Our 3 favorite spring women’s tennis fashion trends

Spring tennis fashion

1. Let’s go nautical!

Yacht or no yacht, you can wear stripes. Lots of brands are doing them, and they’re mixing it up by laying them out in a chevron pattern or mixing directions from horizontal to vertical. This playful take on stripes keeps it modern and sporty. From Fila to Jofit to EleVen, stripes are everywhere.

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Australian Open 2014′s best dressed

This time of year Hollywood has its Golden Globes and red carpet. We tennis fans have our first Slam of the year and its blue courts. I know which of those I prefer to watch!

We of self-proclaimed tennis fashionista status chose a few of the outstanding outfits from the 2014 Australian Open. Without further ado, here are some of our favorites (in no particular order) …

Photo by Cynthia Lum.

Photo by Cynthia Lum.

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TW Fashion Week: From the runway to the tennis court.

Ladies rejoice! I am once and for all debunking the idea that athletic wear cannot be stylish. Yes, you read that right. With the last of the four major Fashion Weeks wrapping up in Paris on Wednesday, I couldn’t help but notice many similarities between items that Tennis Warehouse carries and items that were featured on the catwalk. Here, take a look for yourself! Show up to the courts in one of these outfits, and you’ll be the most up-to-date player of the latest fashion trends.

 

Fila / Rag & Bone

It’s almost as though Fila and Rag & Bone worked as partners together on their collections. That, or they’re experts in knowing what’s fashionable! Both used an almost identical pattern on their tops to create a sophisticated look.

Fila Fall Baseline Racer Tank

Fila Fall Baseline Racer Tank

Rag & Bone

Rag & Bone (Photo: Marcus Tondo /Indigitalimages.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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5 Things I Love This Week @ TW

We have gotten all kinds of awesome stuff in this week, it’s hard to narrow it down to just 5! But, I have done my best to show you 5 of my favorite products right now at Tennis Warehouse.

5 favorites this week at TW

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TW Stylists — Summer Resort/Country Club Edition

With it being August (already!), hopefully you have one more summer getaway before Fall rolls around. So this week, the TW Stylists came up with some unique looks that are perfect for when you are heading out to get some tennis in — while on vacation. Or if you don’t have time for a trip away, these would make some great country club outfits as well.
Resort Tennis

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Tank top ready!

The warm summer days are here! And if you are anything like me or any of my tennis friends, this means valuable time in the sun working on your game and that tan. So I wanted to show off some of our cutest tank tops for practice, matches or the gym that will show off those arms. And to make sure your arms are tank top ready, I have a few exercises to help tone and tighten!

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These four exercises are really simple to add to your workout routine whether it’s at the end of a hit or while in the gym. You can do these 2-3 times a week to add a little extra focus on your arms. I suggest doing each of these exercises for 3 rounds and try to get in 10-15 reps in per round. Pick a weight that isn’t too heavy but is challenging enough that by the last couple reps your muscles are tired and feel a burn.
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EleVen Summer Apparel

EleVen Summer Group

Summer is just around the corner which means long days, warm weather, and lots of tennis. What better way to update your game than with some fresh apparel from EleVen! My favorites of Venus William’s new summer collection have to be the tie dye-inspired dresses, skorts, tanks, capris, and more. Tennis Warehouse just got these in stock and I have to say I absolutely love them! As a bonus, the tie dye pattern is more subtle with peaceful navy and orange hues than the normal neon colored shirts you made a summer camp .

You might have even see Venus Williams rocking the EleVen Summer Miami Dress at several tournaments. This dress has a ton of super cute features like the stylish halter and cross-back straps to side pockets to hold balls (Yes, you heard me right. This is a dress with pockets!). Wear the matching Summer Perfect Bra and Summer Power Short underneath to complete the outfit. I even think this dress is cute enough to wear to the beach!

If that is not enough tie-dye for you, fear not! You can also get the Summer Straight Sets SS Jacket, Summer Flutter Skort, Tie Dye Slice Tank, and Tie Dye Power Capri in the fun tie dye pattern.

Whether you are soaking up some rays on the tennis court or the beach, check out the latest apparel available at Tennis Warehouse.

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Brittany

Tennis capris

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

At the BNP Paribas Open yesterday, we experienced some cooler weather for the desert.  With the temperature staying in the 60s with a crisp breeze (sometimes more hurricane-like), spectators and players a like were a little chilly.  So how did the (female) player cope?  By wearing capris!
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Britt’s Playtester Spotlight- Jason Huang

Hi, Everyone!

Welcome to the very first Playtester Spotlight blog. Each week, I will interview a Tennis Warehouse playtester on the different racquets, strings, shoes, and/or anything else (e.g. grips, socks, sweatbands) he/she is currently playtesting that week. I thought it would be a perfect time to start as we are starting to get really busy playtesting all new products for 2013. I am going to start with our social media expert, Jason.

Jason hard at work

Hours Spent Playtesting this week: 5
Playtesters you hit with: Carol, Brittany, Spencer, Karly
Type of Playtesting (singles, doubles, drills): Drills and baseline games
Playtesting Court: TW indoor

Wilson BLX Blade 98 18x20

Which racquets are you playtesting?

Wilson BLX Blade 16×19 and 18×20, Wilson Steam 99 S and 105 S

I’m currently hitting the new Wilson Blade 98 racquets, both the 16×19 and 18×20 as well as the Wilson Steam 99 S and 105 S. I like these new Blades over the previous versions because they seem to have better ball pocketing and feel better; the feedback is more comfortable. It is a bit tough to judge these Blades because for the two sets we received, the swingweight difference was over 20 points.

I think the real stars are the S racquets (although the S doesn’t stand for “star”). The amount of spin I am able to get is ridiculous. Dare I say, almost illegal? I dare. Dare I say nasty? I dare. I thought with the 16×15 pattern, I would lose control and the stringbed would be trampoline-like, but that was not the case at all. The control was there, and I could just take huge cuts at the ball. I was able to hit shots higher over the net for higher percentage shots and they would still land in because of the spin.

We first hit these with the Wilson team and they brought along a NLG (neat little gadget) that could track the spin on our shots. I am happy to announce that I maxed out at 3,200 RPMs on my forehand with the Steam 99 S. Take that, Rafa! They are strung up at a bit higher tension and use a thicker gauge string made specifically for these racquets, the Luxilon 4G S. I just wish there was just a bit more weight to the Steams, but other than that, these racquets could be my next racquet of choice. They’re really that good!

Editor’s note: Jason just gave you a sneak peek at the new Blades that will be available on our site for pre-sale Nov. 15. The new Steams as well as Luxilon 4G S will pre-sale Jan. 1, 2013

Which strings are you playtesting?

Luxilon 4G S

If you read my comments above for the racquets, which I’m sure you did, then you know I’ve been hitting the new Luxilon 4G S. It’s a 1.41mm (15 gauge) string. I love the regular 4G and was glad to see them come out with the thicker version for these racquets. Without them, none of us would be able to hit the Wilson S racquets because Andy would break the regular gauged strings in his one hitting session. Jerk.

Are you playtesting anything else?

EleVen Men’s Apparel

I was one of the lucky few to playtest some of the men’s apparel for Venus Williams’ EleVen brand. I have two shirts, and they both are made of a moisture wicking material. And I gotta say, pretty impressed. Not only do they look good, but they feel good too and do the job of actually wicking away sweat. That’s what we in the industry call a trifecta.

Thanks for reading this week’s blog.  Keep your eyes out for EleVen men’s apparel in the near future. Next week, Siobhan will be going over her current playtest schedule.

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Brittany