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How To Wear Tennis Inspired Fashion

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On the JJ Barnes Blog, as tenniscore explodes in the google search trends, I check out how to wear tennis inspired fashion this summer!

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Sports and athleisure often inspire fashion trends, and summer 2024 is putting centre-court chic in the limelight. Worldwide searches for ‘tenniscore’ exploded by 345% according to Google Trends, and online interest in ‘tennis outfits’ has also risen by 228% throughout Great Britain and Ireland in the last year, according to Pinterest Trends, as well as 80% for ‘sporty outfits’. 

The tenniscore trend was likely inspired by the release of The Challengers (2024), which made $15 million on its opening weekend and had a legendary press tour with fashion icon Zendaya, who wore tennis-themed dresses, shoes and more on the red carpet.

As someone who isn’t particularly fashion forward and mostly lives in leggings and a baggy T-shirt, I thought I ought to get some top tips on how to wear tennis inspired fashion in my day to day life. To help me out, the experts at Zizzi Fashion sent over a list of tennis-inspired fashion ideas to help us embrace tenniscore this Summer.

There’s no doubt that ‘tenniscore’ is this summer’s most in-demand fashion trend. To embrace tennis-inspired fashion this summer, remember to wear each item in whichever way feels comfortable and natural. For example, people can wear pleated skirts alongside other athleisure, although they will also style well with everyday clothing, like knitwear and this season’s trending trainers. In short, ‘tenniscore’ is individual to the person and can be moulded to fit their style, just like any fashion trend.

-A spokesperson at Zizzi Fashion

How To Wear Tenniscore

Pleated Skirts

Pleated skirts are the epitome of tennis-themed fashion. The iconic skirts are worn by professional tennis players every year, whether they’re slaying at the French Open or Wimbledon. This year, however, pleated skirts have left the tennis court and made their way onto the catwalk.  

Lacoste’s Fall/Winter 2024 collection at Paris Fashion Week was the perfect example of ‘tenniscore’ breaking into the fashion world. The collection had multiple tennis-inspired outfits, including mini and mid-length pleated skirts in hues of green, brown and black. 

It’s safe to say that pleated skirts will be out in full force this summer. There are countless ways to sport a pleated skirt, including pairing them alongside cowboy boots, graphic t-shirts or denim jackets. They’re a versatile tennis-themed trend that can be moulded to each person’s individual style.  

Tennis Dresses 

Tennis dresses are made for the court. Although, if this year has made one thing clear, it’s that the short and sweet ensemble also belongs on the red carpet, dominating this summer’s ‘tenniscore’ fashion trend.  

Zendaya wore multiple dresses on The Challengers (2024) press tour. In Rome, the actress turned heads in a silver plunging tennis dress. The pleated bottom and striped detailing were iconic nods to this season’s trend.  

Tennis dresses can also be styled casually. Pairing tennis dresses with boots, denim jackets, trainers and pull-over jumpers can create an effortless, casual look for summer. 

Polo Shirts

Polo shirts are an iconic, versatile piece of clothing. The collared shirts have made waves in multiple fashion trends throughout history, from 90s mod-style polo shirts to this year’s preppy trend revival – and they’re back for ‘tenniscore’ 2024.  

Miu Miu’s Spring/Summer 2024 collection featured numerous polo shirts. The brand’s models sported classic navy blue shirts and an oversized, striped shirt in brown. Both styles are unisex and can be worn by anyone with a taste for tennis-inspired clothing. 

Plus, there’s no “right” way to wear a polo shirt. To channel classic court-centre chic, people can wear fitted polo shirts layered with a retro jumper tied around their shoulders, paying homage to Princess Diana’s timeless style in the 90s.  

However, there are other, more casual ways to style polo shirts. Hayley Bieber, for example, looked effortlessly chic in a striped polo shirt paired with baggy denim jeans and an oversized leather jacket, as pictured in 2023. This casual take is an easy way to embrace tennis-inspired fashion this summer. 

Centre-Court Colours 

Last, but certainly not least, is centre-court colours. White is undoubtedly the number one colour for this year’s tennis-inspired fashion. Whether someone sports a tennis dress or a polo shirt, all-white outfits embody the elegance and class of the sport.  

Although, this year’s ‘tenniscore’ fashion trend also embraces brighter, bolder colours. Zendaya wore multiple green-coloured outfits on The Challengers (2024) press tour, including a tennis ball green gown that stunned at the film’s afterparty. If that doesn’t scream ‘tenniscore’, nothing will.  

Don’t stop at green, though. In addition to embracing centre-court colours, people can wear tennis-inspired fits in a range of hues. Think pink tennis skirts, brown polo shirts and more – the list goes on and on and on.  


  • Google Trends 
  • Pinterest Trends 


Remember, tenniscore is all about embracing a sporty-chic aesthetic. Don’t be afraid to experiment, mix and match different pieces, and personalize the look to reflect your own style. Whether you go for a classic pleated skirt and polo combo or a more modern take with sporty separates, have fun and embrace the playful spirit of summer fashion.

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