Preppy Athleisure Is the Expensive Aesthetic Taking Over Everyone's Feeds — Here's How to Shop the Trend

Tennis skirts and golf visors aren’t going anywhere.

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Preppy Athleisure Is the Expensive Aesthetic Taking Over Everyone’s Feeds — Here’s How to Shop the Trend
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In case you haven't noticed, preppy athleisure is everywhere right now. Referred to as tenniscore and golfcore, the TikTok viral aesthetic has been taking over social media feeds since last year. The inspo? Traditional golf garb and vintage tennis fashion — think '80s New England prep attire like graphic sweatshirts, floral visors, and white tennis skirts.

Preppy Athleisure Is the Expensive Aesthetic Taking Over Everyone’s Feeds — Here’s How to Shop the Trend
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The aesthetic dates back to 1950 when tennis champion and fashion designer Ted Tinling designed white A-line dresses for some of the sport's biggest stars like Billie Jean King and Virginia Wade. Fast forward to the '90s, Princess Diana popularized the preppy athleisure aesthetic by wearing tennis skirts and her iconic varsity sweatshirt and bicycle shorts combo. Now, celebrities like Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner have helped revive the style yet again by wearing tennis-inspired outfits from brands like Alo Yoga (it has an entire tennis-inspired storefront, BTW) and Lacoste.

Preppy Athleisure Trend

Shop now: $78;

Ever since the hashtag #preppyaesthetic took off on TikTok (which now has over 1 billion views), luxury houses and fashion brands alike have come out with golf and tennis-inspired collections for summer. Gucci and Adidas collaborated on a collection inspired by the '80s and '90s, offering vintage-inspired polos, pleated skirts and visors, while Recreational Habits recently launched a golf and a tennis capsule collection that's been winning over influencers.

The preppy athleisure trend can be adapted to any style and will elevate any outfit while keeping you cool and sweat-free. If you're looking to add the look to your own wardrobe, we've rounded up some of our favorite items to shop below, including tennis skirts, golf polos, and retro visors.

Mini Skirts

Preppy Athleisure Trend

Mini skirts have made a comeback. When it comes to preppy athleisure, short skirts have been a mainstay on both the tennis court and the golf course. Opt for a low-rise plaid skirt or a classic white tennis skirt.

Scktoo Pleated Tennis SkirtEleloveph Pleated Tennis Skirt

Shop now: $18;

Tory Sport Yarn-Dyed Twill Club Skirt

Shop now: $178;

Lacoste Sport Light Pleated Tennis Skirt

Shop now: $95;

Outdoor Voices Court Tennis Skort

Shop now: $58;

Preppy Sweaters

Preppy Athleisure Trend

A preppy sweater will instantly give your outfit the club sports look. It can be worn with anything from skirts to jeans to linen pants. There are tons of options to choose from, whether you're looking for a classic V-neck tennis sweater or a vintage-inspired graphic sweatshirt.

Tory Sport Cotton Ribbed Chevron V-Neck Sweater

Shop now: $328;

Tory Sport Heavyweight French Terry Half-Zip Tennis Pullover

Shop now: $198;

Alo Yoga Polo Henley Pullover

Shop now: $98;

Abercrombie Boyfriend Crew Tennis Graphic Sweatshirt

Shop now: $40 (Originally $55);

Retro Visors

Preppy Athleisure Trend

Visors are the ultimate statement piece to complement any athleisure outfit while also shielding your face from the sun. Go retro by opting for a classic white or floral visor.

Adidas Superlite Performance Visor

Shop now: $20;

Tory Sport Printed Adjustable Performance Visor

Shop now: $58;

Madewell MWL (Re)sourced Nylon Visor

Shop now: $19 with code SALEONSALE (Originally $27);

Polo Shirts

Preppy Athleisure Trend

The polo shirt is one of preppy athleisure's most timeless designs. Originating in 19th century polo games in India, the shirt was later redesigned for French tennis courts by tennis champion René Lacoste in 1929. Today, the polo shirt comes in a wide variety of cuts and colors, from sleeveless sportswear options to cropped styles.

Amazon Essentials Short-Sleeve Performance Polo

Shop now: $14–$17;

Alo Yoga Choice Polo

Shop now: $68;

Adidas Equipment Primegreen Polo Shirt

Shop now: from $21;

Nike Victory Dri-FIT Sleeveless Polo

Shop now: $50;

A-line Dresses

Preppy Athleisure Trend

These modern designs are a direct tribute to classic tennis style. You can stick to Wimbledon tradition with a white A-line dress or go for a contemporary take on the aesthetic with black or bright hues.

Hill House Home Billie Dress

Shop now: $125;

Alo Yoga Charmed Tennis Dress

Shop now: $118;

Outdoor Voices Court Cutout Tennis Dress

Shop now: $108;

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