2023 is undeniably the year of pickleball. From the fourteen pickleball courts that took over Central Park earlier this year to a number of clothing drops centered around the modality, it’s hard to not get sucked into the mega-craze. For those who’ve managed to escape the hysteria, here’s the quick rundown. Contrary to fellow racquet sport, tennis, pickleball uses smaller-sized paddles and is played on a much smaller court. Even the type of ball both games use differs. Another big difference? The fashion.
We all know the basic tenets of tennis fashion—preppy polo shirts, crisp white skirts and chic crew sock-sneaker combos. This aesthetic lives at the intersection of coastal grandma and New England prep, and carries itself with all the undeniable charms of quiet luxury. Tennis-core is sporty, yet stylish, vintage but versatile. But to some, the overly-manicured, crisp white aesthetic of the tennis court doesn’t fulfill all of their wildest athleisure dreams.