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You don’t have to have a strong serve to look good in a tennis fit. You don’t even need to know what Wimbledon is. And you certainly don’t have to be a country club member to look great in a classic tennis dress. Tennis may get a reputation for being “stuffy,” but the truth is, tennis is a deeply athletic game not for the faint of heart. And the term “tennis dress” is really just a catch-all for an athletic dress (and we love that one. You’ll also see the terms “active wear” or “performance wear” used interchangeably.

The best tennis clothes at a glance

Overall best: Court Dress for Outdoor Votes, $108
Most sizes including: Girlfriend Collective Paloma racerback dress, $88
Most Versatile: Year of Our Racer Tennis Dress, $167
Best Front Zipper Option: Southern Tide Brenna Zip-Front Performance Dress, $138
Best Classic Style: EleVen by Venus Williams, scalloped dress, $98
Best option without shorts: Alo Charmed tennis dress, $118
Most stylish: Reformation Farrah Ecomove Active Dress, $98
Most casual: Lacoste stretch polo dress, $93
Best Budget Picks: Athleta Ace tennis dress, $70
Best for high impact: NikeCourt Dri-Fit ADV Slam Dress, $100
Best Enjoyment: Tory Burch Performance V-Neck Tennis Dress, $248

What is a tennis dress, right?

So what does a tennis dress do… a tennis dress? It typically has built-in shorts – but not always – and the fabric is often a poly/spandex blend that wicks moisture. Always check the laundry care label, but tennis dresses are typically machine washable and not suitable for dry cleaning. They are designed for athletic performance and leave room to run in the skirt. Some even have pockets made specifically for storing tennis balls.

Even if you never plan on picking up a racquet in your life, tennis dresses are a great alternative to shorts and a t-shirt when you’re doing something active (e.g. running errands or hiking) but still look good want . They’re also a great option for sweaty, hot weather – they’re breathable, feel effortless, and easy to slip on and off.

What should you look for in a tennis dress?

The answer here is comfort, and that means fabric that’s stretchy, soft, durable, and moisture-wicking. We reached out to tennis coach and former professional tennis player Valeriia Efimenko, who summed up what she’s looking for in a tennis dress. “The keys are comfort, breathability and design,” says Efimenko. “I want to be able to move in my gym clothes but also look like a runway model.”

Our picks for the best tennis dresses vary in price and style, but they’re all designed to be comfortable and easy to move into, yet cute enough to wear off the court.

Find out now about our favorite tennis dresses on the market.

Best tennis dresses

Best Overall: Outdoor Voices Court Dress – $108.00

If it has Hailey Bieber and Gisele Bundchen’s seal of approval, then sign up with us. Austin-based athleisure brand Outdoor Voices is known for their leggings that are flying off the shelves, but they also have a gorgeous collection of active dresses. We especially love this one because it has side cutouts; something rarely seen on a sporty dress. But not only does it add a stylish dimension, the cutouts also make it more breathable. Plus, it’s available in bright poppy colors like sea foam and tangerine if you’re looking for something a little more cheerful than your standard tennis white. And the squort style is great because it has the illusion of a dress – but has built in shorts with pockets deep enough for your iPhone.

Available sizes: XS-XL

Material: 86% Polyester, 14% Elastane

Color Options: 3

Most sizes included: Girlfriend Collective Paloma Racerback Dress – $88.00

This active racerback dress from Girlfriend Collective is based on their best-selling sports bra, making it great for medium-impact sports. Their eco-friendly fabrics are made from recycled materials, yet feel so soft and supportive. And this particular style is great if you tend to sweat a lot (hey, who doesn’t?) because white can be unforgiving, so it comes in darker hues like dark green and midnight. Plus, Girlfriend Collective is one of the most size-inclusive active brands out there, with sizes ranging from XXS to 6XL.

Available sizes: XSS-6XL

Material: 79% recycled plastic bottles, 21% spandex

Color Options: 4

Most Versatile: Year of Ours Racer Tennis Dress – $167.00

Sports brand Year of Ours has the ultimate “effortlessly cool” aesthetic that works on or off the court. This stretch jersey dress has inner shorts for optimal range of motion, but it also has stylish bodice details on the front that set it apart from your typical active dress. It’s functional enough for an intense tennis match, but you can also pair it with low heels and it’ll instantly become a weekend brunch outfit.

