Tracksuit History: Where did tracksuits come from?

This short article explores the evolution of tracksuits – from their humble beginnings as athletic gear to becoming a statement piece in streetwear culture. A lot of the modern day wardrobe finds its origins in the world of sport, and the tracksuit – unsurprisingly, given the name – is no exception. 


The Early Days: A Sporting Start

Picture this: it's the early 20th century, and athletes are gearing up for their training sessions in heavy, woolen tracksuits. These outfits were all about functionality, providing warmth and flexibility during rigorous workouts. With matching jackets and pants, adorned with stripes or team logos, tracksuits were the go-to attire for athletes giving their all on the field.

Fast forward to the swinging '60s and '70s, and tracksuits are making their mark beyond the sports arena. Icons like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones are rocking them during downtime, sparking a trend that would shape the future of fashion. Tracksuits became synonymous with casual cool, blending comfort with effortless style.


The Glorious '80s to present day

Ah, the '80s – a time of neon colors, big hair, and iconic tracksuits. With the rise of fitness culture and the explosion of hip-hop music, tracksuits became a symbol of urban flair. Brands like Adidas and Nike led the charge, creating bold designs that graced the covers of magazines and the streets of every major city.



Finally - to the present day, where tracksuits are enjoying a renaissance. They're not just for workouts or lounging anymore – they're a fashion statement. From retro-inspired classics to tech-infused performance gear, there's a tracksuit for every mood and occasion. Luxury brands are putting their spin on tracksuits, blending high-end fabrics with streetwise designs.


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