Women’s cricket was not as documented as men’s cricket. It is still not hard to see that women’s cricket clothing changed drastically over the years.
Women have been playing cricket for as long as men have. In fact, women’s matches were avenues for heavy sports betting. The first women’s cricket club, the White Heather Club, was created in 1887. Women’s cricket matches were very profitable.
"As an exercise, cricket is probably not so severe as lawn tennis, and it is certainly not as dangerous as hunting or skating; and if therefore, the outcome of the present movement is to induce ladies more generally to play cricket, we shall consider that a good result has been attained," said James Lillywhite from Cricketer’s Annual in 1890.
Some historians claim that the round-arm bowling technique started because of the nature of classic women’s cricket attire. It was pioneered because the ball kept getting caught in the long skirts of the players.
The earliest forms of cricket clothing did not allow much quick movement. Their dresses or gowns were a lot like typical outdoor clothing. The colour of cricket gowns was usually white. Big hats were also worn as a fashion staple.
During the late 19th century, cricket attire developed a distinct style. The cricket dresses were made shorter but the skirts were still long. The design of the cricket clothing looked similar to “sailor girl” dresses. The big hats turned into small caps that matched the dress design.
Sleeves of these smaller dresses were no longer covering the whole arm. They became shorter and puffier. Women also started wearing their hair up for less difficulty.
Cricket shoes back in the day were not designed for sports. The style of the shoes was still a big priority. Stockings and long socks were paired with these shoes.
During the early to mid-20th century, cricket shoes began to cater to comfort and movement for the female players. Softer and more flexible materials were used.
The skirts became even shorter for women’s cricket attire as the years passed. The skirts could be as short as mid-thigh length. The female figure was still distinguishable.
During modern times such as today, women’s cricket clothing does not have much of a difference with men’s cricket attire. Lady cricketers are no longer supposed to look feminine and compromise performance.
Women’s cricket attire are now athletic trousers or shorts and shirts. They use the same bulky guards and pads as male cricketers.