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11 best tennis dresses for every style and budget in 2022

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You don’t have to have a solid serve to look great in a tennis outfit. You don’t even have to know what Wimbledon is. And you definitely don’t have to be a country club member to look great in a classic tennis dress. Tennis may have a reputation for being “suffocating”, but the truth is that tennis is a deeply athletic game, not for the faint of heart. , too). You will also see the term “active wear” or “performance wear” used interchangeably.

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The best tennis dresses, at a glance

Best Overall: Outdoor Voices court dress, $108
The most inclusive: Paloma Girlfriend Collective Racerback Dress, $88
The most versatile: Year of Ours Racer Tennis Dress, $167
Best Front Zipper Option: Southern Tide Brenna Zipped Front Performance Dress, $138
Best Classic Style: EleVen by Venus Williams Wavy Dress, $98
Best option without shorts: Alo Charmed Tennis Dress, $118
The most elegant: Reformation Farrah Ecomove Active Dress, $98
The most relaxed: Lacoste Stretch Polo Dress, $93
Best Budget Pick: Athleta Ace Tennis Dress, $70
Ideal for high impact: NikeCourt Dri-Fit ADV Slam Dress, $100
Best madness: Tory Burch Performance V-Neck Tennis Dress, $248

What is a tennis dress, exactly?

So what makes a tennis dress… a tennis dress? Usually it has built-in shorts, but not always, and the fabric is often a poly/spandex blend designed to wick away moisture. Always check the laundry care label, but tennis dresses are generally machine washable and should not be dry cleaned. They’re designed with athletic performance in mind, leaving wiggle room in the skirt for racing. Some even have pockets specifically designed to hold tennis balls.

Even if you never plan to pick up a racquet in your lifetime, tennis dresses are great alternatives to shorts and t-shirts when you’re doing something active (running errands or hiking, for example). example), but still want to look well dressed. . They’re also a great option for hot, sweaty weather – they’re breathable, easy to wear, and easy to put on and take off.

What to look for in a tennis dress

The answer here is comfort, and that means stretchy, soft, durable and moisture-wicking material. We reached out to tennis coach and former professional tennis player Valeriia Efimenko, who summed up what she looks for in a tennis dress. “The key is comfort, breathability and design,” says Efimenko. “I want to be able to move in my gym clothes, but also look like a runway model.”

Our picks for the best tennis dresses vary in price and style, but they’re all designed to be comfortable and easy to put on, while still being cute enough to wear off the court.

Read ahead of our favorite tennis dresses on the market right now.

The best tennis dresses

Best Overall: Outdoor Voices Court Dress – $108.00

If it has the Hailey Bieber and Gisele Bundchen stamp of approval, then sign us up. Austin-based athleisure brand Outdoor Voices is known for their leggings that fly off the shelves, but they also have a gorgeous collection of active dresses. We love this one, in particular, because it has side cutouts; something you rarely see on a sports dress. But not only does it add a dimension of style, the cutouts make it more breathable. Plus, it’s available in bright colors like seafoam and tangerine, if you’re looking for something more cheerful than your standard tennis white. And the squort style is awesome because it has the illusion of a dress, but has built-in shorts with pockets deep enough for your iPhone.

Sizes available: XS-XL

Material: 86% Polyester, 14% Elastane

Color options: 3

Biggest Size: Paloma Girlfriend Collective Racerback Dress – $88.00

This active racerback dress from Girlfriend Collective is based on their best-selling sports bra, so it’s ideal for medium-impact sports. Their eco-friendly fabrics are made from recycled materials, yet are so soft and comfortable. And this particular style is ideal if you tend to sweat a lot (hey, who among us doesn’t?), because white can be unforgiving, so it comes in darker tones like dark green and midnight. Additionally, Girlfriend Collective is one of the most inclusive active brands out there, with sizes ranging from XXS to 6XL.

Sizes available: XSS-6XL

Material: 79% recycled plastic bottles, 21% elastane

Color options: 4

Most Versatile: Year of Ours Racer Tennis Dress — $167.00

Athletic brand Year of Ours has the ultimate “effortlessly cool” aesthetic that works on or off the court. This stretch jersey dress has inner shorts for optimal movement, but it also has elegant bodice detailing on the front that sets it apart from your typical active dress. It’s functional enough for an intense tennis match, but you can also pair it with low heels and it instantly becomes a weekend brunch outfit.

