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The Evolution Of Women’s Activewear


Fashion is an ever-evolving concept and this is true whether the clothes are being worn in the high street or in the gym!

Sportswear Style Through History

Sportswear style has been influenced over time by many different aspects of society. It can be inferred that initially activewear would have consisted primarily of garments simply designed to cover a person in a comfortable and sensible way. However, over time as the concept of fashion continued to develop, this became as applicable to sportswear as it did to other areas of the wardrobe.

The earliest sporting activities that people can be observed participating in are arguably those that involved shooting and hunting. Therefore, some of the very earliest active wear choices can be seen to have been tailored to these activities. Tennis and golf were also popular early sports.

Women in Sport

When it comes to the clothes that were designed for women to wear whilst engaging in these sports, the garments were certainly designed more to suit the attitudes of society at the time. The clothing would often be quite heavy and actually restrict their movements. This is because it was seen to be more important to keep the body covered for modesty than it was to be able to move freely.

It wasn’t until the early 1920’s that women’s sportswear began to evolve to help the player, rather than just to keep her covered. In 1922, Suzanne Lenglen started to smash expectations of women in sport when she turned up to play a tennis match in a short skirt and without her hat – the first woman to ever do so!* Although this was a huge step forwards, it was a further decade later until women began to wear trousers during sports.

Shifting Attitudes

From this point onwards a shift in society began to emerge in regards to what was acceptable for women to wear during sports. This is a concept that was further fuelled by the push for gender equality that was apparent during the Second World War.

When World War Two came to an end in 1945, synthetic fibres became more prominent within the clothing industry. This opened up a whole new world of activewear potential. Nylon was a particularly popular choice for making sports garments at this time, and was used to create clothes that were not only comfortable but that looked good too!

In fact, it is fair to say that by the 1950’s attitudes in regards to women’s sportswear had shifted from conforming to societies expectations, to satisfying the fashion choices of the individual.

Activewear Today

A balance between style and comfort is evident when observing the clothing choices that people make for physical activities today. Both men and women have the freedom to make their individual choices when it comes to their sports clothing. For many people functionality and comfort is the most important thing. However, due to the endless availability of different styles of sportswear today, it is easy to find clothes that are both stylish and practical!

Choosing the Right Clothes

The clothes that you choose to wear to exercise will first and foremost be influenced by the sport that you are doing. For example, you wouldn’t wear the same clothes to yoga that you would wear to go skiing!

Your clothing choices may also be influenced by your interest in preserving the resources of the planet by opting for sustainable fabrics. A subject that you can click here to read more about!

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Finding Your Gym Style


If fashion and exercise are among your favourite things, then dressing for your gym session can be as exciting as the workout itself. Your style choices in the gym will of course differ from every other aspect of your wardrobe, and this is something that you can have a great deal of fun with as you find what looks good and feels comfortable!

In addition to having many different types of garments to choose from when it comes to activewear, you can also find the right colours for you. If you are going to the gym often, or regularly engaging in any other type of exercise, then having an ample amount of clothes to wear is important. The last thing you want to do is miss a workout because you forgot to do the laundry!

As well as having several outfits, you should also have at least two pairs of trainers if possible, so that you can alternate often as you keep them clean and fresh.

Style for Motivation

Revamping your wardrobe can be a quick fix if you are seeking fresh motivation to get back into the gym. A new selection of activewear can boost your confidence and inject some enthusiasm into your fitness efforts. Also, when you splash out a little more than you usually would, then you will be motivated to wear your new garment – and to do so you will have to go to the gym!

When considering your style choices, also pay close attention to the type of material that is being used. It should be lightweight, breathable and preferably also anti-bacterial.

In the Pool

If your gym has a swimming pool then you have an added excuse for an extra shopping session. Swimwear can be just as creative as any other type of exercise apparel, and you can get yourself a colourful selection of different varieties to match your mood on any given day.

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Whether you opt for a bikini or a swimsuit, there is an endless range of beautiful design and styles that you can choose from. It is super easy to combine style with comfort when it comes to swimwear, and you can also wear your new garments around the pool and at the beach this summer.

Express Yourself

The clothes that you choose to wear during your day to day are often an outward expression of your personality and character – and the clothes that you wear at the gym do not have to be an exception! Be bold, be creative and most of all be yourself!

Going to the gym is all about you, your health and your fitness. If dressing to impress is important to you then that’s totally okay, but dressing for your own personal comfort and happiness is much more important.

Choosing loose fitted clothing that does not restrict your movement in any way is obviously an optimum idea. If the clothes that you are wearing are too tight, then not only might you not be able to perform as well as you otherwise could, but you also might become quite uncomfortable.


The activewear selection that we have on sale at PAMA London is designed to not only be stylish and comfortable, but sustainable too! Although we have created an extensive range of fashionable garments to be worn during any type of physical activity, we have first prioritised the health of our planet! We have been able to do this by using recycled charcoal bamboo in our fabric – one of the most eco-friendly materials available for making clothes!

Click here to check out our range of activewear now and discover how you never have to compromise on style when it comes to sustainability!

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The first part of namaste comes from "namaha," a Sanskrit verb that originally meant "to bend." Bending is a sign of submission to authority or showing some respect to some superior entity." Over time, "namaha" went from meaning "to bend" to meaning "salutations" or "greetings." The "te" in namaste means "to you," Deshpande says. So all together, namaste literally means "greetings to you." In the Vedas, namaste mostly occurs as a salutation to a divinity.