Nice little article about tennis fashion on Tennis.com. But I got a little confused at this part:
Golf-clothes designer Linda Hipp, whose label Lija is launching tennis clothes this spring, says an increasing number of athleticwear customers want to be able to wear their outfits even off the court. An evening player might be on a date or enjoying time with her spouse and might want a little more fashion in her outfit.
So while tennis dresses are unlikely to be mistaken for a bona fide cocktail frock, there's no reason not to incorporate a ruffle here or ruching there to make a flattering, flirty garment.
Evening tennis has a more lively social component," she says.
People go on "Tennis Dates"? As in an evening of tennis with someone you're kind of trying to impress? This is a completely wacky to me. I doubt that Steffi puts on a nice frilly top when she goes to hit with Andre. And I'm pretty sure Mirka doesn't don some nice earrings and a velvet dress when she hits with Fed. Like, if you're going to play tennis, just go play tennis.
Though now that I think about it I did once go to play tennis in the afternoon with a guy I was dating. But it wasn't a "Tennis Date" and I definitely didn't go into my closet wishing that I had Masha's Audrey Hepburn dress.
Incidentally, I do not recommend the tennis thing when you're dating someone. At least not if (a) you're uber competitive like I am and (b) your date is uber competitive and refuses to be beat by a girl. Long story short, I almost sprained my ankle, he was dripping in sweat and in a foul mood because I beat him, we went to eat non-sexy Mexican food afterwards because we were starving, and then we were exhausted so we parted ways. And we also ceased dating a few weeks afterwards. Then again, some might argue that it was a good thing we played tennis, as people's true personalities tend to reveal themselves on the court. That dude was lame.
Wow. That post totally didn't go where I thought it was gonna go. Anyhoo....