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A decade ago pickleball apparel was lampoonish, silly t-shirts and an old pair of shorts were perfectly acceptable. Now, as the sport has evolved so has the style. You’ll witness a wardrobe mix on today’s courts.

Pickleball players

Apparel is roughly on par with what you see for tennis players. Though pickleball is still a much more casual sport; it’s also gained a trendy edge. For ladies, tennis skirts are growing in popularity. For men, any pair of good running shorts or pants will do.

When you google pickleball apparel you’ll still find a mix of pickleball themed t-shirts, and there’s even a company that sells pickleball print leggings, but it’s not the norm for the courts.

Since pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the country, it makes sense that an effort would be made to mainstream its image. Most of today’s serious players don’t wear the old style pickleball shirts and shorts, opting instead for more modern sport’s clothing.

Who determines Pickleball apparel?

Retailers have taken notice of pickleball and are marketing some big names like Nike and Head toward players, but the major names don’t seem to have pickleball specifically on their radar. Still, in the $186 Billion sporting apparel industry that will probably change, funny name aside. Just take a look at the market for Pickleball Paddles!

The generation gap is most likely one of the things that holds back marketing dollars from being thrown toward pickleball apparel. It may be a popular sport, but it’s been almost exclusively the territory of retirees for decades. Not exactly the target market for adidas. But like we’ve said, that’s changing, most people that play pickleball decide to play again, and that includes kids and even millennials. It’s a huge market, and it grows year over year. Its history may surprise you.

Is There a Dress Code for Pickleball?

No! Pickleball is all about choice on the court, it’s one of the things people love about it. One tip about pickleball apparel to keep in mind is that there tends to be a lot of color on the court, so there’s no reason to go for the conservative look.

A few of our favorite looks for this Spring’s courts are:

Ladies Pickleball Clothes

Ladies Pickleball Bottoms

bollé High Resolution Printed Tennis Skirt with Shorts

Piping and color panels to compliment your figure

Airy fabric for keeping your cool on the court

Nike Women’s Tennis Court Skirt

Built-in compression shorts make this a trendy look with a little extra style beyond that plain black basic.

Dri-fit anti-UV fabric protects from UVA and UVB light.

Nike Pure Printed Women’s Tennis Skirt

Stylish Spring colors bring a pop to this skirt. Be the first to wear it on the court this year!

DriFit material keeps moisture at bay

Built-in shorts allow for maximum activity

Women's Pickleball Dress

adidas Women’s Parley Dress

This snug fit dress has a three-dimensional internal structure to help keep you comfortable.

Perfect colors for the upcoming 2019 spring/summer collection

This split neck v will turn heads on the court.

Lightweight material will keep you cool and active on the court

adidas Comfort Fit Leggings

Perfect for those chilly spring afternoons, these control top leggings will keep you warm.

Moisture-wicking fabric will drive away sweat and keep you dry on the court

This maximum stretch material gives you plenty of flexibility during your game.

Skirt Sports Gym Girl Ultra

These colorful Girl Ultra skirts add flair to any game

They’re also incredibly comfortable and UV protectant

Bring some style back to the court

Available in multiple color patterns, choose one you love!

The adidas T10 are perfect all-around sport pants

Tapered leg and elastic waist cut from comfortable lightweight fabric.

These track-inspired pants look great anywhere.

Rated #1 in Amazon’s Women’s sportswear!

adidas Women’s Techfit Capris

These are adidas’ most comfortable running tights

Available in 22 prints and colors

Climalite fabric wicks away moisture

Shorter length helps to keep you cool while you play

adidas Women’s Club High Rise Tennis Short

High rise, slim fit shorts give you a stylish edge

9% Spandex for easy movement

Climalite fabric wicks moisture away from your body, keeping you cool and dry

HEAD Women’s Athletic Workout Shorts

Polyspan fabric for high-intensity workouts

Sweat won’t slow you down with Head’s quick dry material

Soft and comfortable, breathable shorts

NIKE Women’s Court Dry 11 Tennis Short

Stretchy, sweat-wicking fabric

Convenient side pockets

Beautiful trendy styles and five colors to choose from

Nike Women’s Flex Shorts

Train with confidence in Nike Flex shorts.

