Sport has been and is still an important factor in the development of Western clothing, numbers of garments having been simplified to be suitable for sport. This is particularly true for jackets. The sport has brought the concepts of comfort and diversity to the garment. Diversity is expressed both in the wearing of pants in women than in the adoption of color by men.
Sport is also an engine of technical innovation in terms of textile or form since the garment is used in extreme environments: movement, external conditions, friction, etc. High-tech materials are well developed, providing technical skills specific to the example of materials that allow the evaporation of perspiration.
Different categories of sportswear
From the late nineteenth century, the popularity of cycling develops the appearance of light clothing required for men and skirt and trousers for women. Golf brings the cardigan, sea bathing suit show, horse breeds trousers jodhpurs, tennis raises the pleated skirt, ski causes the jacket, etc.. Even today the sports influence the volumes of clothing.
By the 1920s, some designers are particularly interested in the creation of sportswear. This is particularly the case of Madeleine de Rauch. For their part, designers such as Coco Chanel and Jean Patou launched a casual fashion for the city. The influence of sportswear in effect beyond the sphere of sport, urban clothing may have a sporty look, today called sportswear.
Sportswear in society Beyond their appearance and functionality, sports and casual clothing these days can be “carriers of messages.” Designers offer new clothing, for example “ethical”, stylish and technical quality equivalent or superior to those of the market. That is to say that the manufacture of these garments have to meet environmental and social standards of friendly people who produce them.