When thinking about the retro trends returning due to a year that many of us spent working, eating, and scrolling from home (without changing outfits), it’s easy to point to the obvious: Princess Di bike shorts, oversized sweatshirts or the classic tie dye set. Now that the world is slowly, but surely, starting to open up more and more, it’s an ideal time to explore equally comfortable outfits that are just a little bit more elevated, maybe something with feminine flair, which all of the best tennis skirts we’ve found lately have to spare.
Sure, they may have once served (pardon the pun) prep school, by way of Newport, energy. But now, they are a perfect piece to dress up or down since they’re sporty, cute, cozy, versatile, and playful. If you don’t believe me, searches for the ephemeral outfit staple have gone up ten-fold on Google, Pinterest, and shopping apps alike as of late.
These are the 7 best tennis skirts to add to your warm-weather wardrobe ASAP.
Outdoor Voices Hudson 4" Short — $58.00
OV’s cult-fave running short now comes in a longer version, which means your summer runs will be chafe-free from here on out. They’re made from breezy, recycled polyester, and come with built-in briefs so you won’t have to worry about any mid-stride wedgies.
Shop now Girlfriend Collective FLOAT High-Rise Bike Short — $48.00
Like all of Girlfriend Collective’s workout-wear, these shorts are equal parts supportive and buttery soft. They come in five colors and sizes XXS to XXL, and have an 8.5 inch inseam to keep your thighs covered. And what’s more? They’ve got UPF 50 and sweat-wicking properties, which means you’ll want to wear them for every outdoor activity, all summer long.
Shop now Nike Flex Essential 2-in-1 — $40.00
Consider this the perfect marriage between a bike short and a running short—which means you don’t have to choose between the two. The stretchy base layer extends below the hem of the breezy outer shell, to help prevent chafing with two different layers.
Shop now Sweaty Betty Super Sculpt 8” Biker Shorts — $68.00
Made from the same butt-lifting material as Sweaty Betty’s celeb-fave Power Leggings, the brand’s new power short represents the perfect combination of stretchy and sweat-wicking. The 8-inch inseam hits just above the knee, and they’ve even got a pocket so you can move with all of your essentials on-hand.
Shop now WOLACO Women's North Moore Biker 7" Inseam — $50.00
With a 7-inch inseam, these shorts are slightly shorter than some of the others on the list, but manage to stand up to the chafe test thanks to the fact that they never, ever slip or ride up. They’re made with compressive fabric to keep your muscles locked in place, and have a special kind of flat stitching that won’t rub against your skin and cause irritation.
Shop now New Balance Impact 2-in-1 Short — $50.00
Another biker-meets-runner situation, these shorts give you both the support and breeziness that each has to offer. Their lightweight fabric allows you to move with ease, and will fit comfortably without ever feeling too tight.
Shop now Lululemon Align Short 8" — $68.00
With the help of special seaming on the inner thighs, these shorts are designed to keep you from chafing during even the toughest yoga poses (looking at you, Eagle). They’re designed for low impact activities, so may not be the best pick for a long run or a HIIT class, but offer sweat-wicking properties that make them perfect for bopping around in all summer.
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