Tracksuits, especially children’s, are becoming more and more popular in the world of fashion every year. And if earlier these clothes were only used for sports, from the end of the 20th century they came to be seen as a full-fledged element of subculture, casual, and even glamorous fashion.
Mass enthusiasm for sports in Europe (not including Ancient Greek traditions) began in the 19th century after the bicycle was invented. Later, following bicycle trips, an increasing number of people became interested in swimming and yachting. It was the time when such games as volleyball, football, rugby, cricket, tennis, horse polo, and archery, as well as ice skating and skiing, became popular.
All these sports activities certainly required comfortable clothes that would not get in the way or restrict movements, but instead would allow one to feel free. Since comfort has now become more important than spectacular design, manufacturers did not hesitate to create suitable clothing options. This is how the first tracksuits (or rather their prototypes) began to appear.
At first, only the men’s version of sportswear was produced, but later it became clear that for such sports as tennis or cricket a sports suit for girls should also be made. After all, even at the beginning of the 20th century, there were not only men’s but also women’s sports clubs that were engaged in cycling, tennis, and cricket.
Initially, the children’s tracksuit appeared in private educational institutions in Europe, in privileged schools for boys and girls. Over time, they could also be seen in colleges and universities. In such schools, a lot of attention was paid to sports, and the sports activities of girls and boys required different versions of sports clothing to be produced.
At first, these were not very comfortable clothes (by modern standards). Mostly, the first sports uniform for boys consisted of a woolen sweater, shorts or loose pants, socks, and sports shoes. In sportswear for girls pants and shorts were replaced by a skirt. But compared to a jacket or a blazer these kids’ sports suits were usually much more comfortable.
A new stage in the development of tracksuits took place in the United States. Here in the 1930s, thanks to the development of baseball and American football, such a simple, comfortable, and well-known element of sportswear as a sweatshirt appeared. A thick cotton long-sleeve t-shirt was much more comfortable and practical than the woolen sweaters that the teams used to train in before. And youth leagues led to the appearance of children’s tracksuits of new comfort and quality. Girls and boys could run and hit the balls much more efficiently.
However, the real boom in fashionable tracksuits happened in the 1980s, during the rise of hip-hop culture. Thanks to it stylish tracksuits for boys and girls appeared, bright and monochrome, for everyday walks or even for performing on stage.
If we talk about how children’s tracksuits appeared in Lviv it is worth mentioning the sports association “Sokil” that existed here before World War II. It was probably the largest sports association in Western Ukraine at that time, so the sports uniforms for boys appeared in our area almost simultaneously with the rest of the world. And another stage, a later one, played an important part. It was the youth league of the “Karpaty” football club where children also needed comfortable and high-quality uniforms.
Recently, Ukrainian manufacturers have begun to pay more and more attention to children’s sportswear. Aviatsiya Halychyny is no exception. We make comfortable and practical children’s tracksuits that make you warm even when Lviv is traditionally covered with heavy rain. We have developed interesting sportswear models that will not only make you warm and comfortable but also tell an interesting story. You can buy children’s sports suits on our website or at the store.
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