Women’s tennis skirts are the trendy wardrobe bottoms you didn’t know you needed — until now. Athleisure—oh, how we love you. Never before has it been so fashionable to look like you just came from the gym without having, you know, actually gone to the gym. Bike shorts? We love ’em. Leggings? We got ’em. Sweat suits? We wear ’em. Basically, if it has an elastic waistband, requires zero effort, and somehow makes us look like a yoga-practicing, Barre-doing goddess, we’ll take it … and we’ll take a second one with pockets, please.
Why do female tennis players wear skirts?
According to professional fashion stylist, competitive tennis player, and fellow Mama, Soneca Guadara, female tennis players wear skirts for comfort and to make their mark in the male-dominated sports world. “[Tennis skirts are] comfortable and with the Spandex underneath, it allows for full range of motion,” she says.
The amount of options to set yourself apart on the court is endless (I mean, just check out the 13 choices below). “Today, women have an array of color choices and styles to pick from…” Guadara adds. “They are fun, flirty, and feminine! Given that sports are typically male-dominated, it’s nice to see some feminity on the court.”
That’s why we’re so thrilled that tennis skirts are having a moment right now. With sweat-wicking fabric, flirty hems (combined with full-coverage shorts underneath of course), and preppy pleats for days, they’re exactly what we want to be wearing around the clock, 24/7. Whether you’re running errands or lounging on the couch watching Disney characters and 90s cartoons with your kids, there are plenty of options out there for every mood. From Lululemon to Outdoor Voices to Nike, these are the best tennis skirts you can buy right now—no serving (or sweating) required.
Best Tennis Skirts For Women
Versatility rules supreme as far as this athletic mini skort from Penn Store is concerned. Everything from the navy hue to the performance jersey material make it the perfect option for #MomDuties. The pull-on closure and banded waist take the effort out of getting dressed in the morning. If you like to do intense Zumba workouts in the comfort of your bedroom or living room, then you’ll be good to go. This bad boy won’t budge—no having to constantly pull and tug to keep everything in place (if you know what we mean). The jersey material will keep you cool while wicking away moisture. It even has POCKETS for those little on-the-go essentials that you can’t leave home without. Bonus: The ergonomic design is ultra-slimming while enhancing the natural leg shape.
Going for a run? Taking the kids to the pool? Heading to a brewery with your partner? No matter what you’re doing this summer, this tennis skirt is what you should be wearing, according to 2,600+ (!!) reviewers. Available in 11 colors from black to bright pink, the double-layered skirt has an adjustable waistband along with pockets that are big enough to hold your iPhone. Take it from this mama: “Stop—you’ve found the skort you’ve been looking for. If you’re worried about your thighs chafing under a skirt, it’s the perfect solution for you. It was for me. It fits so good and it’s the perfect length: not so short that it shows off too much but it not so long that it looks like I’m going to church. BUY IT!”
Instagram is great for a lot of things: stalking your ex (yes, you’re prettier than his new S.O.), getting recipe ideas (have you ever looked at the #foodie hashtag?!), and discovering the trendiest new brands. One of which, by the way, is Outdoor Voices. The cult-favorite activewear brand has a wide variety of apparel but we’re really obsessed with its sporty exercise skort. Made of breathable, lightweight fabric, it has a shorts lining underneath (don’t worry, it’s completely hidden when the skirt is down) which even has a pocket for your phone on the side. Convenient, comfortable, and cute? How can we say no!
The Ace Tennis Skort from Atheta is one of those clothing items that you live in. It features hem-grippers so there is no ridding up while you’re active or scutching up on the couch, It’s got tons of pockets (3 to be exact) that are hidden in the most-flattering way, and it’s lightweight and super comfortable. To be honest, what more could we want?
Just do it. That isn’t just what you tell your kids when you’re trying to get them to eat their vegetables—it’s also Nike’s motto and exactly what we’re telling you when it comes to debating whether or not you should buy the brand’s most popular tennis skirt. It’s made of Nike’s moisture-wicking material that uses DryFit technology to keep you sweat-free and comes in a variety of colors including classic white, deep burgundy, and even bright turquoise. The skirt also has a soft shorts lining underneath complete with a pocket for tennis balls (or snacks TBH). Still wondering if you should click add to cart? We’ll say it again: Just do it.
