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Contemporary Sportswear

By Morgan Leeks

As sportswear becomes more fashionable, people often wear it out in public. Companies are starting to put their logos on shirts and have their employees wear them. Many people think of that as a job benefit. Often at charity events, you will see the workers wearing shirts and hats with the logo of the charity on them. Branding uniforms allows you to spread the word about your company while controlling what your employees wear to work.

The History of Sportswear

People have worn knitted clothing ever since the ancient times. They liked the stretchiness that knitted clothing allowed them. Jersey was developed around 1882. By 1900, it was used in riding clothing. Rubber fibres were then added to socks and undergarments in the thirties.

Sportswear after the war

After 1945, synthetic fibres were discovered and redesigned. They were used for dresses, underwear, and sportswear. By the middle of the sixties, many people wore clothing for the comfort. They were able to move around well in their stretchy clothing.

During the fifties, sportswear continued to change. Nylon was invented and mixed with synthetic fibres. Also, people tried new things with their fashion. Pockets were introduced to jackets and gloves. Hoods were placed on jackets and shirts. Elastic was commonly used for trousers. They made it easier to get dressed in the morning. Stirrup feet became a new fad. All of these things we take for granted, were invented during the fifties.

Athletes started using nylon with their shorts and vests. Windbreakers were commonly used on windy days. However, they still ran wearing normal trousers. During this time, they started using matching colours of navy, green, and grey in sweat suits and track suits. This helped lead to the very colourful and often vibrant eighties.

During this time, tennis whites also changed. As long as the outfit was white and modest, women were allowed to wear different styles of clothing. They wore shorts, dresses, and skirts with different decorative styles. Women were allowed to show a little more style on the tennis court.

Riding sports

Cyclists, motorcyclists, and scooter riders took the new advances to clothing in a direction that suited them. They wore a lot of jeans and trousers with stirrup feet. Capri trousers also became common.

Motorcyclists designed new jackets which kept the wind off of their bodies. Leather aviator’s jackets became popular. People who rode Vespa scooters often wore leather jackets with jeans. However, they also like suede and black stretch trousers for comfort. In the late fifties, they often wore a roll polo neck or cowl jumper.

With all of the changes in clothing, one sport stuck with their standard attire. Horseback riding continued to wear their riding trousers with a riding or hacking jacket. People wore their hard hats for protection. Some women did wear a skirt when riding.

With all of the changes to sportswear, people took notice. They decided that they liked the new features. They enjoyed wearing more comfortable clothes. Enveloping parkas and anoraks with hoods were often used during the sixties. However, this is not recorded.

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