People interested in fashion usually just want to feel good about what they wear. Sometimes, there are rules about what kind of clothes are acceptable at certain places. This is what we call the dress code. The issue applied to various sports disciplines might not always be about being fashionable but it is still an important part of that world, and can sometimes take an unexpected turn.
Perhaps, the esthetics in sports are not the most important. A proper dress code, however, as a set of indications and at times very specific regulations, is under great scrutiny. The reason for that is to provide the same conditions for every participant, as much as it is possible. When competing at the highest level, every little detail matters. More comfortable or aerodynamic suit, performance-enhancing outfit, etc. The competition has to be fair for everybody, so the existence of special committees controlling the procedures is justifiable and quite necessary.
The sportswear norms and patterns can also be a result of traditions, cultural conditioning, certain customs, and habits. Which, naturally can cause some troubles in diverse communities. Like to long-going debate about the concept of how women should dress in various disciplines. The problem here, apart from social conventions or feminist point of view, is the religious commitments. For example, the need for Muslim women to wear hijab at beach volleyball events, as well as bikini requirements, now overruled. [Read more…]