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Court Appeal

The latest tennis apparel features something for every player.

By Cynthia Sherman

Ace Collections

Ace Collections is a year-old company making a big splash out of Canada. They combine classic styles with smart white coordinates trimmed in signature “Ace” plaids of red, blue, green, or yellow. Ace Diva is a youthful and fitted poly-spandex line, sporting a 13-inch skirt length and features go-with bags and accessories. The Ace Classic line is geared to 35- to 65-year-olds and fabricated of a high-quality Supplex, which is more forgiving and flattering. The skirt in the Classic line is 14 inches long and the Ace plaid trim runs up the side of the skirts and dresses. ace-collections.com; 416-932-3308

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Tail

Tail combines functional, breathable fabrics with dynamic color blocking of bright marina blues and yellows; and graphic prints in coordinating pieces in pink, whites, grays, and black. Black is also featured with canary yellow, white, and silver accents in clothing that moves well on and off the court in box-pleats, A-lines, and flirty flouncy skirts and matching tops. tailinc.com; 305-638-2650

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LBH

LBH/Lily’s/Wimbledon combines fashion and function in all their lines. Lily’s clothing is elegant with a more forgiving fit in contemporary looks. The decidedly feminine Bella Donna group’s graphic black and white print tops in “tactel poly-spandex” combine with solid-black flouncy skirts. LBH, geared toward the 35-plus crowd, has a contemporary feel and transcends court wear to active lifestyle wear. The Wimbledon line focuses on the classic looks of the ’70s updated in stylish combos of white, jacquard, and plaids with colorful trims. lbhgroup.com; 310-768-0300

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Bolle

Blue is Bolle’s theme for its “Planet Blue” group, slated for September delivery. Comprised of skirts, skorts, shorts, and a stylish mix of go-with tops, the line shows off medium blue and white pieces, mixed with trims and color blocks of black, yellow, and blue. Classy blue and white pinstripes are a highlight of this fashionable court-savvy group. bolletenniswear.com; 888-977-7272

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Fila

The Fila US Open Collection features traditional-retro red, white, and blue updated in contemporary looks and linear patterns in youthful feminine silhouettes. Poly-spandex dresses, skirts, and tops highlight this collection and will be prominently featured at the Grand Slam event. fila.com; 800-845-FILA

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Bälle de Mätch

Bälle de Mätch goes after the junior fashion category in a big way with funky shorts, tank tops, and hoodies. A trendy red hooded sweatshirt pairs up nicely with green shorts and popular mix-and-match pinks and reds are featured in tank tops and shorts. This “tweener” category ships in December. balledematch.com; 949-574-7305

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Prince

Apparel will be a huge focus for Prince. For the fall, the trendy, youthful “Tour” line in shades of pink, rose, and gray sports skirts and tank tops with mesh for breathability in poly-lycra-spandex blends. The accompanying men’s “Tour” collection goes retro with zip-front shirts and shorts in gray, red, and white for a striking fashion statement. princetennis.com; 800-2-TENNIS

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Lejay

Lejay’s “Opposites Attract” collection features a new take on the very “in” black-and-white combo. A splash of geometric and animal prints creates an abstract yet sophisticated look. Trendy details like rhinestones accent this stylish theme group. Delivery scheduled for Aug 15. lejay.com; 800-932-7535

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In-Between

Last fall, In-Between Sportwear introduced plus sizes and fills a much-needed niche in this fashion group. They feature mix-and-match skirts, performance shorts, tops, leggings, and undergarments in sizes 2-24. White, black, navy, and red combine with lime and coral in pieces that go from on-court to off. In-Between’s Courtshorties line is a staple in active “innerwear.” tennissportswear.com; 800-892-2035

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About the Author

Cynthia Sherman is a contributing editor for RSI magazine.

 

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