Game, Set, Match: Style A Tennis Skirt Beyond The Court

Game, Set, Match: Style A Tennis Skirt Beyond The Court

The tennis skirt is the latest athleisure trend feeding our need for comfy cute transitional activewear.


With tennis being one of the few socially-distanced sporting alternatives this summer, it's no surprise the tennis skirt is the latest athleisure trend feeding our need for comfy-cute transitional activewear. Once popular in the 90's, this skirt is one trend re-emerging in 2020 with a modern yet sleek and sporty design, making it a solid choice for girls on the go on-and-off the court. Complete with fitted shorts underneath and flexible lightweight fabric, this skirt style allows for more activity and comfortability throughout the day. Known for its all-around pleats, the tennis skirt can also be designed as a fitted mid-waist style, hugging curves in all the right places along with an elastic waistband.

Whether you're into pleats or decide to take a fitted approach, here are three outfit ideas that go above and beyond the tennis court.

Tennis Skirt With Boots

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Shahirah Ahmed for xoNecole

The perfect skirt to transition from summer to fall, add a pair of tall ankle boots for a more polished feel. Reminiscent of my favorite 90's films, this look brings out the teenage spirit in me all over again. Although accessorized with a chunky necklace, wrap-around sweater, and a pop of zebra print to elevate this look, overall, it's the one-armed turtleneck for me.

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Tennis Skirt With Sneakers

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Shahirah Ahmed for xoNecole

If you thought the dad sneaker trend was going away any time soon, it's here to stay. Borrowing these chunky sneakers from my grandpa's closet allowed me to complete this perfectly balanced sporty and flirty skirt look. Layered with a classic men's button-down, this look is one of my most comfortable to-date.

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Shahirah Ahmed for xoNecole

Tennis Skirt As A Matching Set

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Shahirah Ahmed for xoNecole

This color-blocked matching skirt set brings a luxe feel to an active staple. With the flawless balance of opposing dark and bright pops of colors, this effortless sporty chic look is complete with a simple sneaker and trendy accessories. Whether or not tennis is your sport, this is a skirt trend you can't afford to miss.

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The Mamie 'Till' Movie Wants To Empower Us

Sitting in the theater getting ready to watch Nopefor the third time, I was excited, like a good film nerd, to see my friend's first-time reactions to the fun UFO horror-comedy. My heart sank immediately when a trailer for the film Till, which follows the life and legacy of Emmett Till's mother, Mamie, started playing first.

My knee-jerk reaction, of course, comes from years of watching film and TV that have exploited Black trauma onscreen and were created with little (if any) consideration for what could emotionally trigger the Black audience. The 1955 murder of Emmett Till is so heartbreaking and inherently violent; would this film make us live through that violence on screen?

Fortunately, no!

This week, before watching Gina Prince-Bythewood's incredible The Woman King, a featurette for Till played in place of a trailer and it soothed my fears.

"There will be no physical violence against Black people on screen," the film's award-winning director and co-writer Chinonye Chukwu says in the featurette. "I'm not interested in relishing in that kind of physical trauma. We're going to begin and end in a place of joy," she says.

Starring Danielle Deadwyler (whose heartfelt performance on HBO's Station Eleven stole the show) as Mamie, Till is a celebration of Mamie's tireless activism which sparked the civil rights movement that continues today and ultimately culminated in President Biden signing the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act into law just a few months ago in March 2022. "Mamie Till Mobley is a hero," says Alana Mayo, president of Orion Pictures, the production company behind the film. "I'm really, really committed to making movies not just by us, but for us," Mayo says in the featurette.

After a private screening of Till, this week, Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, tweeted that the film was "#Powerful" and "a must see."

Mamie's story of courage in the face of unspeakable tragedy deserves to be told--especially as we continue the fight for civil rights today. Knowing that the Black filmmakers behind the film are centering Black joy and aiming for our empowerment through the film makes a world of difference.

TILLis in theaters October 14.

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