Available sizes: XS-XL

Material: 87% polyester, 13% spandex active stretch jersey

Color Options: 3

Best Zip Front Option: Southern Tide Brenna Zip Performance Dress – $138.00

Southern Tide is known for their college gear if you’ve gone to a big college and want to show off your school spirit. But they also have a range of tennis and technical dresses, like this zip front active dress in sky blue. It’s made of nylon and spandex and the best part is that the shorts are removable and not sewn into the dress so the choice is yours. Which is super practical, because you don’t have to undress completely for a short toilet break.

Available sizes: XS-XL

Material: 91% nylon, 9% spandex

Color Options: 2

Best Classic Style: EleVen by Venus Williams Wavy Dress – $98.00

Venus Williams is the queen of her sport, so of course we had to pick up a tennis dress from her line, EleVen by Venus Williams. Side note: she also has an excellent range of sunscreens, the perfect complement to a scorching hot day on the courts. If you want classic Wimbledon style, opt for the all-white racerback dress, which has a scalloped design for added panache. But if you want to tap into your Barbie tennis girl, she also comes in neon pink.

Available sizes: XS-XXL

Material: 83% nylon, 17% spandex

Color Options: 1

Best No-Shorts Option: Alo Charmed Tennis Dress – $118.00

Alo’s airbrushed material is super flattering and slimming, and it’s a great choice if you prefer an active dress with no sewn-in shorts. It feels more like a “dress dress,” but it’s active enough to wear on the tennis courts or during a really intense day running errands. And you can spice it up easily by swapping out your running shoes for a pair of stylish leather sneakers.

Available sizes: XXS-L (Note: Alo’s size is disappointingly limited)

Material: “Sculpting Signature Airbrush Fabric”

Color Options: 4

Most Stylish: Reformation Farrah Ecomove Active Dress – $98.00

You may not know it, but Reformation actually has a really wide range of tennis and active wear. And her Farrah Active Dress is our pick for the most stylish tennis dress. It has built in shorts and looks smart enough to wear while lounging on the French Riviera. It also comes in a pretty daisy pattern and a solid sky blue.

Available sizes: XS-XL

Material: 79% Repreve Recycled Polyester, 21% Spandex

Color Options: 3

Most Casual: Lacoste Stretch Polo Dress – $93.00

If you are looking for something comfortable and sporty, but not necessarily a “sports dress”, then this cotton polo dress from Lacoste is your best choice. It’s chic, breathable and relaxed, so ideal for off-court errands. It looks like “I play tennis” even if you’ve never picked up a racquet in your life.

Available sizes: 32-44 (Size is limited, maybe due to sale price and stock)

Material: Cotton

Color Options: 1

Best Budget Pick: Athleta Ace Tennis Dress – $70.00

Athleta is Gap’s activewear line, and at just under $70, this is the best budget pick on our list. It’s available in white, black, and pepto pink, and has a mesh back pocket for stowing tennis balls between sets. It doesn’t have built in shorts but goes well with their Ultimate Shortie sports shorts.

Available sizes: XXS-3X

Material: Recycled Polyester, Lycra

Color Options: 3

Best for High Impact: NikeCourt Dri-Fit ADV Slam Dress – $100.00

Nike is of course an icon. And this choice is the most classic “sporty” tennis dress on our list. For one, it has the pleated skirt style that many associate with the traditional tennis look. It’s eco-friendly, made from sustainable materials and Nike’s Dri-Fit fabric is engineered to wick sweat away from the skin for rapid evaporation. And the mesh inserts of the dress ensure additional breathability.

Available sizes: XS-XL (Size seems to be limited due to stock)

Material: Recycled polyester

Color Options: 1

Top Luxury: Tory Burch Performance V-Neck Tennis Dress – $248.00

If you want to splurge and become a designer, you can’t go wrong with Tory Burch’s performance tennis dress. It embodies the classic country-country club look: green and white colorway, a V-neckline and a pleated skirt. It has a bit of a retro ’70s sportswear feel, and if you’re feeling really splurge you can pair it with the matching Tory Burch Convertible Tennis Tote.

Available sizes: XS-XL

Material: Performance jersey

Color Options: 2

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