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Juniors, suit up!

Posted on April 29, 2011 in Shoes and Apparel

Spring break is just wrapping up here in San Luis Obispo, and that signals summer vacation is just around the corner. When the final bell of the school year rings, kids will have a lot more time to hit the courts.

Kids seems to grow 2 inches when you blink, so it might be time to check out what’s in the closet or dresser for tennis and sort through what the kiddo has outgrown. Let’s take a quick look at what’s out there for boys first.

Apparel for boys

Nike, adidas and Fila lead the way for boys with full lines of performance apparel. For those guys who are fans of Rafa, the Summer Athlete Crew and Contemporary Athlete Short can be put together for a look similar to the Spaniard’s French Open look. The Clay Action T-Shirt is also a cool way to get into the spirit and support Nadal, whose clay court dominance doesn’t seem to be waning.

adidas also has athlete-inspired designs for junior boys. For guys who like the flashy personalities and games styles of Verdasco and Tsonga, the adiZero Polo and adiZero Short create looks similar to those of the pros. Andy Murray fans should check out the Barricade Polo for juniors.

Moms and dads can get plenty of bang for their buck with boys apparel from Fila and Wilson. All made of performance apparel, there are lots of great easy to mix-and-match items like the Fila Colorblock Crew and Wilson Junior Straight Sets Crew. The Straight Sets Crew is especially impressive because the bamboo fabric construction simply feels fabulous against the skin. The Fila Reversible Short can get twice the action with a solid side and a youthful plaid side.

Apparel for girls

There are a lot of options for junior girls. Even though my daughter is only 4 months old, I can’t help but pick out my favs. The junior version of Maria Sharapova’s tank makes a super cute outfit when paired with the Nike Athlete Skort. Growing up, I think I would have favored wearing the Ribbed Tank and Phantom Short, though, because I had to wear dresses or my school’s uniform (navy/white plaid jumper) every day.

adidas, Wilson and Fila also have really cute performance pieces to play with — and play in — but I want to take a look at a new brand we’re carrying for junior girls. Lucky In Love has some cleverly named and ultra fun pieces. I doubt many junior girls these days know who Gabriela Sabatini is, but that doesn’t matter. The Ms. Saba-tiny Tank is adorable either way. The tulle mesh is a perfect match with the Ms. Navata-luv-ya Skort. If that’s too frilly for her, there are the traditional pleats in the Ms. Will-i-am Skirt and lots of solid tops to choose from. Offered in basic black in white and super bright fun colors, the seamless offerings from Lucky in Love are great because they’re one size. With this super stretch material, the tanks, shorties and leggings can fit a girl as she grows. There are even bra tops from this brand for girls as they grow a bit older.

Be sure to check out the boy’s and girl’s liquidation apparel pages for some great deals, too.

Next time, we’ll take a look at junior shoes. If you have any specific questions, let me know and I’ll try to answer them.

Happy hitting!
Tiffani, TW

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