Among my favorite fashion trends right now are tops with interesting backs (like cutouts or interesting straps). Currently, the average tennis tank top has the traditional racerback for a sporty look. However, I am glad to see brands branching out and creating fun and unique looks on the backside of some of their classic tanks. I have picked my top 5 tanks (in no particular order) and why they will help you stand out on the court.
Not only is there great tennis going on at the French with all those upsets on the women’s side and those five-setters on men’s, but we’ve also got plenty arriving at the warehouse so we can all get out to create our own on-court drama.
First up we have new colors for the men’s and women’s Asics Gel Resolution 4. Those who love colorful shoes will love these new additions to the Gel Resolution lineup. Both are grey based with pops of orange, but with the women’s orange taking on more of a coral hue. The Gel Resolution 4 is a great blend of comfort, stability and stylish good looks. The shoes also come with a six-month outsole durability guarantee. Cost: $114.95.
Donnay expands its 2012 racquet line by offering slightly different specs on existing frames. One of the most popular racquets in the 2012 playtest schedule was the Formula 100 for its power and comfort. Now that racquet is available in a more maneuverable package with the Donnay Formula Lite 100 (Cost: $178), weighing in at a very manageable 10 ounces strung. Another addition to the Formula line is the Formula OS Extended (Cost: $198). This version packs an even bigger punch with a slightly longer length (27.25 inches) for added leverage and reach as well as a bigger oversize head at 110 square inches. There are also two new Pro One options. We just finished up the Pro One 16×19 review. Our testers loved the stable, solid feel paired with power and spin. Now fans of tighter string patterns can get in on the fun with the Pro One 18×20. The Pro One also now comes in a package that also more accessible to intermediate and beginners. The Pro One OS Ext offers loads of comfort and added power from its 27.5 inch length and larger 105 square inch headsize. It’s also a manageable 10.6 ounces strung.
If you like fashion and tennis, we have new styles of Jet bags. The totes are great for those want a tennis bag that can double as a carry-all, too. The Silver Snake and Wild Safari totes have a nice sheen to them, while the Paisley Aqua a matte finish with a feminine pattern (Tote Cost: $63.99). There’s also new patterns available in the sling styles. For the most storage go for the Large Sling Bag Sand Pebbles (Cost: $67.99), but if you’re looking for a smaller bag, go for the Small Sling. The latest style there is the Silver Giraffe (Cost: $67.99), featuring a giraffe print in a shiny fabric. Both styles are loaded with features, including a slot for your water bottle or can of balls and specialized racquet compartment.
It’s so fun to try to put together new outfits, on court or off, so it’s a good thing that the women’s tennis fashions just keep on coming! Be sure to check out our Outfit Builder feature where you can mix and match your tops and bottoms. It’s great if you’re shopping as a league team or just trying to figure out your favorite outfit. The Tail Top Spin Group carries some drama with its deep purple color base, and the lime pops keep it sporty.
Also new to the women’s apparel pages is the latest offerings from Wilson. The Timeless collection’s styles are suitable for the grass season and clubs with restrictions on color as most of the pieces are available in predominantly white options. If you love argyle, you’ll love this collection. The pattern is subtle, but there is an geometric design on back. The mesh design is also functional, offering ventilation and additional stretch that’s needed for tennis strokes.
Sofibella is back, too, with two new collections. We have the Adore Group, a mix of pink and dark grey with floral print. This one gives off an air of romance, especially with the ruffle on the Bella Skort. Another great group for those who play at tennis clubs that call for mostly white apparel is the Pure Group. These pieces are primarily white with hits of dark grey. If you like to mix and match, this is a great opportunity because the Pure Group’s grey is a great match with the Adore Group as well. For something a little different, you might want to take a look at the Sincere Skort. We haven’t seen an asymmetrical hemline on a skirt. This one offers a bit of a flirty feel because of its dramatic cut. It’s 15″ long on one side, coming up to 11″ on the other.
That wraps it up for this week. Hope you can get some court time this week!
The cooking show chefs are always saying, “Boy, I wish we had smell-o-vision!” indicating that whatever they’re whipping up surely will get your mouth watering.
For some reason, I always thought of it as scratch-and-sniff stickers, which always smell the same. Gross. But I digress…. What I wish Tennis Warehouse could deliver is touch-and-feel screen technology. I don’t have any fancy names for that. If I invented this sensory internet function, I would leave the naming up to Jason, who is always quick to the punch. Heck, why don’t I just ask him now?
The transcript of our 15-second brain storm follows:
Jason: Fondle Fabrics, inappropriate? Fondle-A-Fabric.
Tiffani: Yes, inappropriate.
Tiffani: Better. Why am I reminded of Etch-A-Sketch all of a sudden?
Jason: Haha, yup
Tiffani: I wonder if this function did exist if we’d have to wash the sample fabrics. Did a million hands just touch that?
Jason: Ha. Nah, Febreze it.
I think it’s going to take more than 15 seconds to name our imaginary technology. The point here is there are apparel items in our warehouse with fabrics that are just fabulous. Absolutely fabulous! I’ve written before about Fila’s Supplex pants, and I really can’t think of tights I’d rather wear to train or just lounge in. I wore a pair home from the hospital after my daughter was born. Really, they’re that comfortable.
Lija fabrics will knock your socks off, too. Made in Canada, Lija apparel is divied up by fabric technology. We primarily sell items in the Compression and Fuse categories. Compression apparel pieces hug the body (but don’t squeeze you so you feel like you’re in a sausage casing) for support and offer what you’d expect from performance apparel with moisture-wicking and quick-drying qualities. Important, too, for outdoor tennis matches is that it offers UV protection. However, that is what the consumer has come to expect. What sets Lija’s Compression fabric apart is feel. How do I explain this? I can hear Emeril chanting “smell-o-vision!” right now. In the hand, the fabric is cool to the touch. It’s soothing. It’s silky. As far as synthetic materials go, it’s about as luxurious feeling as it can get. It’s the cashmere of synthetic tennis fabrics.
Fuse is a textured knit fabric and has slight perforations. It too wicks moisture and dries quickly. It’s also extremely light. Not to mention my absolute favorite Lija skort is made from Fuse fabric. I love the Vivify skort. Office-mate Britt has a dress in Fuse and adores it.
Relatively new to Tennis Warehouse is Sofibella. The main component in Sofibella’s fabric, like the Fila Supplex pants and Lija, is nylon. It provides sweat wicking technology, sun protection (UPF 50) and anti-bacterial properties. Again, that’s great but what impresses me is that I love how it feels on. It’s soft, silky and cool to the touch. Something you might not know about Sofibella, which manufacturers in the United States, is that it sponsors under-privileged children through non-profit groups.
Because we don’t have Touch-A-Texture or whatever you want to call it, why not order some of the items to feel for yourself? If you’re not convinced, we always offer free return shipping.