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Wimbledon may have been canceled this year, but that doesn’t mean we should pack away our crisp whites quite yet—just ask the crowd of influencers posing courtside in white tennis skirts filling our Instagram feeds. Tennis, anyone?
The white tennis skirt’s status as a summer staple could be a sign that we’re looking to dress for the events we are missing attending this year. After all, the tennis skirt’s (and skort’s) resurgence into everyday wear comes just in time for the U.S. Open later this month, an occasion we can actually dress for from a distance. Emma Elwick-Bates said it best: “Blessed by bountiful sun, it’s easy to lament the usual events of the season,” especially when it comes to sports. Though “we can still dress for the summer we want, and relive the highlights of years past and celebrate at home.”
But regardless of the occasion, many of us are finding ourselves reaching for the sporty yet sophisticated piece over our wardrobe’s traditional summerwear. Assistant market editor Madison Barker calls the tennis skirt the “everyday, on-the-run closet staple” she lives in for all summer activities. “Whether I’m working out, running to grab coffee, or actually on the court, my tennis skirt has proven to be the most versatile and effortless piece in my quarantine closet,” Barker said.
Consider pairing a classic pleated silhouette by Tory Burch with an oversized rugby polo or a ’90s-inspired pullover for a vintage varsity look. Or keep it monochromatic with Lacoste’s athletic A-line, Brother Vellies’s cozy Cloud socks, and a plain white sneaker. Versatile and effortless, it’s sure to serve the winning point for any occasion.
Below, 20 white tennis skirts to keep the sport alive both on and off the court this summer.