There can be nothing more off putting than cold weather when it comes to motivating ones self to exercise. However, tennis has the advantage of really cute gear, including cute winter gear, so there is no excuse to be a weather weeny when it comes to getting yourself out there on the tennis court - unless it's raining!
The best idea is to layer up. Inevitably, once you get moving, you will start feeling hot and then you're going to want to shed layers. Likewise, after the game, you should layer back up, as your body will cool quickly and if you're sweaty, you'll be vulnerbale to catching a chill and perhaps muscle cramping.
Let's start from the bottom up. I've found these Lululemon Studio pants to be my favorite tennis trousers. Mainly because I can fit balls in the pockets without them falling out whilst I'm playing. I also love that they're white, it makes them seem as though they really are for tennis (or cricket perhaps!). The other great thing is they have a warm fleecy lining, so a) you can't see through them, and b) they will keep your legs super warm. Lululemon also does this Studio pant in an un-lined version, which I also own and wear for tennis when it's not as cold. The un-lined version doesn't come in white - for obvious reasons! The ruching on the legs is very stylish and despite this, they don't make you look bulky. Make sure to pre-treat the hem of the pants with something like Zout before washing, to ensure the dirt is removed thoroughly.
The Lululemon Define Jacket is one of their staple items. It's close fitting which is good for your swing, serve, and style! The sleeves have thumb holes in so you can keep part of your hand warm, and then fold it back as a cuff when you no longer need it. It zips up all the way through to the mock neck collar, and the zipper pully can also be used as a pony tail band (apparantly), but I've never tried it! The jacket can be removed once you warm up, and it's a lot easier than pulling a sweater over your head and messing up your perfectly coiffed pony tail and visor display!
Underneath the jacket I'm wearing a black Lululemon Tank of which there are a ton of colors to choose from. They are extremely comfortable for all sports, not just tennis.
You may be wondering why I walked onto the court with a handkerchief sticking out of my pocket. Well, this was deliberate. It reminds me to mention that you should always have a large handkerchief whenever you play tennis in the cold weather, because the chill makes your nose and eyes run. Also this grey skull and paisley bandana handkerchief looked super cute with my outfit, so I thought I'd show it off!
Finally, these Nike sport gloves are great when you start out in the cold. Only for warming up however, because obviously they do interfere with your grip, and we don't want you playing anything less than your best!
Thanks for coming onto the court with me today!
Karen Serino is a life and style blogger, sharing fashion, fitness and fun for youthful women in their forties, fifties and beyond.
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