The best tenniswear brands are very aware of 2022’s fashion-first take on courtside dressing. After seasons dominated by high-design athleisure and balletcore, tenniscore has emerged as this year’s answer to a string of anything-can-be-core revivals inspired by classic sports aesthetics. According to industry insiders and experts creating the latest collections, there’s a logic behind this slice of inspiration.

“Tennis has always been associated with elegance, including from a sartorial point of view,” says Catherine Spindler, chief brand officer of Lacoste. Spindler acknowledges that style codes are influencing traditional fashion houses and making their way far beyond the country club. Spindler points out that former tennis champion René Lacoste founded the brand in 1933 with deep roots in the sport—he developed a ball-throwing machine for training solo and later invented the polo shirt, “which has become a fashion icon adopted by all.” Now, these “sporty influenced pieces are worn in a professional environment as well as for an evening out,” she says.

Plus, people are actually playing tennis, pickleball, and racquetball again. “We started to see a resurgence of people playing tennis and racquet sports during the pandemic as a way to be active and maintain social distance,” says Shannon Quarantino, vice president of e-commerce at Splits59. Now, the company is seeing “major growth” in demand for its tennis category designed to “wear on the court and after for cocktails or brunch.” So is Alo Yoga’s now-infamous Varsity tennis skirt, an influencer staple in social feeds from TikTok to Instagram. “Our skirt is feminine and fun yet still ideal for being active, incorporating integrated short pockets that can hold tennis balls for functional fashion,” says Danny Harris, one of Alo’s CEO, the brand that “offers fashion from studio to street.” Harris agrees with Spindler and Quarantino on the categories for everyone—and everywhere—appeal “from the tennis court to a café.”

Below, Vogue’s ultimate guide to the best tennis brands, from court essentials to designer drops.

“People are ready to be back outdoors doing their favorite activities, and we’ve seen this reflected in the success of our tennis collections,” says Joelle Michaeloff, head of design at Wilson Sportswear. Its most recent tennis-inspired pieces (including a collab with Supreme) are “made for athletes at every level.”

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Wilson Ace seamless bra top

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Wilson Gibson tricot pants

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Wilson Gibson tricot jacket

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Supreme Wilson tennis balls

“The Billie Dress is a tennis-inspired look and just launched as a part of our Nap Dress Summer collection,” says Nell Diamond, founder and CEO of Hill House Home. “Sporty and chic, the dress is made from cotton pique, and has the same feel as a classic polo shirt, a fun nod to its inspiration. It also features a vintage-inspired rickrack trim for a little something extra.”

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Hill House Home Billie dress

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Hill House Home Billie dress

“Lacoste’s unique positioning, at the crossroads of fashion and sport, is particularly relevant in a world where there is a real fluidity of use that has become seamless,” Spindler says. For its just-launched collaboration, APC lends its cult appeal to the label for a collection of smartly striped polos, chill sweats, and exaggerated crocodile iconography.

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APC x Lacoste white polo shirt

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APC x Lacoste cotton piqué baseball cap

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APC x Lacoste soft cotton socks

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APC x Lacoste striped polo shirt

Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, and Venus Williams (who has her own Eleven by Venus Williams line, below) are some of the best tennis players in the world that act as Lacoste ambassadors. “This wardrobe, imbued with the brand’s strong fashion DNA, is part of a desire to respond to new lifestyles,” Spindler says of Lacoste’s aim to “create versatile clothes to accompany women’s lives.”

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Lacoste V-neck cable knit sweater

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Lacoste loose-fit flowy piqué polo shirt

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Lacoste Heritage oversized crocodile bomber jacket

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Lacoste light pleated tennis skirt

A tennis loyalist, L’Etoile sport founder Yesim Philip tapped designer Veronica Beard to infuse a technical collection with feminine edge. Airy pointelle-knit and tennis ball-inspired neon trim offer stylized details on pieces that function during play.

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l’Etoile Sport x Veronica Beard grosgrain-trimmed pointelle-knit mini tennis dress

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l’Etoile Sport x Veronica Beard grosgrain-trimmed pointelle-knit tennis skirt

Tory Sport’s tennis totes are a user-favorite—and often sold-out. This convertible version features a removable racket pocket for easy wear.

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Tory Sport convertible stripe tennis tote

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Tory Sport tech piqué side-slit tennis skirt

Venus Williams imbued her lifetime of expertise and unapologetic approach to on-court fashion into a streamlined collection of tenniswear. Color blocking and smart seaming deliver the kind of style she brought to her winning matches, whether at Wimbledon, the US Open, or those seven Grand Slams.

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EleVen by Venus Williams Champs halter crop top

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EleVen by Venus Williams Champs high-rise pants

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EleVen by Venus Williams break-point colorblock tennis skirt

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EleVen by Venus Williams Swing Warrior criss-cross tank

Both of Marysia’s scalloped tennis dresses are court-ready thanks to built-in sports bras and shorts. Plus, they’re made from moisture-wicking recycled seersucker fabric, which is Net Sustain–approved.

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Marysia Bianca scalloped stretch recycled-seersucker halterneck tennis dress

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Marysia Serena scalloped recycled seersucker tennis dress

An après-match jacket made from over three quarters of recycled polyester, a second-skin fabric for form-fitting bike shorts, and bralettes are featured in Splits59 tennis collection, which is designed for comfort. Plus, the light-as-air fabrication won’t leave you overheating on a summer day.

