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Cycling suit | American | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Brown wool cycling suit, American, 1896-98. A past time originally dominated by men, bicycling became more acceptable for women after Queen Victoria bought bicycles for her daughters. By the 1890s, clothing to be worn while cycling was being produced. This particular ensemble features a bifurcated skirt that allowed the rider a more comfortable ride while also giving the modest appearance of a skirt at front. This suit also includes a pair of gaiters, which provided protection for the legs.
Cycling Outfit: ca. 1895, America, double-breasted jacket of wool twill trimmed with braid, bloomers of wool poplin. "A bloomer suit, an outfit for use with bicycles is created in the 1880s as special clothing for women to wear while riding a bicycle. Originally bloomers were loose, baggy, 'Turkish trousers', recommended for women by Mrs. Amelia Jenks Bloomer who oriented the women's emancipation movement, in the early 1850s. 'Bloomers' were generally rejected and treated with ridicule..."