What to wear when playing pickleball
But of course, like Selkirk pro Parris Todd, you may also want to look fashionable as you work on your game.
What to wear to play pickleball in style
Pickleball is an active sport, so it’s essential to wear clothes in which you can move comfortably. While performance is vital, looking stylish on the pickleball court doesn't hurt either.
Think about items you can move in easily so you can get low in the transition zone and dominate at the kitchen line. Here are some tips to help you rock the pickleball style.
Wear lightweight and breathable clothes
Wear layered tops for versatility
Weather can be unpredictable, so wearing tops in layers is a smart choice. Pickleball is all about being agile, and layering allows you to adjust to the environment without missing a beat.
Bring a weather-resistant jacket
If there's a chance of light rain or chilly winds, consider bringing along a weather-resistant jacket. It will keep you dry and comfortable, allowing you to focus on the game instead of the weather.
Consider headwear for sun protection
Choose proper eye protection
Pickleballs can travel at high speeds, so safeguarding your eyes is crucial. Like Selkirk’s Mary and Maggie Brascia, consider a pair of sunglasses or protective eyewear to shield your eyes from the sun and potential impacts.
Make sure your feet are supported
Although most tennis shoes can work for pickleball, court shoes designed specifically for pickleball are a game changer. Court shoes offer better grip, more ankle support, and soles that support the lateral movements you’ll make on the court. Don’t forget to wear a pair of durable, moisture-absorbing socks.
Top questions about pickleball apparel
As you consider your options, you may wonder about specific clothing items and styles. Here is a look at Selkirk’s suggestions for the most popular pickleball apparel questions.
Does pickleball have a dress code?
In most instances, pickleball does not have a dress code. However, some clubs may have their own dress code, so if you’re a club member, it’s best to check your local guidelines before hitting the courts.
For all tournament players, there is one dress code rule to consider. A USA Pickleball rule states that pickleball tournament players may not wear apparel that “approximates to the color of the ball.” So leave your bright yellow clothes at home!
For more information on tournament-approved apparel and equipment, check out this video with professional pickleball official Maddie Toren.
Can you wear leggings to play pickleball?
Leggings are a great option for playing pickleball. They offer excellent flexibility, allowing you to move freely on the court while keeping your legs comfortably covered. Opt for moisture-wicking leggings to wick away sweat, keeping you cool and dry during intense rallies.
Can you wear tennis clothes to play pickleball?
Many tennis outfits are perfectly suitable for pickleball, as both sports share similar movement requirements. From tennis skirts to dresses and shorts, you'll find a wide range of choices that offer comfort and style. Just ensure your outfit allows you to move with ease, and you're set to play pickleball like a pro.
What shoes do you wear for pickleball?
When it comes to footwear, the right pair of court shoes is a game-changer. Court shoes are specially designed to provide stability and support, allowing you to make quick lateral movements without risking injury.
They offer excellent traction on the court surface, giving you the confidence to chase down those hard-to-reach shots. Make sure to select a pair that fits well and offers ample cushioning for added comfort during intense matches.
Shop pickleball clothing at Selkirk Sport
Remember, the most important thing is to feel comfortable in what you wear so that you can focus on your game and have a blast on the court. Dressing right can make a world of difference in your game. Go for court shoes to move swiftly, opt for breathable clothes to stay cool, and don't forget the headwear and eye protection for added safety.
At Selkirk Sport, we have not only crafted top-performing pickleball paddles but also apparel that will enhance your on-court performance and highlight your personal style. Shop our apparel collection today for pickleball clothing that helps you dominate the courts in style.