We have already talked about how tennis influenced on modern fashion (and vice versa). Today, in a store of any price category, you can find things that came to the podium from this particular sport. They have many advantages: functionality, versatility and quality - yet sports brands are trying to make clothes comfortable and durable so that they can withstand any stress. In our selection - ten tennis things that can easily fit into your wardrobe for every day.
Text: Anna Eliseeva
This is the oldest Swedish brand that created its first tennis shoes back in 1900 (although its main focus at first was rubber overshoes). Tretorn began to gain popularity closer to the 70s: for example, the brand's sneakers were worn by the legendary athlete Bjorn Borg. Since then, their shoes have become tennis classics. Today Tretorn has simple sneakers in white or with colorful prints (leopard, zebra, tartan), as well as multicolored sneakers. If white shoes suddenly get bored, you can diversify them with interesting laces, as in this model.
If you want a classic tennis piece, then this Fred Perry polo is definitely the right choice. The brand began in the 50s by producing white shirts with short sleeves, and expanded the color range only a few years later. The brand's polo has been chosen and is still chosen by many musicians and actors - for example, in a white sweater, Blur's lead singer Damon Albarn, and here is Frank Ocean.
It's easy to put together a preppy look with such a model - add a contrast bomber jacket, straight sand-colored trousers or a plaid skirt, canvas sneakers or oxford boots. The thing is universal and will suit any clothes - jeans-pipes, pleated dresses below the knee, sundresses with wide straps and much more.
Lacoste has long been famous for its casual wear in the spirit of the tennis uniform. In a more budgetary line there are all the usual near-sports things - skirts, sneakers, shorts, jackets. Of course, you can buy them for playing on the court, but there is no reason not to add these to your wardrobe for every day. Wear your tennis dress as a stand-alone item, or pair it with polos, T-shirts, and jumpers. It can be paired with high-soled sneakers, bright running shoes or chunky sandals.
Oakley produces a variety of sports glasses: you can find both laconic small models in black (which were relevant in the 90s and 2000s), and bulky options with bright lenses - the legendary Agassi preferred to play these in these. Sports glasses are more versatile than they might seem: they are comfortable for playing on the court in sunny weather, for jogging, for cycling, or you can simply add them to an image in any style to make it more interesting.
The brand has been producing sports goods for over a hundred years, including for tennis (from rackets and balls to uniforms and accessories). Sometimes Wilson has interesting collaborations - for example, in 2018, a collection of retro sportswear was released in conjunction with Forever 21. On the official website, there is a simple sports uniform - and this is what is now relevant. For example, this cap will go well with any jeans, T-shirts and outerwear (even a classic raincoat).
Interestingly, Alessandro Michele included tennis pieces in his eclectic looks. In the Gucci collections, for example, there were headbands made in the likeness of a special accessory that protects against sweat drops and does not allow hair to tangle. In addition, some of the garments have retro prints reminiscent of tennis in the 70s. Of course, this is not a professional uniform, but in such a T-shirt you can easily imagine a tennis player of the past.
Today Nike is perhaps one of the most popular brands among tennis players.The company began to produce tennis uniforms since the 70s, concluding one contract after another with the most popular athletes. So, in 1986, the brand began to cooperate with Andre Agassi, who was distinguished by an unusual style for the court - he wore neon clothes and earrings. And Nike only supported his choice, releasing shoes and uniforms for the tennis player with multi-colored prints. The brand did the same for other athletes - remember, for example, Serena Williams' outfit of denim miniskirt and sweatshirt with rhinestones.
Today you can find traditional tennis clothes at Nike - laconic white sundresses, short skirts, tight-fitting shorts that look like bicycles. We would advise you to pay attention to other things - for example, in the spirit of the 70s. Our favorite is a skirt in a juicy neon shade: you can match any clothes in the same bright or, conversely, neutral colors. Try adding long athletic socks (although the look will be solid without them too).
The Italian firm began producing sportswear in the 70s and became popular almost immediately. Fila made clothes not only for tennis, but the brand has perhaps the strongest connection with this sport. Believed to have been made famous by star tennis player Bjorn Borg, he came to the court in a red and white suit with a distinctive logo inspired by the pop art of the time. A distinctive feature of Fila has always been a combination of sporty and casual styles.
This retro jacket is a classic from the brand. It will look especially impressive with trousers from the same series, a cap or a headband. You can experiment with things from different eras: wear a jacket with flared jeans or a pipe skirt, a thin turtleneck or crop top, canvas sneakers or flip-flops on a platform.
This skirt does not look like a sports uniform, but remember the history of tennis fashion - this skirt was worn by female players in the first half of the 20th century. This means that it will be combined with any kind of sportswear: polo and T-shirts, sneakers and sneakers, bomber jackets and ski jackets. Add a visor or cap to complete the look.
When it comes to the adidas-tennis connection, we can't help but remember the legendary Stan Smith sneaker, created in the 60s. Interestingly, at first they bore the name of the French tennis player Robert Haye. But after his retirement from the sport, the brand renamed the sneaker in honor of new tennis star and adidas partner Stan Smith.
Today the tennis line is not limited to them - everyone who is bored with the classic "stans" will find a convenient alternative. For example, simple court shoes, made entirely in white and with a distinctive logo (these were popular as casual shoes in the 90s, and similar ones can also be found at Nike). The main advantage of sports shoes is lightness and comfort under any load. And the white model fits literally everything.
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