Best Tennis Dresses 2022

While most workout attire revolves around leggings, shorts and t-shirts, certain sports are really best practiced in a dress. The fluid design allows for greater movement, not to mention airflow, as you run, jump, bend and swing. This is true whether you’re serving up a game of tennis, hitting golf balls or running outside this summer. Depending on your fit preferences and activity level, the best exercise dresses feature specific details that help elevate your workouts (think: moisture-wicking fabrics, four-way stretch, built-in shorts for compression and handy pockets).

The versatility and ease of design also explain why tennis and workout dresses are hard to keep in stock lately. The most popular options can be worn all day, beyond the har-tru court or putting green, to keep you cool anywhere — at the pool or beach or just running errands. Ahead, we’ve rounded up the best exercises dresses to consider this season. There are classic cuts from go-to athletic brands, such as Nike and Adidas; modern originals from Outdoor Voices; fashionable and functional dresses courtesy of EleVen by Venus Williams; and retro-sporty looks via Tory Burch and Lacoste. No matter the style you lean toward, all of these multipurpose exercise dresses excel in the areas that count most — comfort, fit and performance.

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Lululemon: Breathable, Fast-Drying And Modern Colors

Lululemon’s tennis dress is cut from the brand’s well-engineered Swift fabric, which has four-way stretch. It’s also lightweight, sweat-wicking and quick-drying, so you can move around easily and stay cool in the heat. There’s a dual-entry pocket in the liner where you can stash tennis balls or your phone, and the dress comes in seven colors.


Athleta: Compression Fabric Cut In A Versatile Design

Designed for tennis, running or golf, Athleta’s Ace dress is made from recycled SuperSonic fabric with supportive compression. If you want shorts underneath, you’ll have to add your own — some athletes prefer the option to wear with or without for more breathability. There’s also a back exterior pocket to hold small essentials.


Nike: Sporty Classics That Perform Well

Nike is known for its soft and stretechy Dri-Fit fabric, which helps absorb sweat off your skin for fast evaporation. This dress combines technology with a flattering fit — pleats in the back provide a bit of flare when you move — and details that enhance breathability, such as the v-neck with a mock-neck collar and keyhole in the back. Shorts are not included so you have the choice to layer up or down your look as needed.


Outdoor Voices: Adjustable Straps And Built-in Pockets

For a modern spin on the traditional tennis dress, Outdoor Voices’s highly-rated workout dress has adjustable straps, which provides flexibility with the fit and comfort for all-day wear. It also comes in a range of fashion-forward colors and prints, and includes a built-in shorts liner with two pockets.


EleVen By Venus Williams: Flattering Styles That Move With You

For tennis dresses that fit well and look fashionable on and off the court, there’s probably no better label than Venus Williams’s EleVen. This cutout design has a zip-front, so you can adjust to different temperatures, a vented faux wrap skirt and a racerback design with shoulder straps. You can see it in action on the brand’s website — yet it’s sold out in many sizes there; we’ve found the best selection by shopping at Saks.


Tory Burch: Retro-Chic And Sporty Looks

Like much of Tory Burch’s sport line, the V-Neck Tennis Dress is a fresh interpretation of ’70s sportswear. Even though it’s chic, don’t think that it’s not made for actual workouts. It’s cut from performance jersey — which is breathable, moisture wicking and stretchy — and features a pleated skirt, drop waist and rib knit trim.


Under Armor: Designed For Any Type Of Workout

If you want a simple and streamlined dress, Under Armor’s is a solid option. It’s made from a performance knit with four-way stretch and has all the sweat-wicking properties you’d expect in addition to convenient zip-pockets on the side. The rounded hem dips slightly in front to give you more coverage, if you prefer a less revealing look.


Lacoste: Shirt Dresses That Can Go The Distance

For a sporty casual option, consider the dress version of Lacoste’s classic piqué polo shirt. It has a slim but stretchy fit, with a ribbed collar and finished sleeve caps, finished with mother-of-pearl buttons and a monotone logo. Pair with sneakers for athletic activities and flats for running errands or staying cool at the beach.


Sweaty Betty: All-In-One Options That Elevate Comfort

This workout dress is both supportive and cooling: It’s got a scoop neck with removable cups, a racerback, interior shorts and a side pocket. Sweaty Betty is sometimes inconsistent with sizing but most reviewers say this one runs true to size with a fit that comfortably conforms to your body so you can run, jump and smash balls.


Adidas: Smartly Designed Golf Dresses

Cut from lightweight twill that absorbs moisture, Adidas’s golf dress has all the details you want: Detached undershorts let you bend and move easily, while two front pockets and one back pocket provide spots to stow your tees, scorecard and phone. The scalloped hem, meanwhile, adds an element of interest to elevate your fashion game.

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