Best tennis skirts and skorts to wear on and off the court

Ellie Davis

Ace summer dressing this season with pleated skirts that will take you from the court to the club.

The latest in the long list of 90s revivals, the classic tennis skirt (or skort) is serving up some major nostalgia.

While the biker short was ubiquitous last season, it is an entirely different piece of sporting apparel that fashion is co-opting for SS19 and we have a sneaky suspicion that you are about to see a whole lot more of the understated tennis-worthy skort.

High fashion labels like Maggie Marilyn and Thom Browne are offering up luxury versions of the silhouette alongside sportswear extraordinaires like Fila and Nike who have put their own spin on typical tennis fashion.

Whether you are playing on grass, clay or hard courts or simply heading to the pub, these skorts will always be a good call to prevent any accidental flashes.

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Best tennis skirts and skorts

Maggie Marilyn Say You'll Never Let Me Go Pink Skort

Taking the tennis skirt to the realms of high fashion, we are adding this chic baby pink pinstripe number straight to our basket. The skirt has a pleated detail over a pair of flattering shorts.

£150.84 | Intermix | Buy it now *On sale from £223.30

Trista Tennis Skirt by Björn Borg

If you are on the hunt for a performance skirt with designer appeal just look to Trista by Björn Borg. The brilliant white mini features lined inner shorts and an elasticated waistband for easy movement. The little tennis ball logo is a pleasant detail too.

£40 | John Lewis | Buy it now

Nike Court Essentials mesh and floral-print Dri-FIT tennis skirt

This skirt may be filed under ‘Court Essentials’ but we can totally see it as a warm weather go-to. Crafted from a breathable mesh fabric with stylish attached floral-print briefs — it's the perfect skirt to show off those cartwheels you've been practising.

£38 | Net-A-Porter | Buy it now

Tory Sport High-rise checked shorts

A Wimbledon wardrobe may be all-white but this green and white checked skirt from Tory Sport is certainly making a case for a bolder preppy look.

The high-waisted piece gives the illusion that of a mini skirt with a button side detailing but is actually a covetable short. Twist!

£112 | My Theresa | Buy it now *On sale from £160

Yellow Check Tennis Side Split Skirt

Think Cher from Clueless but with a sportier vibe. This tennis skirt has been given a major summer-inducing makeover in the form of this yellow and black checked piece that has all the 90s feels.

£15 | PrettyLittleThing | Buy it now

Fila Palma Pleated Tennis Skort

For a cool-school mood just ask Palma. Inspired by Fila's archival tennis skirt silhouette, the navy piece has a striped hem design and the brand’s patch logo embroidery.

£40 | Fila | Buy it now

L'Etoile Sport Stretch-jersey and pointelle-knit tennis skirt

Taking you from the court, to the streets, the L’Etoile Sport tennis skirt is equal parts practical yet fashionable. It is composed of a stretch-jersey fabric and embellished with a pointelle detail at the hem.

£175 | Net-A-Porter | Buy it now

Crosscourt Tennis Skort

Serve up some super stylish tennis chic with this Sweaty Betty skirt. The practical piece of activewear has a built-in pocket for tennis balls and a pocket at the back that can fit up to the size of an iPhone 8 or Samsung 9.

£65 | Sweaty Betty | Buy it now

Petite Buckle Detail Skort

Leaning towards the more fashion focused end of the spectrum, this wrap skirt elevates the traditional tennis silhouette with more evening appropriate proportions. The skirt is available in coral, black and pale blue.

£9.60 | Boohoo | Buy it now

Thom Browne Pleated wool skort

Thom Browne takes a classic navy pleated skirt and gives it a preppy chic makeover with built-in striped shorts and an asymmetric hemline.

£516 | Matches Fashion | Buy it now *On sale from £860

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Head Club Basic Skort

Invest in this Head skort and ensure you have all the gear to step up your tennis game a few notches. The piece has a high waistband with an elasticated, regular fit.

£24.99 | Decathlon | Buy it now

Valentino A-line wool-blend mini skorts

Not your classic tennis skirt but it may surprise you to learn that this elegant mini from Valentino features internal shorts that make the piece instantly more wearable. Available in ivory white or black, the skort is composed of a wool-blend crepe and even has side slip pockets.

£740 | Matches Fashion | Buy it now

Play Off The Pleats Skirt

Whether you are running, hiking or just popping to the shops, this skirt has a handy built-in shorts and are sweat-wicking and quick-drying. The best part? They have an interior secret liner pocket as well as storage at the back for all your tennis and non-tennis necessities.

£58 | LuluLemon | Buy it now

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NikeCourt Flex Maria Victory

Nike boasts an extensive range of covetable tennis skirts in an endless array of bold shades. Composed of a premium and lightweight fabric, the flattering skirt has a place to store spare tennis balls in the inner part of the shorts.

£42.95 | Nike | Buy it now

ASOS DESIGN Tennis Skort in Technical Fabric

For ASOS’ take on the trend, the label has cleverly designed a pair of shorts to resemble a tennis skirt with an elasticated waistband and belt loops.

£22 | ASOS | Buy it now

Tennis Technical Mesh Pleated Skirt

Ace professional tennis player dressing with the help of the iconic Lacoste tennis skirt. The piece is crafted from a breathable, technical fabric with built-in shorts and features the brand’s signature crocodile logo at the waistline.

£75 | Lacoste | Buy it now

The Serena Skirt

Designed in tribute and named after Serena Williams, Debroah Lyons is mixing up the traditional construction of tennis skirts. The designer recreates the silhouette in denim with a nod to the double denim trend of the 90s with the built-in shorts.

£260 | Deborah Lyons | Buy it now

Sergio Tacchini Abstract skort

With a large selection of designs to choose from, Sergio Tacchini gives the tennis skort a brightly coloured makeover. We are particularly fans of this abstract design that was created for the 2019 Australian Open. A long stading staple on and off the court, pair with the matching top, t-shirt or visor.

£49 | Sergio Tacchini | Buy it now