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Chic Quality Simple Style Short Sleeve Jersey + Shorts Outdoor Cycling Suits For Women

Chic Quality Simple Style Short Sleeve Jersey + Shorts Outdoor Cycling Suits

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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.

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1896 Trouville Cycling suit Back view of the bifurcated skirt, from the front it looks a normal full skirt. Also, pockets!

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Cycling suit Trouville  Date: 1896 Culture: American Medium: wool, silk, leather The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Accession Number: 2009.300.547a, b

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