A Shorts Story... How Far We've Come
All the legs who have come before us - have led the way.
Oh what a journey it's been.
In 1835, "gymnastics trousers"
Women's pants started emerging, but they were often worn under heavy skirts and other layers.
We'd say these are the "OG poofy shorts", worn by Fanny Blankers-Koen who won four gold medals at the 1948 Olympics in London. With a nickname like "The Flying Housewife" - did she also have to carry a frying pan?
In the 1960's, shorts or briefs became more form fitting - and fabrics began to improve, though most were still made from cottons or canvas. Bare shoulders also became more acceptable.
Wilma Rudolph, the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field at a single Olympics, competing in high waisted short shorts, signature to the 1960’s.
Mary Rand, the first British woman to win an Olympic gold medal in track and field, Tokyo Games in 1964.
In 1980, Marita Koch of East Germany, carries the baton. Synthetic materials, including polyester, came to rise in '80's - both on the track and in other exercises, such as aerobics and jazzercise
In 1984, the U.S. Olympic uniforms were made by the Italian company, Kappa. It's what Joan Benoit was wearing when she won that incredible first women's marathon in Los Angeles.
Today: Long shorts, short shorts, mid-shorts. Capris, long tights, loose pants, competition briefs. The options are infinite, as are the preferences.
What empowers you? Discover it. Wear it. Your legs know the way...