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A few seasons ago, the eagle-eyed fashion editors at T&C happened upon a curious trend: the co-opting of tennis skirts for off-court style, whether it's for brunch dates in Brooklyn, or morning grocery runs, or even—we're not kidding—in-flight comfort. Fast forward to now, tenniscore has never been trendier with It girls everywhere rocking the pretty pleated numbers, in addition to wearing tennis dresses, tennis sweaters, and even tennis necklaces galore.
Perhaps it shouldn't come as a surprise. It wasn't that long ago that it was deemed completely appropriate to wear Lululemon leggings everywhere. But with tennis skirts, one could argue there is more of a best-of-both-worlds compromise to the look, between wanting a super-short hemline for the post-pandemic debut of Pilates-toned legs and not feeling quite ready to give up the comforts of athleisure. Also, with those built-in shorts, couldn't it be that the tennis skirt—and its cousin, the golf skirt—is truly the last, and only, acceptable way to incorporate skorts into an adult wardrobe without feeling like a second grader? Maybe these early adopters are onto something after all.
Below, the best tennis skirts for on and off the court. No athletic ability required.
Court Skort 4.5"
Since it was founded in 2013, Outdoor Voices has become a millennial cult favorite thanks to its high quality—but affordable—athleisure separates. This skort is no exception.
Court Rival High Rise Skirt
If Lululemon yoga pants are acceptable for brunch (among other non-athletic things), so are the tennis skirts.
Everyday Cloudful Air Crossover Side Pocket 2-in-1 Tennis Skirt
Between the oh-so-flattering silhouette and the hidden side pockets, what you have here is a the perfect tennis skirt ideal for anything on your agenda.
Tech Twill Pleated Tennis Skirt
Thanks to sharp tailoring, a pretty A-line silhouette, and elegant pleat details, no one will know you're wearing a tennis skirt.
Match Point Tennis Skirt
For the hottest of summer days, turn to this breezy Alo Yoga skirt, which is crafted of ultra-lightweight jersey.
Short Pleated Skirt
For those who simply want to dress like a tennis pro without breaking a sweat, opt for this wool miniskirt, with its gold buckle details and stitched pleats.
Court Victory Dri-FIT Tennis Skirt
Nike's version is flatteringly high-waisted and equipped with Dri-FIT technology for a seamless transition straight from court to brunch.
Pleated Textured Stretch-Jersey Tennis Skirt
With a lightweight construction and cute textured design, this breezy number just might be the most fashionable tennis skirt on the market.
The Everyday Skort
It's all in the name with this skort that you can wear from pickleball to the supermarket to drinks with friends without a second thought.
Jacquard Glenplaid Tennis Skirt
Everything about this plaid skort is giving Cher Horowitz—and we're here for it. Off-court, pair it with a black turtleneck, tights, and chunky loafers, and voila! You'll be the chicest and preppiest gal around.
Midtown Tennis Skirt
Looking to refresh your athleisure collection? Who better to turn to for that than Wilson, the leading brand in all things tennis? Consider this quick-drying, breathable pleated mini with UV protection—perfect for the court and beyond.
Cosmos Quick-Dry Tennis Skirt
Tennis champion—and fashion mogul—Venus Williams designs every single piece in her EleVen clothing line (including this corset-inspired number), so a flawless marriage of form and function is guaranteed.
Retro Red 15 Inch Tennis Skirt
Thanks to its lightweight, sweat-wicking fabric, this statement skirt is suitable for any high-performance activity on the summer itinerary, from running and hiking to tennis and pickleball.
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