Are you a fan of sports style?February 2, 2020
Are you a fan of sports style?
If you are those types of people who feel comfortable with sports clothing more than any other type, and if you are wearing sports clothing as your daily clothes, in this article you are going to get more familiar with sports style.
But let me ask this first of all: How did sports clothing become an essential item of our closets? Sometimes even some of us who do not do sports continuously prefer sports style. Through a brief look at the sports clothing history, you would notice that sports clothing was specifically designed and made for sports activity till the year 1930. It was after the year 1930 that designers realized that sports clothing had become popular among people as daily clothing because of their comfortability, lightweight, and easy maintenance.
We probably could say that John Redfern, the English fashion designer, is the first fashion designer who introduced sports clothing and Sports Style as daily style; it was exactly that time that people started to wear sports clothes as casual clothes for streets and other than sports times. Clare Potter was also a pioneer American fashion designer who designed afternoon clothes that were also suitable for horse riding. Claire McCardell was also another American designer who became popular because of his multi-purpose shoes and ballet shoes that could be worn as a daily style. During the 1970s, Geoffrey Beene was another influential American designer who introduces manly essences and being layered to women sports clothing and these essences are present up to this century.
Americans were the pioneer in sports clothing design and the comfortability and flexibility of American sports clothes were more than French-designed ones. French people dedicated a very limited part of their products to sports clothing and on the other hand, American fashion designers had focused on their costumers’ life style and were determined to make high quality and comfortable sports clothes. But popular British designers, from the first, along with American sports style, started to design sports clothes in their brands and became prominent very soon because of their high-quality clothes and meticulously designed works.
Broadcasts gradually started to promote sports style. Sports style was introduced as a symbol of Modernization and American idealism in American fashion magazines; they were trying to introduce this style as something beyond wearing clothes and as an American sub-culture. For instance, in the year 1929, Abercrombie sports brand introduced a slogan in an advertisement in Veg magazine saying “Men feel more friendly with women who wear sports clothes”.
As much as the luxury and stylish Dior brand which had an emphasis on feminine elegance was popular, the American comfort-wearing fashion, in another part of the world, had grabbed the attention of many fashion writers. Fashion journalists were admiring this health-oriented and comfortable fashion by describing the beauty of fit and healthy American sports styled girls.
In the year 2000, a survey in the American magazine “Lifestyle Monitor” revealed that 4 percent of women prefer to have sports style most of the time.
Sports style gradually became a popular style for trips and vacations and another luxurious style named Cruise evolved from sports style and its aim was upper classes. However, the American sports style was not just for upper classes and American fashion designers were attempting to provide opportunities for all classes of society by making economical and stylish sports clothes.
Bonnie Cashin is one of the most creative American fashion designers who is called the god of sports wearing designing in America. But the emperors of America’s fashion industry are Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Donna Daren, and Tommy Hilfiger; Jacobs brand could also be added to this test. Emilio Pucci, Missoni, and Miuccia Prada or Miu Miu are successful British brands. Nike, Adidas, Puma, New Balance, and etc. are always pioneer brands in the sports fashion industry. Describing and recognizing sports style is not a hard job, and a sports component means having more than one sports wearing, including shoes or sports accessories. In Iran, we mistake most of these components for sports style.
In sports style, there always is a fixed sports component. The advocates of sports style use saturated, neon, powerful, and lively colors as much as they use colors like grey in their style components.
As mentioned at the beginning of this article, the most important feature of sports clothing is being comfortable. So it is better that the sportswear that you choose is not tight, and if you prefer parts like a legging to totally stick to the body, make sure that it has enough flexibility and softness.
If you still are not totally ready for sports clothing, you can find clothes these features of sportswear. For instance, clothes with horizontal strips, rugby clothes, cotton clothing with raglan sleeves or T-shirts inspired by Jersey style which has numbers of the players on them, like American sports male clothing. In addition to all these, you can wear clothes with the logo of your favorite team on them. Brands like Nike and Adidas make clothes with creative graphics of their logo on them.
Various types of sports shoes, yoga and Pilates leggings, sports suits, tennis skirts, hoodies, caps, backpacks & sports bags, and digital watches and smart wrest bands are the most important components of closets of people who are the advocate of sports style. However, all these items could suit clothing from other styles and make attractive inter-styles too.
Sports shoes, with no doubt, is the most essential option in sports style. There were lots of limitations from the viewpoint of fashionists in matching sports shoes in the past decades. For instance, lots of people believed that sports shoes could only be used with sports pants or legging, and occasionally with jeans. But as time passed and with the arrival of various sports shoe designs, the creativity and courage of fashionists boosted and they started to match sports shoes with non-sports styles.
So don’t forget that the fashion world has no fixed and unchangeable rules and styles are changing as time passes. For instance, the Preppy style, which we discussed earlier, has some features in common with sports style. Therefore, you can also make your personal sports style with a little creativity and interest in it.