White shorts always see-through?

Wuppy

Professional
So I bought 2 pair of white shorts. One were some cheapies at Target, another were some decent Head brand white ones specifically for tennis. Both, you can see the white pockets through the shorts! In fact, if I wear patterned underwear (boxers, not briefs, to let Mr. Happy breathe of course), the pattern shows through both. I have to wear light grey underwear with these shorts.

Is this pretty standard for white shorts?



I didn't see players at Wimbledon this year looking like this...

 

ThePro101

Rookie
Most white tennis shorts, at least from a tennis company, will have a white mesh lining through the entire short, to prevent that... Try Wilson or Adidas ones.

Good luck!
 

Vlad_C

Semi-Pro
Nike shorts are the worst. If you want to impress the ladies at your local park, try going commando in a pair of white Nike tennis shorts. :shock:

Adidas are ok, I bought a pair last year, they're fine, but I still use them with white underwear only, just in case.
 

syc23

Professional
That's one reason why I don't buy white shorts. If I did, I would wear white compression shorts underneath.
 

gamerx52986

Rookie
I have one pair of Nike shorts in white and recently bought two pair of Under Armour in white and both brands have a mesh lining to prevent just that. Still...white shorts are by far the last color choice I purchase.
 

ArliHawk

Hall of Fame
Lacoste shorts have a great lining in them. As for the compression shorts underneath, use grey. For some reason, they are less see through than white.
 

texacali

Rookie
I have one pair of white (unlined) adidas shorts and wear black or grey compressions with them. Do the same with any of my shorts that are mesh-type material.
 

gully

Professional
I remember one of Agassi's post-match press conferences at Wimbledon some years back:

(Female) Reporter: Andre, have you noticed that your white shorts, while adhering to the club's dress code, are rather ... ahem ... transparent?

Agassi: No ... but apprently you have.
 

WildVolley

Legend
It really depends on how thick the fabric is. The woven type shorts aren't necessarily see thru, but a lot of the thin fabric ones are when they get wet, as in the Djokovic picture.

I wear white compression shorts under my thin white shorts. White shorts are harder to keep looking clean and new, too.
 

BreakPoint

Bionic Poster
I own tons of white tennis shorts and almost all of them are see-thorugh. I really don't see what the issue is. It's rare that you can also see through your underwear, even if your underwear is white. And if you wear colored underwear and people can see it through your white shorts, so what? People already know you wear underwear under your shorts whether they can see it or not. And if they can also see through your underwear, well, what are they really going to see that they haven't seen before? :wink:

The pros don't seem to mind as most pros wear white tennis shorts all the time even though there are huge crowds watching live and millions watching on TV. How many people are watching you play tennis?
 

tarkowski

Professional
Most white tennis shorts, at least from a tennis company, will have a white mesh lining through the entire short, to prevent that... Try Wilson or Adidas ones.

Good luck!
This! I own a few pair from Adidas that have a lining and are not see-through.
 

Epictennis

New User
I have white Nike tennis shorts. I wear even black under armour compression shorts underneath and I still look fine :) Most people don't really take that much of a notice because it's.. well under armour. It's normal to wear compression shorts :)
 

raphMODE

Professional
It really depends on how thick the fabric is. The woven type shorts aren't necessarily see thru, but a lot of the thin fabric ones are when they get wet, as in the Djokovic picture.

True!
I bought 2 Federer's white short :
- Spring 2011 (indian wells - grey sage lining on pockets)
- Summer 2011 (Madrid, Rome, Roland Garros - gridiron lining on pocket)
It's the same fabric and model - except for the lining color - but the summer one is more see-thru than spring !
 

Wuppy

Professional
The strange thing about the Head ones (got them on-sale, I think they're last-year's model) is that they have a bluish mesh in the back that prevents see-though, but none in the front! :confused:
 

jmverdugo

Hall of Fame
most of my shorts are white and I sweat a lot, neve had this issue, but I always wear compression shorts and I have nothing to hide. ;)

Actually if you by the ones that are made of thick mesh instead of a thin polyester fabric this doesnt happen.
 

Angle Queen

Professional
Sorry, guys, I find this thread amusing. Welcome to our (ladies) world. Tops that don't support "the girls" or issue headlight alerts and shorts that are too short or, worse, show....

I've vowed to "boy"cott next USTA season and wear only "boy" clothes -- shorts (with pockets!) and tees. Based on this thread, though, I'll still have to worry about those polka-dotted undies. LOL
 

Andreas1965

Rookie
Last night I wore for the first time in my life black underwear with white shorts. Couldn't find white undies in the drawer so I had to use what's available.

I lost the match. A sign?
 
Lol this made me laugh. Whenever I go out I sometimes wear my white nike tennis shorts and all my friends tell me how see through they are. Now I have decided to wear white boxers instead of colored :)
 

ArliHawk

Hall of Fame
Lol this made me laugh. Whenever I go out I sometimes wear my white nike tennis shorts and all my friends tell me how see through they are. Now I have decided to wear white boxers instead of colored :)
Oddly enough, gray compression shorts seem to show through white less than white compression shorts. Makes no sense, but tough to argue with the results.
 

Wuppy

Professional
For most skin colors, light grey under-shirts are recommended to wear under white dress shirts, so the principle is probably the same here. It should be the same luminosity as your skin color, and few people are that pale a white.
 

TeflonTom

Banned
most of my shorts are white and I sweat a lot, neve had this issue, but I always wear compression shorts and I have nothing to hide. ;)

Actually if you by the ones that are made of thick mesh instead of a thin polyester fabric this doesnt happen.
my condolences
 

Fuji

Legend
White shorts are awful, that being said I do have 3-4 pairs that I rotate. They are all a bit longer in the "Nadal" style so I don't mind!

-Fuji
 

BreakPoint

Bionic Poster
For most skin colors, light grey under-shirts are recommended to wear under white dress shirts, so the principle is probably the same here. It should be the same luminosity as your skin color, and few people are that pale a white.
But then wouldn't people think that you're not wearing any underwear at all? Isn't that far worse? I want people to know that, yes, I AM wearing underwear. I still think white underwear blends in best with white shorts.
 

Prostaffer

Semi-Pro
I skip white shorts now.

I used to buy Nike and Wilsons because they have the best shorts. Very thin and easy to move in. Then I get the white versions of the same model in nike, yeah they are see-through but still thin.

I buy white Wilson's that are the same model as the colored ones and they are thicker! So I asked Wilson and they mentioned that all of their white shorts have an extra layer to prevent the see-throughness.

So to avoid the situation I stick to colored shorts.

However if you need white and don't want the transparency at least we know that Wilson is always double layered.
 

Lucy Brown

New User
I always wear compression shorts underneath so it's not an issue for me. I have white and black compression shorts. I wear the white ones under white shorts.
 

Jeebs

Rookie
I don't wear underwear when I play. The first day I wore my white Nike Showdown shorts was a bit embarrassing.
 

gregor.b

Professional
So I bought 2 pair of white shorts. One were some cheapies at Target, another were some decent Head brand white ones specifically for tennis. Both, you can see the white pockets through the shorts! In fact, if I wear patterned underwear (boxers, not briefs, to let Mr. Happy breathe of course), the pattern shows through both. I have to wear light grey underwear with these shorts.

Is this pretty standard for white shorts?



I didn't see players at Wimbledon this year looking like this...

I haven't worn white shorts since the first time my wife saw them. She said 'never again' and that was that.
 

augustobt

Legend
I have the Nadal's last year Roland Garros, I think that it's the same as the first picture of this thread. I always try to use white underwear with it.
 
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