Class Is In Session: A History of Athletic Wear

Over the years fast fashion has had a reputation of offering low-quality pieces that are quick to be thrown away, or shoved into a clearance bin at malls and discount stores all around the globe. Let’s be honest; some fast fashion is trash, some fast fashion is low-quality, some fast fashion is toxic for the environment. However, here at SuuchiX, we offer the speedy delivery of fast fashion, with a high quality edge, at affordable prices. We’ve taken our time to source the best materials, incorporate the proper technology, and utilize eco-friendly techniques that put our white label garments in a league of their own. Fast fashion is changing to focus on high quality resources, and we at SuuchiX are at the forefront of this important industry change. Especially when it comes to our athletic wear.

For your brand we offer a white label seamless collection, featuring high quality items like: compression t-shirts, leggings, tank tops, long sleeve tops, and sports bras. We’ve tinkered with the specifics, and produce a line that features high quality components like moisture wicking, odor blocking, and high body compression. We compete with the allure of fast fashion’s deliver times and affordability, all the while one upping the industry standards by incorporating undeniable quality control. Our athletic wear is designed to meet the needs of designers who expect quality, as well as customers who are in need of pieces that they can rely on to hold up in the gyms, on the fields, and on the streets.

The history of high quality athletic wear is rich and inspiring; from the compressed dresses for female athletes of the late 1870’s, to the undeniable coolness of 1990’s fashion shows featuring track suits and sneakers, it’s a history that any designer can appreciate and incorporate into their line.

Here are 17 times that athletic wear won the gold.

Two women reaching up to get a jump ball with other players looking on to get the ball. The women are dressed in matching athletic wear. 1941-1950 

Credit: Palos Verdes College Photo Collection

Rosa Parks in leotards on knees on yoga mat. 1973 March

Credit: Library of Congress

Model wearing blue shorts and a striped sport’s bra on stage during a fashion show at the Women’s Expo 1998.

Credit: University of Missouri Library, Patricia Stevens Collection

Clare Look-Jaeger relaxes at a track and field meet, 1988

Credit: Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Marquette University Libraries.

“Hoffmaid knickers are carefully planned, patterned and produced to provide a superior garment for sports wear. Hoffmaid knickers embody the last word in tailored refinement, fit and finish. Hoffmaid knickers are being sold in the highest class stores of the country.” 1922.

Credit: Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. “Hoffmaid Knickers.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1922.

Drawing of a man wearing a sporting tee-shirt. 1877.

Credit: Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. “Charles E. Courtney.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1877.

“Miss Lizzie Mowbray, The Famous Club-Swinger And Athlete.” 1881. 

Credit: Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. “Miss Lizzie Mowbray, The Famous Club-Swinger And Athlete.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1881.

A boxer posing in leggings. 1927.

Credit: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, The New York Public Library. “In fighting trim.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1927.

A lady golfer in a long sleeve sports shirt. 1904.

Credit: Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. “On The Links.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1904.

Field Hockey Player, Ca. 1922

Credit: Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. “Field Hockey Player, Ca. 1922.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1922.

Woman With Snowball And Skates. 1909.

Credit: Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. “Woman With Snowball And Skates.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1909.

A couple wearing ski gear in the mountains. 1920.

Credit: Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. “A Chamonix, Habillés Par Barclay.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1920.

An ad for old-school ladies tennis skirts. 1919.

Credit: Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. “Tennis Skirts.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1919.

Four women exercising at the Vic Tanny’s Gym in Los Angeles, Calif., circa 1953

Credit: Vic Tanny with four women exercising at his gym Vic Tanny’s Gym in Los Angeles, Calif., circa 1953
UCLA, Los Angeles Times Photographs Collection

Boy with sports clothes playing soccer kicking ball in park in summer with grass and trees. From a series of images shot by (Peoria) Journal Star photographer Jack L. Bradley

Credit: The Jack Bradley Photojournalism Collection (Bradley University)

Bikram Choudhary conducting Hatha yoga class, pretzel pose, in Los Angeles, Calif., 1974

Credit: UCLA, Los Angeles Times Photographs Collection

Cover of a magazine featuring models in sports clothes. Year unknown.

Credit: University of Rochester AIDS Education Collection

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