Your Traditional Whites for Tennis – Alex Eagle

By Megan O’Sullivan For The New York Times

The British creative director and designer Alex Eagle grew up playing tennis and has fond memories of rallying with friends — and of what everyone wore. “It almost felt ceremonious to get dressed in our whites and come together on court,” she says. The former editor and vintage curator founded her namesake brand, which includes women’s wear and home accessories, in 2014.

Since then, it’s expanded to include Alex Eagle Sporting Club, a collection of stylish sportswear meant for on and off the court. The Sporting Club’s latest launch, the Tennis Drop, features unbranded pieces with 1970s-leaning silhouettes that are made entirely in England from Italian cotton. See the Campden Hill Dress, a tailored minidress with a pleated skirt and square neckline, and the Berwick Crewneck Jumper, a sporty second layer complete with ribbed cuffs.

When coming up with these styles, Eagle looked to the vintage sports books she’s found at flea markets and men’s wear references from the ’60s, and tried to think about what was missing in her own wardrobe. “I’ve been on the hunt for the right tennis clothes — elevated garments with no logo, pieces I can throw a jumper over and wear after playing — for years,” Eagle says. “I would love to tell my 14-year-old self doodling tennis outfits on the backs of my school books that this happened.” From $30, alexeaglesportingclub.com.

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