What Women Wore: A Look Back at Sports Fashion

Female athletes have come a long way in the last hundred years, and so has their clothing.

The immobilizing corsets and endless layers of heavy wool skirts (some weighing up to 14 lbs.!) that characterized women's fashion in the Victorian Era made mobility so difficult, it's impressive these women could even walk, let alone play sports. Women's "athletic" gear was itchy, heavy, restrictive, and sometimes just plain silly-looking — a far cry from the small, lightweight, breathable fashions of today's female athletes.

Check out the gallery above to see how how far we've come. You're guaranteed to make you appreciate your baggy yoga sweatpants and stretchy sports bras in a whole new way.

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