Tennis Industry magazine


Couture Look, Court Function

From classics to contemporary, tenniswear for spring takes its cues from the fashion runway — with functional features, too.

By Cynthia Sherman

Tennis apparel has become as much about function as it has about fashion. In addition to combining the technical fabrics that emphasize moisture-wicking and breathability, durability and UV protection are also part of the mix.

The tennis-fitness category for spring 2012 continues to take its cues from the runway. From preppy classic to contemporary patterns, the clothing also reflects the fashion colors of next spring: neutral dark blues, white, black paired with bright spring greens to the softer teal-hued shades, brighter yellows, vibrant rosy-pinkish reds, pinky-lilacs, deep purples, and hot tangerines. All these shades integrate into traditional tennis whites.


Talk about contemporary classics: The cheerleader look of the apple green and white of Fila’s poly/spandex Center Court Semi Circle Skort also comes in black/white and white/black. Any combination is sure to shine with Fila’s take on the Varsity Jacket, updated in a nylon spandex French terry in black/white/apple. For the style-conscious traditionalist, Fila’s Heritage line for men still has the fashion-forward edge due to a combo dip-dye of its signature red, white and blue in a men’s crew and solid poly Heritage short. • 410-773-3000


Wilson, which previewed its new collections at a runway show in New York during the US Open, follows spring colors true to form with pops of super pink, bold cyan blue and white in its Passion and Sweet Spot lines. What Wilson calls a “liquid stretch finish” on its garments aids in movement, comfort and breathability. Skorts, dresses, tops, jackets and pants are available in a variety of combinations. A cut-in tank dress sports a hexagonal dot patterned tri-color burn-out mesh. The striped back waistband gives way to a box pleat and front seam vents. An internal bra makes the smashingly colorful dress complete. • 773-714-6400


The Chip and Charge collection portrays the palettes of the season. The use of dark blue as a neutral to offset the white and vibrant pinks of the pebble pattern is a direct reflection of designer colors for 2012. The “hydrotech” and performance jersey in the racer-back dress focus on moisture-management and enables comfort and shape-holding stretch. • 305-638-2650


Bolle’s Sea Breeze group sports the ocean’s color hues that are so prevalent for the season. Done in aqua, black and white, movement on the court is easy due to the incorporation of moisture-wicking properties and a forgiving poly/spandex blend, which has a shapely but forgiving fit. The bold geometric print on skirts, tops and dresses updates this spring color palette. • 301-362-0360


Black and white never goes out of style and can be worn year round. At the forefront of fashion in Eliza Audley’s spring collection is Fancy Filagree. Maintaining the qualities of form and function, this group could go from court to cocktails and was inspired by English wrought iron that Audley says was present everywhere during the coverage of the Royal Wedding last April. The curls and swirls of the stitching create the filigree look and lends softness to the color-blocked fabric. • 262-691-4770


Under Armour’s basics will be available now through spring and they’re worth noting, because while they possess the shaping fit and breathability that’s desirable, the palette is straight out of the design playbook. A solar yellow Charged Cotton Crew makes a statement with the Perfection Pink and yellow-trimmed Great Escape short — suitable for tennis and running. Both pieces come in a vast array of colors. All colors will suit up nicely with their ribbed-waist Slice Solid Skort in either white or black. • 888-727-6687

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Cynthia Sherman is a contributing editor for Tennis Industry magazine.



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