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Splits59 Fox recycled Techflex jacket

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Splits59 Raquel high-waist flared leggings

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Splits59 Amber airweight bralette

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Splits59 Amber airweight high-waist shorts

Whether strolling across a Parisian courtyard or an actual tennis court, Adidas designed its Y-backed dress with removable shorts and a print celebrating the gardens surrounding Roland Garros stadium. Plus, it’s made from a yarn spun with 50% Parley Ocean Plastic to clean up pollution while it cools.

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Adidas Paris tennis Y-dress

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This is a cool riff on vintage fleece après-tennis sweats. Yony delivers a collection that blends recycled cotton with ethically sourced cotton from certified farmers employing more sustainable practices.

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Yony oversized Racquet Club sweatshirt

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Yony Racquet Club sweat shorts

The house of Gucci has joined the match. From logo stretch viscose tennis skirts and cardigans to striped jersey shorts and tennis dresses, the latest ready-to-wear collection serves its signature style codes.

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Gucci stretch viscose cardigan

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Gucci stretch viscose skirt

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Gucci jersey dress with web

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Gucci jersey shorts with web

For tenniscore enthusiasts, Recreational Habits offers a Steffi sweater vest that’s of the moment and a Williams cropped crew. The latter is surely named after the sisters that have dazzled a generation, whether watching their strategy live on the television screen or their life story on the silver screen.

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Recreational Habits Steffi cricket sweater vest

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Recreational Habits Williams cropped crew in cream

Casablanca’s Paris-born designs are a stylish take on a tennis club that anyone can join. The silk scarf is an uber-luxe take on a classic pro trick—soak it in ice water and tie it around the neck for an instant summer cool down.

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Casablanca Tennis Club silk shirt

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Casablanca Tennis Club bandana scarf

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Casablanca Tennis Club crewneck sweatshirt

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Casablanca Tennis Club motif organic cotton shorts

Balenciaga’s strength of late is capturing the most basic cultural markers and turning them into cult classics. For its tennis socks, one set glows in the dark, and the other plays as pretty-in-pink Paris frill.

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Balenciaga Cities Paris tennis socks

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Balenciaga glow-in-the-dark tennis socks

For serious players, Nike fabrics are designed to perform. Its pleated dri-fit tennis skirt and keyhole tank wick away moisture for a more comfortable win.

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Nike Court Dri-Fit Slam tennis tank top

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Nike advantage pleated Dri-Fit stretch tennis skirt

Designer Marguerite Wade has infused her sense of color theory into Full Court Sport’s industry-favorite staples. The chromatic collection, from technical dresses and skirts to terrycloth wristbands and headbands, is made to play well together.

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Full Court Sport bold tennis dress

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Full Court Sport embroidered terry headband

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Full Court Sport bold tennis skirt

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Full Court Sport embroidered terry wristband

The popularity of FP Movement’s Way Home Shorts has made them practically go viral. Here, the high-waisted and smocked design arrives as a skort—and for those that love a onesie, consider its iteration as a skortsie.

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FB Movement by Free People duo mini tennis skort

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FB Movement by Free People Way Home skort

The fan-favorite Varsity Tennis Skirt is available in more limited-edition shades than ever, like the season’s favorite shade of Pink Sugar and Magenta Crush. Consider a feather-light cardigan for post-practice coverage.

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Alo Yoga rib-knit cropped whisper cardigan

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Alo Yoga varsity tennis skirt

The supermodel-favorite line launched its recycled activewear collection late last year, and its baby blue tennis dresses and fitted halter crops are more relevant than ever. “The entire line was made to wear when you please, as you please,” says founder Francesca Aiello of her no-rules vision.

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Frankies Bikinis Swift tennis dress

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Frankies Bikinis Lively halter sports bra

Somewhere in between balletcore and tenniscore lies Terez’s pleated designs and pastel pullovers. Built-in shorts and tulle overlays give a particularly specific sweetness to the sporty silhouettes.

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Terez ballerina pleated tennis dress

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Terez Sugar Swizzle rainbow sweatshirt

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Varyley’s London–to–Los Angeles design aesthetic influences its sleek and straightforward designs. Zip into the fitted polyblend Ardine Tennis Dress, or tuck a tennis ball into the hidden pocket of these Let’s Go stretch jersey shorts.

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Varley Ardine pleated tennis dress

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Varley Let’s Go stretch-jersey tennis shorts

For eco-forward activewear, Girlfriend Collective turns single-use water bottles into comfy basics. Each of these waterproof shells diverts 34 bottles from landfills directly into wardrobes.

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Girlfriend Collective Hummingbird recycled shell jacket

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Girlfriend Collective moss Birdie woven skort

Lululemon reminds us that although tennis whites have become ubiquitous in the sport, sometimes winners dress in black. Quick-drying jersey makes its polos and dresses perform on the court—as well as the golf course, for double duty.

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Lululemon Court Crush jersey tennis dress

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Lululemon technical-jersey polo shirt

Aerie’s Real Me tennis skirt has risen to TikTok fame for its easy wear design and friendly price point. This ultra-stretch quarter-zip pullover leaves room to move, volley, and slice.

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Offline by Aerie Home Stretch quarter-zip sweater

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Offline by Aerie Real Me pleated tennis skirt

The Upside married the skort, the tennis skirt, and the short into a pleated jersey hybrid that performs like all three. A stretch waistband and pockets make it one of the season’s easiest grabs.

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The Upside Ace Isabel zipped polo shirt

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The Upside Ace Jaynee ribbed-jersey skort

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