The Modern Tracksuit
As you probably already know, a tracksuit is a baggy, warm combo set including a sweatshirt or jacket and sweatpants with an elastic or drawstring waist. The A tracksuit was designed to keep athletes warm before, during (during breaks), and after games. You’ll often see players sitting on the sidelines in a full team tracksuit. It is meant to be quickly removed when a player returns to their game.
Tracksuits and their place in fashion have evolved throughout the years. It became trendy to wear tracksuits outside of athletic activities in the 1960s, and so the leisure suit or athleisure clothing was born. The modern Tracksuit grew more popular in the 1970s and brands started making them out of cotton, polyester, or terry cloth. Velour rose in popularity in the late 1970s and was the most favored fabric for tracksuits at the time.
The widespread trend of wearing athletic clothes as casual wear persisted throughout the 1980s, and numerous clothing and sportswear designers participated in the trend. During the 1990s, several prominent rappers and pop stars kept the tracksuit style alive. The 2000s saw a return of the velour tracksuit with brands like Juicy Couture making the style more popular than ever.
To this day you’ll see Olympic athletes wear tracksuits made by well-known fashion designers during the opening ceremonies and other Olympic events. The tracksuit has stood the test of time, remaining popular for many decades. To shop your own tracksuit look, check out SpectraUSA’s Full Zip Hoodie by Prepared Blanks and our matching jogger pants.