History Of Womens Sports Clothes
Evolution of Women’s Golf Clothes
Many moons ago (early 20th century) when this world was still lost in the dark, clothing manufacturers didn’t pay attention to women’s clothing like they did mens. Because women’s sports weren’t popular, manufacturers didn’t give the designs the attention they needed to enhance performance for women athletes. These garments were often tight fitted and were not ideal for athletic movements.
Women in the Golf game at the time wore tailored tops and hemmed skirts that were similar to the outfits they wore in a place of business. Golf was and still is considered a sophisticated persons sport, so naturally, women wore outfits that were similar to those being worn in a place of business.
Around the year 1910 stylish women’s golf clothes started to make an appearance on the golf course. They began to introduce pleats into ladies golf jackets to prevent the jackets from tearing when they swung a club. The pleats were plain and were not decorated for fashion.
As the industrial revolution took off, women’s golf clothes began to see mass production like never before. Sportswear for women experienced an upward trend in production, modifications to jackets and skirts began to surface to make womens golf clothes more comfortable. At this time in America, women’s sports skirts were beginning to be manufactured shorter and with hems.
Today all the major manufacturers like Puma and Fila are producing massive amounts of womens golf clothes. We are even beginning to see small boutique designers like Flirtee Golf design and manufacture stylish women’s golf clothes.
Evolution of Womens Tennis Clothes
When women began playing tennis they were restricted to long skirts and uncomfortable tops. Tennis fashion consisted of stylish tennis hats, sporty jackets, and long skirts that were less than ideal for women to play in.
Like anything else that needs disruption, the tennis world was shocked in 1922 when Suzanne Lenglen made her Wimbledon appearance in a short tennis skirt. She continued to revolutionize the way women appeared on the tennis court for competition. Like other sports attire for women, tennis clothes were not being designed with the athlete and the performance in mind. Suzanne ditched the fancy hat, and opted in for a headband instead that was worn to keep her flowing locks out of her face. Casual tennis play was the norm before Suzanne took her play to the next level. By the 1930’s we began to see more women taking their athletic attire more seriously for performance. Eventually, the fancy hats were ditched entirely for variations of headbands and tennis visors. Soon other women followed her lead and continued to revolutionize womens fashion on the the tennis court. Alice Marble followed her lead by showing up to play in white tennis shorts, ditching the skirt entirely. Eventually, designers began to shorten the skirts to increase performance while maintaining a fashionable presence.
Eventually, women’s tennis clothes were being mass produced in white and in a large range of designs and fashion styles. whites became available in a huge range of fashion styles. Shorts and skirts were eventually combined to create the skort which is worn in Golf and in Tennis.
Evolution of Women’s Ski Clothes
By the 1930’s skiing was the fastest growing sport in America. The clothes that were being designed for women were not being designed for performance like the men’s line of ski clothes were. Long, tight trousers with limited mobility restricted the movement of women skiers. Most women were then wearing sweaters with a jacket over the top. Neither of these were being designed for ultimate performance.
Color options were limited to white and blue and styles were less than desirable. Later, the production of gloves began to introduce new color schemes that included two-tone designs which were new to the world of women’s skiing at the time. As the sport continued to grow, modifications to the garments were being made quickly. Waterproof materials were being researched and materials were being designed to allow for more flexibility.
Stocking caps and knitted sweaters rocked the winter wear for years. Sweaters were designed with winter themes that included skiers and winter landscapes. These sweaters would later become a hit during the holidays as consumers found joy in wearing them to Ugly Sweater Parties.