Looking Stellar in Stella
In the most exciting NOML apparel review this season, our testers tried out the new tennis collection from Stella McCartney. Stella brings her edgy style to the courts with this trendy collection, made specially, and exclusively, for adidas.
Tennis Tank ($110)
The tennis tank may be a traditional razorback, but it is anything but ordinary. It’s tight, but supportive, and allows the player to move around comfortably. Made from adidas’ Climalife fabric, it keeps players cool and dry by pushing sweat away from the skin.
The tank has a droptail hemline, designed to stay tucked while you play. Our player decided to go more casual and found that the droptail looks great untucked as well, adding distinctive detail that shows anyone that this ensemble is trendier than your average sportswear. These details really make the tank – the streamlined seaming down the front is elongating and there are buttons along the razorback, which add an element of sweetness to this otherwise tough tank. Our testers loved this tank – calling it their favorite part of the Stella collection and their new favorite tennis top overall!
A trendy tennis tank is nothing without its signature companion – the tennis skirt. True to her own style, Stella McCartney unleashes a modern take on the traditional tennis staple. The design is super cute – it plays on the traditional tennis pleats and "de-prepifies" them a bit, by adding a big hipster belt. The result? A balanced, stylish skirt that is the perfect complement to Stella’s tennis tank. The skirt has a hidden side zipper and detail buttons down the front, which correspond to those on the tennis tank. Like the tank, the skirt is made with the Climalife fabric, which means that this skirt will be able to handle hot summers as well as the current balmy spring. Our only complaint with this product is that it seems to run pretty small and short – so watch out for windy days!
You have to be pretty confident to wear them on their own, but that’s what Stella and adidas are all about – pairing confident tennis ladies with clothes to match! The tennis hot pants were also perfect for wear under short tennis skirts (see above). It’s pretty unusual to find a pair of tight spandex shorts that are flattering, but these hot pants are 65% polyester / 35% cotton blend, which means the material breathes easy while still creating a great shape. Plus, the hot pants are adorned with a satin waistband, which is just the subtle detail that makes the Stella collection so stellar.
All in all, Stella McCartney brings a modern and stylish twist to tennis clothes – it’s easy to play great tennis when you are wearing a great outfit – the Stella collection makes you feel like a pro who just stepped out of a fashion magazine. Plus, we love what adidas and Stella have done with the label – the Stella font is sassy and upbeat, just like the clothes. The Stella line is a bit pricier than the traditional adidas line (the tanks and skirts tend to range around $100) – but the price is definitely worth the style you get for it.
For these Stella McCartney styles and more, visit www.shopadidas.com. (We hear that there are running, general gym, and swim apparel as well – it’s enough to make us try a triathlon!)