Serve Looks in These Stylish Tennis Sweaters

Tenniscore is having a moment, but these classic sweaters are timeless.

Serve Looks in These Stylish Tennis Sweaters
brunette model Gala Gonzalez is seen wearing striped pants, red turtleneck, brown blazer outside Michael Kors during New York Fashion Week Fall / Winter 2020
Tennis sweaters are always in style. Getty Images

Activewear trends come and go, but tennis-inspired fashion is always in style. There’s no denying, however, that the tennis aesthetic is having a real moment right now, and it’s easy to see why—you can’t go wrong with the adorable pleated skirts, crisp white sneakers, preppy dresses and chic sweaters, both on and off the court.

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The tennis sweater is traditionally a cable knit v-neck in the white, cream or general ecru color family, typically with striped banding. It’s usually a preppy pullover sweater, and while it isn’t actually worn on the court quite as much as other tennis apparel such as tennis skirts, skorts or polos, the pullover has become synonymous with the racket sport, and especially that particularly prepster, country club-going aesthetic.

The tennis sweater isn’t just for the country club set, though. Today’s tennis sweaters still have many of the same qualities as the original look, but there are also modern interpretations of the silhouette, whether it’s with a bold burst of color or a unique pattern. And don’t fret, because you don’t actually need to be preparing for a match or sitting court-side to wear these elegant sweaters. While you can definitely throw the sweater on over a pleated skort or bike shorts post-game at the tennis club, you can also pair it with tailored trousers, your favorite denim or a silky skirt. Tennis shoes are always comfy and cute, but you could also accessorize with loafers, sandals or boots.

No matter how you choose to style it, a tennis sweater is always a chic topper, especially for those tricky transitional seasons. Below, see the best tennis sweaters to shop now.

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The Best Tennis Sweaters to Shop Now

Tennis clothing is here to stay.

  • navy v-neck cable knit sweater
    N. Peal.

    N. Peal Women's Cable Cricket Cashmere Sweater

    A splurge-worthy cashmere sweater is a forever piece; this plush long-sleeve v-neck has a subtle cable knit, with blue and white accents and trim.

    $585, Shop Now
  • model wearing white v-neck preppy tennis sweater
    Saint James.

    Aleria V-Neck Tennis Sweater

    While Saint James is perhaps best known for their iconic Breton striped shirts, but they also make lovely sweaters and other accessories, like this new tennis jumper; it’s a flattering structured knit, for a more tailored aesthetic, with the brand’s trademark nautical touch.

    $235, Shop Now
  • white v-neck tennis sweater with navy detailing
    Tory Burch.

    Tory Burch Tory Sport Merino V-Neck Sweater

    Tory Burch’s casual take on the tennis sweater stays true to the traditional aesthetic, but in a warmer (yet still sporty) merino wool, for a perfect extra layer.

    $325, Shop Now
  • white v-neck cable knit tennis sweater with blue detailing
    Polo Ralph Lauren.

    Polo Ralph Lauren Cable-Knit Cotton Cricket Sweater

    You can’t go wrong with a classic Polo Ralph Lauren cable knit tennis sweater. While this is *technically* categorized as a cricket sweater, it has all the hallmarks of the tennis look, complete with a v-neckline and blue banding.

    $298, Shop Now
  • white v-neck tennis sweater with green contrast detailing
    St. John.

    St. John V-Neck Sweater With Contrast Detail

    If you’re ready to make a serious investment in a timeless tennis sweater, consider this indulgent cashmere v-neck pullover from St. John, with bright tennis court-green contrast rib knit detailing

    $995, Shop Now
  • v-neck white sweater vest with pink and red accent details
    The Upside.

    The Upside Quinn Striped Organic Cotton Vest

    It turns out that sweater vests aren’t just for grandpas—they’re also ideal transitional attire, especially when they’re as adorable as this sleeveless number, with pink and red stripes for a little pop of color.

    $129.99, Shop Now
  • model wearing yellow v-neck cable knit sweater
    Brooks Brothers.

    Brooks Brothers Linen Cable Knit Tennis Sweater

    If you want a tennis sweater in a more unexpected colorway, try Brooks Brothers’ lemony yellow-hued v-neck, with navy and white contrast stripes.

    $198, Shop Now
  • white v-neck tennis sweater
    Lacoste.

    Lacoste Unisex V-Neck Cable Knit Sweater in Organic Cotton

    Lacoste’s perfectly preppy sweater has all the retro hallmarks of the classic look; it’s an oversized fit, with a banded waist, contrast stripes and, of course, the signature crocodile emblem.

    $198, Shop Now
  • Kule.

    Kule The Yale Sweater

    Embrace the collegiate vibes in this cozy cotton sweater, which would look so effortlessly chic with crisp blue denim and classic loafers.

    $278, Shop Now
  • white cardigan sweater with black detail
    J. Crew.

    J.Crew Tipped V-Neck Cotton Cardigan Sweater

    A sporty tennis cardigan is an easy layering option; you can throw it on over a sleeveless tennis dress or pair it with a t-shirt and jeans.

    $118, Shop Now
  • Rowing Blazers.

    Rowing Blazers Wool Cricket Sweater

    Of course Rowing Blazers has a stylish take on the classic preppy tennis sweater, like this cable knit version with a rainbow of multicolored stripes.

    $298, Shop Now
  • model wearing white tennis skirt and short sleeved navy polo tennis shirt sweater
    Wilson.

    Wilson Sportswear Essex Polo

    For a less traditional interpretation, check out this short-sleeve collared polo shirt-sweater.

    $88, Shop Now
  • Minnie Rose Cable-Knit V-Neck Sweater
    Minnie Rose.

    Minnie Rose Cable-Knit V-Neck Sweater

    For a more streamlined, fitted silhouette, try this tennis club-ready white v-neck, with prepster-approved pink and green contrast stripes.

    $196, Shop Now
  • Varley Open Stitch Cotton Tennis Sweater
    Varley.

    Varley Open Stitch Cotton Tennis Sweater

    The deep, forest green hue is an ideal colorful yet versatile alternative to classic white.

    $118, Shop Now
Serve Looks in These Stylish Tennis Sweaters