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Apparel: New Fashions Spring to the Net!

By Cynthia Sherman

Fall Fashion week in New York previews the colors, styles and patterns to come for spring, and tennis is no exception when it comes to taking cues from the runway. Pink, aqua, vibrant blue, flashes of orange, bright green, black and white combinations, neutrals, and color-blocking make their marks in playable soft fabrications that are tough on the court and kind on the body.


The sentimental nature of current fashion harkening back to the Art Deco ‘20s style shows up this spring in Fila tenniswear. The Heritage collection — in particular this racer-back “carwash” Essenza jersey dress in a poly/spandex blend — takes its cue from the pleated vintage style skirt. An internal bra tank tops the flirty skirt in blue night Calypso Coral and white combination. Retail is $90. / 410-773-3000


Animal prints are just as hot for spring as they were for fall. Tail capitalizes on this trend by featuring an alluring zebra print dress with built-in bra in soft bloom pink with black. Striking complementary color-blocked classic fitted separates add to Tail’s Animal Instinct line. Price ranges from $49 to $85. / 305-638-2650


Green is back and better than ever in this sleek cut-and-sew one-shoulder citrus color-blocked tank with built-in bra. Paired with a citrus skirt, all in a deliciously soft poly/spandex blend, the outfit also comes in graphite and both pieces together retail for about $120. / 301-362-0360


Black and white is always in style and color-blocking continues its momentum with crisp separates from Eliza Audley. The Over-The-Moon tank is a micro-poly-spandex blend in an optical design. Paired with the staple white A-line skirt available with or without shorties, the ‘e’ logo is emboldened with Swarovski crystals. Made in the U.S., the top retails for $92; the skirt for $64. / 262-691-4770


Pretty in pink and yes, pink is going strong in this yummy raspberry sorbet and white racer-back tank/skirt outfit from Pure Lime that screams femininity, function and style in a poly/elastine blend. Skirt and top retail for $64 and $68 respectively. / 516-468-1722


Venus Williams’ launch of her EleVen line promises to be a reflection of high fashion and performance wear that can transition from baseline play to off-court easy living. The popular spring color palette for the Color Bloc poly/spandex line is emphasized in a trio of aqua, white and beige dress. The dress, which retails for $88, comes with a built-in bra. / 800-803-6612

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Cynthia Sherman is a contributing editor for Tennis Industry magazine.



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