Athletic sportswear are not generally been as easygoing and agreeable to wear as the clothing acknowledged as the standard today. It probably been uncomfortable to contend in the field and tennis court occasions of the former period wearing garments that were demure and legitimate. It was not until the 1950’s that competitors started wearing games garments that were both practical and elegantly planned in the recently presented engineered filaments of Elastane/Spandex/Lycra. As this was a stretchy material that gave great support, it was the ideal texture for making games and dynamic wear. Amid the 1960’s men and ladies started to be found in co-ordinated tracksuits of nylon and cotton-sew at games occasions.
Women’s early attire for sports
At the end of 19th century, women only then began taking part in sports, as this was primarily considered a male activity. The dress code for women was to play in ankle-length dresses, with long sleeves and high necks, and shoes with a heel. Male athletes on the other hand now wore baggy shorts and cotton vests.
An extract from the rules of the 1908 London Games marathon read,
“Every competitor must wear complete clothing from the shoulders to the knees (i.e. jerseys sleeved to the elbows and loose drawers with slips.) Any competitor will be excluded from taking part in the race unless properly attired.”
Thank goodness times have changed!
At the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, women competed in swimming events for the first time, wearing sleeveless thigh-length woolen bathing suits. This was thought of as being so extreme that U.S. female competitors were forbidden to take part in the games because of the unladylike swimwear worn. Their male counterparts tried out the latest scanty trunks worn beneath sheer swimming costumes, called “athletes.”
During the 1920’s, it became fashionable for both sexes to take part in sports such as tennis, golf and swimming. The moneyed crowd enjoyed polo and yachting, and the new styling of sportswear was designed for ease and comfort.
A comfortable change
The Amsterdam Olympic Games, 1928, was the first Olympics that female athletes were allowed to wear short-sleeved shirts and mid-thigh length shorts. Women’s track and field events were introduced for the first time to the Olympic Games. At last, female athletes are recognized sports participants, and also to wear a more comfortable level of sports clothing.
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