Sizes available: XS-XL

Material: Active stretch jersey 87% polyester, 13% elastane

Color options: 3

Best Zipper Front Option: Southern Tide Brenna Zipper Front Performance Dress – $138.00

Southern Tide is known for its college gear, if you went to a big college and want to show off your school spirit. But they also have a range of tennis and performance dresses, like this zip-up active dress in sky blue. It is made of nylon and spandex, and the best feature is that the shorts are removable and not sewn into the dress, so the choice is yours. Which is super convenient because you don’t have to get totally naked just to take a little bathroom break.

Sizes available: XS-XL

Material: 91% nylon, 9% elastane

Color options: 2

Best Classic Style: EleVen Wavy Dress by Venus Williams – $98.00

Venus Williams is the queen of her sport, so of course we had to include a tennis dress from her line, EleVen by Venus Williams. Additional note: It also offers a range of excellent sunscreens, the perfect companion for a scorching day on the courts. If you want that classic Wimbledon style, go with the all-white racerback dress which has a wavy design for added punch. But if you want to tap into your Barbie tennis girl, she’s also available in neon pink.

Sizes available: XS-XXL

Material: 83% nylon, 17% elastane

Color Options: 1

Best Option Without Shorts: Alo Charmed Tennis Dress – $118.00

Alo’s airbrushed material is super flattering and slimming, and it’s a great choice if you prefer an active dress that doesn’t have sewn-in shorts. It looks more like a “dress dress”, but it’s active enough to wear on the tennis courts or during a very intense day of racing. And you can easily dress it up by replacing your running shoes with a pair of leather sneakers.

Sizes available: XXS-L (note: Alo’s size is unfortunately limited)

Material: “Sculpting Signature Airbrush Fabric”

Color options: 4

Most Stylish: Reformation Farrah Ecomove Active Dress – $98.00

You might not realize it, but Reformation actually has a really good selection of tennis and sports dresses. And their Farrah Active Dress is our pick for the most stylish tennis dress. It’s made with built-in shorts and looks chic enough to wear while lounging on the French Riviera. It is also available in a pretty daisy pattern and a solid sky blue.

Sizes available: XS-XL

Material: 79% Repreve recycled polyester, 21% elastane

Color options: 3

Most Casual: Lacoste Stretch Polo Dress – $93.00

If you’re looking for something comfortable and sporty, but not necessarily a “sports dress”, this cotton polo dress from Lacoste is your best bet. It’s chic, breathable and laid-back, so it’s ideal for running off the court. It has that “I play tennis” look, even if you’ve never picked up a racquet in your life.

Sizes available: 32-44 (size is limited, maybe due to sale price and inventory)

Material: Cotton

Color Options: 1

Best Budget Pick: Athleta Ace Tennis Dress – $70.00

Athleta is Gap’s activewear line, and at just under $70, it’s the best budget pick on our list. It comes in white, black, and pepto pink, and it has a mesh back pocket designed to store tennis balls between sets. It doesn’t have built-in shorts, but it pairs well with their Ultimate Shortie Gym Shorts.

Sizes available: XXS-3X

Material: Recycled polyester, lycra

Color Options: 3

Best for High Impact: NikeCourt Dri-Fit ADV Slam Dress – $100.00

Nike, of course, is iconic. And this pick is the most “athletic” tennis dress on our list. For one, it has the pleated skirt style, which many people associate with the traditional tennis look. It’s eco-friendly, made from durable materials, and Nike’s Dri-Fit fabric is designed to wick sweat away from your skin for quick evaporation. And the dress’s mesh panels allow for extra breathability.

Sizes available: XS-XL (sizing is apparently limited due to inventory)

Material: Recycled polyester

Color options: 1

Best Splurge: Tory Burch Performance V-Neck Tennis Dress – $248.00

If you want to splurge and get creative, you can’t go wrong with Tory Burch’s performance tennis dress. It sums up that classic country club look: green and white colourway, V-neck and pleated skirt. It’s got a bit of a ’70s retro sportswear feel, and if you really feel like splurging, you can pair it with the matching Tory Burch Convertible Tennis Tote.

Sizes available: XS-XL

Material: Performance jersey

Color Options: 2

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