3 reasons why the preppy tennis skirt is going viral, plus shopping recommendations

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Lois Opoku is seen wearing white polo and skirt Lacoste, Fendi bag in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images)
Lois Opoku is seen wearing white polo and skirt Lacoste, Fendi bag in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images)

With views just shy of 80 million on #tennisskirt on Tik Tok it’s clear that this iconic, modern symbol of women’s tennis attire is fast becoming the most wanted fashion piece of 2021.

The preppy tennis mini skirt which first peaked in tennis culture during the ‘50’s and is commonly sported by tennis champions like the Venus sisters has also gotten the nod from runway fashion faves and IG ‘it’ girls such as the likes of Kendall Jenner and Mackenzie Dudzik.

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Serena Williams

Kendall Jenner

Mackenzie Dudzik 

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Here’s why this pleated mini is having a viral moment both on and off the courts.

1 - Effortless styling

The classic pleated pattern of this mini qualifies it as an all rounder of styling pieces. Whether you’re embracing a full athleisure look with a combo of a hoodie, high socks and sneakers or pairing it with a oversized knit or tee for an easy WFH look, you’ll find it super easy to create an Insta worthy #OOTD.

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White Nike Court Advantage Skirt, R1099,95

Pleated skirt, Factorie at Superbalist, R226


Cable Jumper, Superbalist, R599


White T-shirt, Mango at Superbalist, R499

2 - The comfort of the A-line silhouette 

If you’re a fan of a flared fit then the tennis skirt is an instant must-have. With it specifically designed for movement, now’s the perfect time to add this women’s tennis staple to your collection of activewear.

Naomi Osaka

Rib tennis skirt, Factorie at Superbalist, R199

Pleated tennis skirt, Missguided at Superbalist, R699

3 - A seasonal staple

Whether you opt for a traditional tartan, faux leather or classic white or denim, this tennis mini is a piece that you can bank on as a transitional must-have to see you through the seasons.

Pleated pu tennis skirt, BLAKE at Superbalist, R449

Pleated skirt, BLAKE at Superbalist, R429

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