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5 Editor-Approved Ways To Wear Tennis Skirts

Learn how to style the sporty trend off the court.

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Perhaps inspired by the upcoming U.S. Open tournament, many style enthusiasts have recently embraced the classic tennis skirt as part of their everyday wardrobe. The latest athleisure trend — following bike shorts, yoga pants and sports club-esque fleece suits — has emerged as one of the most popular looks this summer, as Instagram and TikTok users take turns to share how they dress up the sporty chic item. Nike‘s Court Victory Skirt in particular has even landed a spot on Lyst’s report of the hottest fashion products for Q2 2020. As tennis skirts continue to sell out quickly at sportswear retailers, it seems like the sometimes pleated, sometimes wraparound silhouette isn’t going away anytime soon.

Below, see five editor-approved tennis skirt outfit ideas that will take you from the court to at-home date nights. For more style tips, take a look at how HYPEBAE editors like to wear their cozy sweats.

Casual Shirting

Nike Court Victory Women's Tennis Skirt White Black Swoosh

For an effortlessly cool weekend ‘fit, swap your tennis polo for a simple white button-up. Here, we’re styling the NikeCourt Dri-FIT Skirt in royal blue with a short-sleeved cotton shirt from Off-White™. An unassuming shoe like Veja’s Esplar sneaker and a minimal, ’90s-style handbag like BY FAR’s Baby Amber patent leather purse will tie the look together. To accessorize, reach for your favorite pendant necklace, like this Swarovski crystal-embellished logo chain by Vivienne Westwood.

Varsity-Inspired

Nike Court Victory Women's Tennis Skirt White Black Swoosh

Whether you’re a student or not, you can look to the timeless collegiate wardrobe for some style inspiration. This outfit pairs a pleated tennis skirt from Lacoste with a chunky, cable-knit vest, making it especially perfect for transitional weather. A statement-making sneaker, like this color-clashing Nike Blazer, injects playfulness to the ensemble. Gold-tone jewelry will add even more interest to the look — we recommend Fallon’s herringbone necklace and these drop earrings from Berlin-based label Uncommon Matters.

Chain (Belt) Reaction

Nike Court Victory Women's Tennis Skirt White Black Swoosh

With the right accessories and footwear, you can easily dress up the tennis skirt for an evening-appropriate look. To elevate this black-on-black set (made up of a Nike logo skirt and a Totême stretch knit tank top), cinch your waist with a chain belt, like Gucci’s vintage-inspired design. Finally, a pair of chic, open toe mules like Amina Muaddi’s Lupita silhouette and some bold eyewear like FENTY’s “Acid Green” Off Record sunglasses complete the date night-friendly outfit.

Terrycloth Club

Nike Court Victory Women's Tennis Skirt White Black Swoosh

If you’re after a retro vibe, consider going for textures like terrycloth. Australian brand Terry makes a matching set that nostalgically nods to ’70s resort wear. Both the spread collar shirt and the mini wrap skirt are made of breathable cotton. To stay warm on summer nights, drape a sweater over your shoulders — we have our eyes on Casablanca’s knit jumper featuring an orange and blossoms motif. A carryall like Peace & Quiet’s “Naturalist” tote bag and sleek Velcro strap sandals like The Row’s keep the look understated and chic.

Swimwear as Daywear

Nike Court Victory Women's Tennis Skirt White Black Swoosh

Pro tip: you can repurpose your favorite beachwear pieces as summer tops. A one-shoulder bikini top like Haight’s goes perfectly with adidas x Lotta Volkova’s cherry red A-line tennis skirt. As the fall season approaches, layer on top a crewneck sweatshirt on chillier days. Style your now grown-out hair with a claw clip and carry your daily essentials with a cute mini bag (we love Daniëlle Cathari’s Puff Bag). Now, throw on some Stan Smiths and you’re all set.

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