The attire of the tennis court has long held sway over fashion, from the crocodile-emblazoned cotton-piqué polo shirts popularised by Grand Slam champion René Lacoste to the ruffled white lawn dresses worn by the likes of Gertrude “Gussie”Moran and Lea Pericoli. Courtside style is still hotly sought after: Lyst, a fashion search engine, reported a 35% increase in searches year-on-year for polo shirts and a 29% increase in searches year-on-year for tennis skirts.
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Full Length Mink Fur Coat with Shawl Collar & Bracelet Cuffs (Demi Buff, XS)
Bottega Veneta knitted minidress, £1,520, net-a-porter.com
Casablanca x Bulgari bag, £2,090
Shiffon CoTennis pinky ring, $2800
Lacoste pleated skirt, £80
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There’s no shortage of tennis-inspired clothingThis season. Bottega VenetaLacoste has teamed up to make a contemporary version of the tennis dress with a drop waistline and contrast-green stitching. APCBulgari has partnered Casablanca to create a collection of white and grass-green leather accessories to serve an elite collection of courtside staples. Take 1980s-era Chris Evert or an old picture by Slim Aarons as your style cue. “We have seen a rise in demand for tennis-inspired fashion, with customers looking for that ’80s and ’90s country-club look,” says Net-a-Porter’s senior market editor Libby Page.
Tennis style is largely based on its traditions, but new brands like the Copenhagen-based menswear label Palmes Tennis SocietyThe, which were launched last year, are helping shake off the conventions. “I’d never really felt that tennis was for me,” says founder Nikolaj Hansson. “I think there’s this notion that tennis is slightly elitist and a bit upper class, and that’s because of how it’s always been portrayed.”Palmes Tennis Society was designed for fashionability as well as performance. Hansson is an avid player. The panelled shorts fit comfortably three tennis balls in each pocket. Organic cotton sweatshirts and polos as well as vests and vests inspired by those worn by Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, and Boris Becker.
Brunello Cucinelli tennis bag, £2,050
Gerald Charles GC Sport watch, £14,300
Palmes Tennis Society also posts editorial content on its website, such as guides on how to hold a racquet, and hosts informal tennis events in cities around the world to encourage more people to play and broaden the sport’s appeal. “That’s why we’re called Palmes Tennis Society, because we want to be open to anyone,” says Hansson. “The white clothes, the country club, the strawberries and cream – I love all those things, but they can be excluding. My purpose with this is to pass the joy of tennis on to more people.”
Anya Hindmarch bespoke tennis balls, £35 for three
Tory Sport jersey tennis dress, £230
Kate Spade heeled mules, £225, zalando.co.uk
Palmes Tennis Society towel, £35