Frequent visitors to the Tennis Warehouse site may have noticed the addition of a new women’s apparel brand. We introduced Lija into our line-up for fall 2010. For this season, we’ve brought in a variety of on-court styles as well as those that will translate into stylish casual wear.
For the court, the Bodycon and Serene tanks as well as the Essence Dress will offer you a more fitted look, while the Magnetic and Fuse tanks provide a looser fit. If you’re looking for a longer length skort, you’ll want to give the Risk Skort a try. The Advantage Skort is slightly shorter and more form fitting. Both sit just below the natural waist. We found the sizing to be true and recommend ordering your usual size. I’ll update this entry with a link to an upcoming Women’s Vlog that will showcase some key pieces from the fall collection. Check out the entire fall collection here.
The outerwear pieces are really cute and will translate easily to life off the tennis court. It’s details like the cowl neck and hoody combo on the Destiny Pullover that make the outwear sporty enough for the court but plenty stylish for off the court, too. I especially like the Warmth Jacket, which has a longer length — similar to a duster sweater. At the office, we were thinking this would look great with a pair of leggings for a fun, casual outfit.
It’s not only the Warmth Jacket that stands out for its fabric. All of Lija’s pieces are made with outstanding fabrics. She, being Linda Hipp, the creator, designer and president of Lija, has divided her apparel lines into groups by fabric. At Tennis Warehouse, we have pieces made from the Compression, Fluid, Fuse, Willow and Core Fleece fabric collections. (Note that “Compression” doesn’t mean the clothes are meant to fit very tightly like compression wear.)
The Compression fabric is a Meryl Nylon, which translates well to the court. It has the highest rated UV protection in the Lija line at 40. Like the other fabrics, it has a moisture wicking and quick drying properties. As a bonus, this fabric feels cool to the touch. Fuse fabrics are much like the Compression but are a textured mesh. The Fluid fabric is super lightweight and is silky smooth against the skin so it’s soothing to the touch. Willow is super lightweight and wind resistant, and the Core Fleece provides warmth with the comfort of a brushed inner facing.
Just as a quick note, there’s also a presence on the WTA Tour. Rebecca Marino, a young Canadian, is the sponsored athlete. (As a side note, Lija is based in Canada and manufacturers all its apparel there, too.) You can follow Marino on the WTA site.
Let me know if you have any questions about Ljia or any other apparel we have here at Tennis Warehouse.