A loose outer layer covering a spandex interior gives you the ultimate in mobility on comfort

Made with Nike’s famous, trademark DriFIT Technology you’ll have all day comfort

Ladies Pickleball Tops

adidasWomen’s Response Tanktop

Exceptional comfort and breathability

6 colors to choose from

T-back with keyhole detail

Moisture-wicking fabric will help keep you dry on those hot days

adidas Women’s Tennis Essex Strappy Tank Top

Detached back, loose layover

Climacool for your comfort

Openhole back for great breathability

Multiple color schemes

Racerback with a round neck for a trendy Spring look!

Ladies pickleball top

Acasia Women’s UPF 50+ Long Sleeve Sun Protection Workout Running Shirts 

Sunscreen is paramount when you’re playing outdoors this Summer!

4-way stretch

Ergonomic Construction

Featured in 4 fantastic designs, you’re sure to find one that fits your style

adidas Womens Tennis Club Tee

Fitted and stylish, this Tee makes a statement of its own

Moisture-wicking fabric keeps you comfortable on the court

5 ourstanding color patterns to choose from

Cool and lightweight fabric for a great range of motion

Bestisun Women’s Cute Yoga Tank Top Tie Back Activewear Workout Shirt

Soft stretchy fabric great for workouts

Modern, sexy open back

Great style for the courts, easy movement and flawless range of motion

Men’s Pickleball Clothes

Men’s Pickleball Tops

Under Armor Men’s Tech 2.0

14 Awesome Colors

Great Breathability

Wicks Moisture/Quick Dry

Anti-Odor Technology

Keep your range of motion with UA 2.0 Tech

Pickleball long sleeve shirt for men

Nike Men’s Dry Training Top

Lightweight DriFIT Fabric pulls sweat away

Long sleeves for extra warmth and UVA coverage

Keep that Spring chill at bay with Nike’s Long Sleeve Training Top

adidas Men’s Badge of Sport Classic

Large Logo

Climalite fabric keeps skin clean and dry

Slim Fit

A stylish array of colors and patterns

Extra comfort fabric for a great range of motion and longer games.

Under Armor 1/2 zip Tech 2.0

Easy layering with generous 1/2 zip

Prevents microbe growth for anti-odor assurance

Quick drying soft fabric that allows for maximum performance on the court

adidas Men’s Club 3-stripes Polo

Classic look adidas polo

6 awesome color choices

Great breathability with this lightweight fabric

Perfect stretch for easy range of motion

adidas Men’s Training Ultimate Short Sleeve Tee

Men’s multi-sport Tee

Trademark Climalite moisture-wicking fabric

Perfect for a light game or a high impact workout

12 stylish colors to choose from

Men’s Pickleball Bottoms

Nike Men’s Epic Knit Pants

Tapered ankle to keep you in style

Internal drawstring for a personalized fit

DryFit fabric to help draw away moisture

With 16 colors and patterns to choose from you’re sure to find the right pair!

Pickleball Pants for men

adidas Men’s E 3s T Pant Tric

Traditional adidas 3 stripe legs are a standout.

Tapered ankles keep you in the season’s trend

Recycled polyester tricot fabric

Generous pockets

Sleek modern-looking pants that stand out on and off the court

Under Armour Men’s Raid 10″ Shorts

Protect your skin with UPF 30+ material

Beloved Under Armor anti-odor technology

Soft and lightweight HeatGear fabric keeps you feeling cool and comfortable while you play

Nike Men’s Team Equalizer Shorts

100% Dri-FIT knit polyester

White has built-in briefs

8″ Inseam

Elastic waistband and drawcord so you can play with a personalized fit

adidas Men’s Soccer Tiro 17 Training Pants

Ventilated Climacool mesh inserts to keep you comfortable

This fabric has great breathability and movement

Stylish slim fit and tapered ankles

Drawcord on elastic waist; mesh insert below back waist

HEAD Men’s Jogger Activewear Pants

The latest in moisture management technology

Secure zip pocket to keep your belongings

Comfort and breathability with patented HEAD material

Great for on or off the courts

Enjoy Your own Pickleball Style

If you’re still wondering what to wear on the court this year, we encourage you to go spend a day at your nearest pickleball hangout. You’ll find people of every level to play with and get to know.

Pickleball is for every age and athletic ability so you can be comfortable joining in the fun and spending a few hours bonding with other local players. If you’re new to the game don’t let its popularity intimidate you. You won’t feel the elitism you get from other racket sports.

Pickleball is a perfect way to burn calories, have some fun, and meet a few nice people along the way. Take a look at our guide Pickleball Rules made easy for more help.

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