Hi, my name is, Kana, and I’m vertically challenged. I’m 5’1”, 3 inches shorter than the average American female. Brittany, who stands 11 inches taller than me, previously blogged on apparel that was right for her. Well ladies, the shorty is in to reveal apparel fit for people of my stature.
Bottoms seem to be the hardest for me to find, specifically in length. I usually feel like a toddler trying on my mother’s old tennis skirts. Luckily, Roxy has entered the tennis market with a new fit appealing mostly to younger females. The Team Court Skort sits low at the hips and measures at 10.5” skort length in a size small. It comes in a variety of colors making it fun to match up with any top!
My next favorite is Nike’s Flirty Set Point Skort. Like the Roxy skort, this sits low on the hips and measures at 10.5” skort length in a size small as well. The asymmetrical ruffles give it a fun look and not to forget the fabric feels amazing!
As the average height of female professionals keep growing, I feel saddened when I “Ooo and aww” at an outfit seen on tour as I know it would not be flattering to my height. Luckily, Maria Sharapova’s Statement Skort comes in at 11.5”, short enough to give a flattering look to my legs. The pleated detail on the front and back give a playful look and comes in different colors.
When it comes to tops, I’m not the bustiest of folk. If there’s a built-in bra, I’m usually left with excess room that makes it bulky in the front, extra material at the arm holes make it look like my tank has wings, or it’s so long it might as well be a dress. Nike and Fila have joined my wardrobe becoming some of my favorite tops.
The Flirty Smash Classic Tank from Nike has a built-in bra that comfortably hugs and supports smaller chests but still offers stretch for those more endowed. The open back keeps you cool and gives it a sexy style.
For those who favor a lighter top with thinner straps, the Fila Spring Center Court Cami Tank is just right! It has a built-in shelf bra that is thin yet supportive, and I love the cross back style with the spaghetti straps.
There you have it. My favorite pieces that fit my body type. Spread the word if you find more articles of clothing that we offer for the smaller community.
Anyone tired of wearing the same old hats and visors to keep their hair out of their face when playing tennis?
A solution to this problem is a headband, which creates both a functional and fashionable look. Players like Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, and Victoria Azarenka have been seen rocking them during their matches.
Personally, for most of my tennis playing days, I am a fan of hats and visors. I think this reason stems from the fact that if I don’t wear something, my hair is constantly in my face. I have been skeptical about the headband because a lot of them tend to slide off my head when I do any sort of physical activity. However after seeing many pros pull off the look, I gave it another shot.
I can say now, after many trials and tribulations, that I am a headband expert. I have tried numerous headbands, and one of my favorites is the Roxy Train Hard headband. Roxy, mostly known for its surf and snow clothing, has recently entered into the tennis market and this headband is a piece in their line. Two of my favorite parts about this headband are the thicker width (3/4 of an inch) that give a sporty yet feminine vibe and the fact that there are ten colors options to pick from. With that many colors, I can match my headband to any of my outfits. I chose the bright blue because I thought it would add a pop of color to anything I wear. I was also impressed with how comfortable it is. Some headbands are too loose and don’t stay on my head and others are too tight and give me a headache. This one seems to be just the right combination of the two for my head size. Another perk I found is the tacky lining that Roxy placed on the inside of the headband. This feature helped keep it securely in place even when I was playing tennis and moving around.
As much as I love this headband (I wore it three days straight with every outfit), it had just a few negatives. The first was the durability of the tacky lining. After several days playing tennis and sweating, the tackiness of the lining turned into having more of a smooth and rubbery feel. Even though the tackiness decreased, I still don’t have any problems with it staying on my head. However, like any headband that I wear, I do find myself adjusting it once or twice every now again due to it starting to fall (or pop) off my head. Another small downside was after a couple of competitive uses, a small part of the silk-screened logo came off. Even though the headband is now not cosmetically perfect, it doesn’t impact the playability and I will continue to wear it regardless.
Now that I am a self-proclaimed headband guru, I have come up with a couple tips with helping to avoid the inevitable slipping issues. For starters, I put a little hair spray in my hair before putting the headband on to give it a little extra grip. I also find wearing the headband close to my hairline helps to keep it in place.
Anyone else have any advice or tips?
We’ve just introduced Roxy apparel to our women’s line-up. When I think of Roxy, I think, “Surf’s up!” Lucky for us Roxy is branching out beyond the beach and is offering up fun designs for tennis players. Under Roxy Athletix, there’s a full range of moisture-wicking performance-minded pieces that keep the Roxy design vibe alive.
Let’s take a look at a few of the pieces. Women with long torsos should be happy with the tops. The torso length reminds me of the long-skinny ribbed tanks sold at Gap and the like. My favorite of the bunch is Team Racerback Tank, which is a made of a mesh material and has a built-in shelf bra. I think fans of Nike’s Dedication Tank will also like this one. If tank tops aren’t your thing, the Team Cap-Sleeve Jersey offers more coverage but is far from dowdy. The cap sleeves are just the right length and the seaming gives the top a really feminine shape.
To some this might sound silly, but women who struggle to keep their hair out of their eyes might agree with me here. I am finding it hard to contain my excitement over the Roxy Train Hard Headband. I know, I know. A headband?! I pull my hair back in a pony tail these days and have to deal with the whispy flyaways or layers that aren’t long enough to stay put in the pony tail band. I have yet to give this one a try, but the Train Hard Headband looks promising. Often this style of headband flies off my head as soon as I start running around. I am going to give this Roxy one a try for two reasons. One: It is wider than most so I hope it grips better. Two: There’s a tacky lining, which, again, I hope improves the stay-put factor. Biggest debate now is which color to get.