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Nike infuses new men’s & women’s fashions with ombré

The calendar says we’re just now into fall, but Nike has always marched to its own drummer, and has the Winter 2016-2017 tennis fashion line up ready for your game. Here are a few of our favorites in men’s and women’s .

Nike’s theme for the season is…ombré  – which essentially means colors that move from dark to light and does a great job suggesting movement. Let’s take a look at those pieces first in men’s and women’s.

I’m of course going to throw in a few of the other items in men’s that have caught my eye.  All RF. All on my WANT list.

Nike Men’s Winter Gladiator Premier 9″ Short

These are so cool! The Ombré style looks really nice and modern without being too garish (IE, most everything at the U.S. Open.) The Gladiator Premier 9″ Shorts feature a stretch waistband flat front and exposed elastic at back waist, front darts for improved fit, side pockets, laser cut perforations on sides, bold color gradient throughout, rounded V-notches at side hem, and a high density Swoosh on left leg. 9″ inseam, 18.5″ outseam (size L). Black w/White…Bright Mango w/Pure Platinum & Black…Purple Dynasty : Dri-Fit 90% Polyester, 10% Spandex taffeta. Got ’em here.

Nike Men's Winter Gladiator Premier 9 Inch Short

Nike Men’s Winter Premier Jacket

This jacket features a slim elastic collar, cuffs and waistband to stay in place during movement. It also has a full zip entry, ribbed raglan sleeves and zippered front pockets and a heat transfer Swoosh at left chest. The rich gradient colors are so perfectly fall and so eye catching. Purple Dynasty w/Bright Mango : Dri-Fit 100% Polyester. You’ll find it here.

Nike Men's Winter Premier Jacket

Nike Men’s Winter Court T-Shirt

Touches of ombré here but what a bold, graphic design! This soft tri-blend tee features a ribbed crew neck, oversized Nike Court graphic printed on chest, Dri-Fit performance, and a printed Nike Court logo at upper back. White w/Black…White w/Bright Mango : Dri-Fit 75% Polyester, 13% Cotton, 12% Rayon. Find it here!

Nike Men's Winter Court T-Shirt

Nike Men’s Winter RF Stealth Pocket T-Shirt

Now this is a true Darth Federer shirt. (To match the new racquet, as it happens.) This soft cotton tee features a ribbed v-neck, bonded left chest pocket with heat transfer iridescent RF logo and an iridescent Nike logo at back neck. Ombré touches the printed design very lightly. And…believe it or not- 100% cotton – love that. Black, Cannon, (kinda a light green) and Blue Grey.

Nike Men's Winter RF Stealth Pocket T-Shirt

Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour

The shoe of Roger Federer. (Why isn’t it the Nike Zoom Vapor RF 9.5 Tour?) I love this color combo, (Coastal Blue / White / Bright Citrus) but alas, no wide widths. This latest version features a completely seamless upper with more modern print designs, making it lighter and faster than ever before. In addition, durability has been improved with re-enforced areas on the toe and medial side. If you’ve been a fan of the Vapor 9, or are looking for the ultimate in lightweight comfort on the tennis court, the new Vapor 9.5 is a shoe that’s certainly worth a try. See it here.)

Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour


And now the women…Karin weighed in here on some of her picks from Nike’s latest collection. She is pretty excited about the ombré theme and suggests pairing the artsy pieces with solids in the same family. Lots to choose from in this very large group.

Nike Women’s Winter Flex Victory Premier Skirt

The Flex Victory Premier Skirt features a flat-front elastic waistband for the perfect fit, knife pleats throughout that offer a natural range of motion, built in compression shorts, modern gradient color design and a heat transfer Swoosh at left hip. This skirt is available in two lengths. Black w/White…Purple Dynasty w/Bright Mango…Purple Dynasty w/Fire Pink : 84% Polyester, 16% Spandex. TW has this new skirt here. Karin loves this one in particular.

Nike Women's Winter Flex Victory Premier Skirt

Nike Women’s Winter Hyperwarm Fade Tight

These tights feature lightweight and minimal seams, a jacquard Nike Pro elastic waistband, clean-looking sublimated ombre print and a Nike swoosh at left thigh. Black w/White…Purple Dynasty w/Bleach Lilac : Dri-FIT 80% Polyester, 20% Spandex Plain Jersey. Find it here.

Nike Women's Winter Hyperwarm Fade Tight

Nike Flare

The shoe of Serena Williams. We’re getting used to this now. The full mesh upper will provide loads of comfort and breathability while offering a glove-like fit. A unique extended stretch collar ensures your feet are locked-in as it wraps around your ankle. This lightweight shoe delivers a quick, responsive ride and is extremely comfortable on the court. And the herringbone outsole pattern will offer excellent traction on all court surfaces. It’s shown here in a jaunty Purple/Silver/Rose Gold. Find it right here. (Also available in a more conservative Black/White.)

Nike Flare

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