Yes, we love Outdoor Voices so much that we’ve added another tennis skirt of theirs to the list! The Court Skort may be one of the easiest things to move around in (aside from wearing shorts or going au naturale). “Literally! The! Best! Skirt!” said one reviewer. “I’m a tall gal and it’s hard to find workout skirts that actually cover me and this is FANTASTIC.✨”
High Wasited Tennis Skirts
Want to feel like you’re wearing workout clothes without actually looking like you are? Same—which is why we (over 1,800 shoppers) are very into this tennis skirt that could easily be mistaken for a regular A-line skirt. However unlike that pricey linen J. Crew skirt you have hanging in your closet, this one is just $26 on Amazon and is made out of a material that is lightweight, stretchy, and, most importantly, wrinkle-resistant. Plus, since it comes in both solid colors and prints like floral and leopard, you can wear it right from the office to the gym and neither your coworkers—nor the cute guy on the treadmill next to you—will suspect a thing.
Business in the front, party in the back. No, we’re not talking about mullets—we’re talking about this super cute tennis skirt on Amazon. The front is a sleek, flattering slim fit that says “‘I’m a grown woman” while the back features preppy pleats that say “But I like to have fun.” And by fun, we mean you like to wear things that you can run around in without worrying about flashing everyone in sight, both of which you can do (or rather, not do, for the latter) thanks to the skirt’s stretchy fabric and the shorts lining underneath. Bonus: It has not one but two pockets for carrying all your essentials when you’re doing said running around.
The day we learned that high-waisted everything is trendy again was the day we realized there is in fact good in this world (and the day we ate an extra snack because hey, that waistband will suck it all in!). This tennis skirt does just that with its extra wide band that sits high on your waist. Paired with the flouncy, flared fit at the bottom, it makes for one heck of a flattering skirt on every body type. According to hundreds of reviewers who gave it a five-star seal of approval, the skirt is longer than most tennis skirts (give us all the coverage!) and has a perforated short lining that’s incredibly breathable (perfect for your lady parts).
Pleated Tennis Skirts and Skorts
Raise your hand if you—or rather, your bank account—have ever felt personally victimized by Lululemon (we want one of everything, please). It’s easy enough as it is to blow your budget on all the leggings, tanks, and sports bras your heart desires but we’re adding one more thing to the mix (a.k.a. your cart): the Pace Rival Skirt. It has trendy band detail and is made with the stretchy, sweat-wicking Swift fabric that Lululemon is so famous for. Available in classic navy, white, and black, the skirt even has a zip pocket at the back of the waistband, a front inner pocket, and a side pocket made just for your phone—perfect for holding your essentials when you’re out and about.
It’s a skirt … it’s a short … it’s a skort! A fresh take on the trend you used to rock as a kid, the Adidas Gameset Match Skort is as suitable for the grocery store as it is for the court. It’s extra flattering thanks to a body-skimming fit and flouncy bottom. And, if you do end up working up a sweat (it’s called “power grocery shopping — heard of it?), you’ll appreciate the moisture-absorbing AEROREADY material. Get it in black or white to match any and all of your tops.
This A-line skort is perfect for the court with its mesh ruffle hem and elastic trim on top of the ruffle, giving it a nautical, Americana look (although there are several color variations). Expect 100% comfort and 100% style.
Behold, the quintessential white tennis skirt (courtesy of Tory Sport, no less!) that looks damn good on and off the court. Equal parts timeless and sporty, this pleated white number is the definition of athluxury. Toss on an oversized sweatshirt and your trustiest kicks for a dialed down look. Running after the kiddos post-naptime (their naptime, not yours… a mama can dream though)? Toss this on for a one-and-done outfit. Running errands around town? Once again, this hero piece has got you covered from a.m. to p.m. Make sure to act fast! Only L and XL sizes are left for this popular skirt.
Looking for more ways to upgrade your wardrobe this summer? Check out our top fashion picks for mamas here.