The US Open is in full swing. This week’s schedule includes qualifying matches; the official play begins on August 29th. US Open Schedule (Cover photo credit: Photo by Pete Staples/USTA and photo caption: American Whitney Osuigwe defeated Mirjam Bjorklund of Sweden, 6-3, 6-6.)
Serena Williams has announced that she will retire after this tournament. Read about her in Vogue, Serena Williams Says Farewell to Tennis On Her Own Terms—And In Her Own Words.
I’ve recently been reading about a trend called Tenniscore. “Tenniscore is the blending of modern athleisure (like the popular Alo yoga tennis skirt) with a vintage country club aesthetic.” If You Liked The Coastal Grandmother Aesthetic, You’ll Love Tenniscore
My family is a tennis family. We played tennis, watched tennis, and had some great tennis outfits. Unfortunately, I can’t find any pictures of us playing tennis. It has been several years since I’ve played; my racquet is in my closet, probably outdated and unusable. With my history with tennis, I was pleased to read about a tennis-based trend. I’m also still a “preppy” girl at heart, I loved wearing my polos, monograms, and sweaters draped on my shoulders.
Read about the history of fashion in tennis in Allure: A Fashion History of Tennis Uniforms
From 2019 Who What Wear article, I Don’t Play Tennis, But These Vintage Celeb Tennis Outfits Are Ace
From June 2022 Vogue, Rackets At The Ready, Tennis Skirts Are All The Rage Right Now
How do you dress in the trend?
You can achieve the Teniscore trend by wearing visors, pleated skirts, polo shirts, tennis dresses, tennis shorts, loafers, cable knit sweaters, tennis sneakers, and carrying a tote bag—bonus items: a tennis bracelet or necklace.
From Stylecaster, “While tenniscore obviously takes on a literal purpose on a tennis court, it can also act as an aspirational aesthetic for every day. Pleated skirts can be paired with crew socks and worn with loafers or sneakers as a transitional look from summer to fall. Knit-striped sweaters should be tied around your shoulders at any possible opportunity (pretty much every time you’re wearing slacks). And an oversized sporty tote bag can be a practical replacement for your old work or weekend bag. Essentially, if it’s preppy, sporty and practical, you’ve successfully scored the tenniscore aesthetic.“
Read more in Glamour, Tennis-core Is the Ace Trend to Embrace Before Summer Ends. “As is typical with on-court outfits, the tennis-core palette is understated silhouettes and colors: Whites, creams, yellows, greens, and blacks all look great against the hard green clay courts most associated with the sport. In the same vein, classic exercise dresses, ruffled skirts, cotton polos, and visors are also staples.“
Where to shop:
US Open collaborations:
Shop clothing and accessories at Wilson. https://www.wilson.com/en-us
Ralph Lauren Debuts 2022 U.S. Open Tennis Collection, “Ralph Lauren, which is known for its preppy, all-American style, supplies all the uniforms for on-court officials as well as the ballpersons, and for its 17th year as the official outfitter, went for a fun, bold and colorful twist on the classic Ralph Lauren aesthetic.” Shop the collection: U.S. Open Tennis Collection
For men from GQ, The best tennis brands to serve big looks on the court
For women from Vogue, The Best Tennis Clothing Brands to Help You Ace Your Court Style
Athleta: Tennis and Golf
Tuckernut Tennis and Golf collection
Tennis sneakers – Choose almost any sneaker brand, and you will find a tennis option. The brands I remember wearing during my tennis playing days include Tretorn and K-Swiss.
The tennis bracelet (and necklace):
The history: The True Story That Served Up The Tennis Bracelet. “The tennis bracelet is a staple in any fine jewellery collection, as is its slightly less famous sister, the tennis necklace. Classic pieces, they make marvellously tasteful gifts, and are almost always prefixed with the word “timeless”. Tennis bracelets are often worn stacked in multiples, a trend that started in the ’20s when the design first became popular – although back then it was known as an eternity bracelet. It wasn’t until much later that the “tennis” moniker was introduced, a development that – according to a story oft-referenced in jewellery circles and elsewhere online – can be traced back to when 18-time Grand Slam winner (and three-time Wimbledon champ) Chris Evert lost her diamond bracelet during the 1987 US Open, and insisted on dramatically stopping play until it was found.“
Add Some Sparkle to Your Wardrobe With These Chic Tennis Bracelets If you want a bracelet with diamonds, it will be expensive. However, there are many cheaper options made with an alternative to diamonds.
The Ultimate Yuppie Status Symbol, a Diamond Tennis Bracelet, Goes Mass. “Once the territory of conventional jewelers both mass (Zales) and high-end (Cartier and Tiffany), tennis jewelry is being disrupted by retailers like Dorsey, the Last Line, Ring Concierge, Vrai, Mejuri, the Clear Cut and Brilliant Earth, with some offering Gen Z-friendly selling points such as transparent supply chains, colored stones or personalization.”
Dorsey has a lab-grown model is that is currently sold out. “Dorsey gemstones are engineered in a lab meant to mimic the conditions in which the stones naturally develop beneath the Earth’s crust. So they have the same physical and chemical properties as mined stones, but without harm caused to the environment or those who mine for them. Lab-grown gemstones are more affordable than mined gemstones but the quality, sparkle, and timelessness factor remains the same.”
You can buy an paired down version of the bracelet.
For a really cheap version, you can shop on Amazon.
InStyle magazine has approved the faux necklace: This $34 Faux Tennis Necklace From Amazon Looks Like the Real Deal — and I Wear It 24/7
The L.L. Bean Tote:
I own a few of these bags in different sizes and added a traditional monogram.
The latest trend is to move away from traditional monograms and add fun or ironic word or phrase. You have a total of ten characters to create your custom monogram on a tote bag.
How 7 People Chose Their Ironic Boat and Tote Inscriptions. “The L.L.Bean canvas bags known as “Boat and Totes” have been around since 1944 and have generally been worn by people who are preppy, Waspy, and almost certainly a mom. Now that the bags have been taken up by the people, they are being embroidered with trendy phrases such as “flop era” and “Fuck Greg Abbott” instead of the more traditional initials or name inscription. It’s called irony, honey. And the internet is obsessed.“