has a pleated skirt, half-zip collar, built-in shorts and is made of breathable fabric that wicks away moisture. materials.
$108, shop now
Gigi C. Avery tennis dress
This chic, A-line black tennis dress has unexpected laser cutouts and is already equipped with built-in shorts and a built-in bra, for extra support.
$210, Buy Now
Year of Ours Racer Tennis Dress
You don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort and ease with this adorable white tennis dress, complete with built-in shorts and performance fabric.
$167, shop now