In the Victorian and Edwardian eras, women were enjoying outdoor leisure activates, sports, and travel in specialty designer suits (skirt and jacket sets). Initially, the knickerbocker suit with large bloomer-like pants was the most modest and practical of the sport outfits. Other rainy day walking suits like “rainy daisies” only featured a shorter hemline, whereas the knickers were the first step towards women wearing pants.
In the 1890s, the move to the divided skirt ceased the need for knicker pants. Divided or split skirts extended to mid-calf, flowing open during riding and closed when walking. Jackets followed fashion trends, at first with huge mutton sleeves before reducing almost overnight to smaller puff shoulder sleeves. The Edwardian era, 1900-1910s, saw narrowing skirts and blouses worn alone.
More than just for bicycle riding, women wore these same sport suits for golf, tennis, fishing, hiking, caving, mountaineering, canoeing, hunting, and horse back riding. As the years went by, horse riding outfits and bicycle riding outfits became one in the same.
Today, Victorian bicycle suits and Edwardian bicycle suits have surged in popularity. Tweed Ride participants especially enjoy making bicycle outfits to ride in. There a few patterns to make a suit for yourself here, or you can shop many options at end of the page.
1880s-1890s – Knickerbocker Suits
1890s Bicycle Suits – Mutton Sleeves
1890s Bicycle Suits – Puff Sleeves
1900s Bicycle Outfits
1910s Bicycle Outfits
- 1900-1910s Edwardian Women’s Sport Clothes
- Edwardian Motoring Fashion for Women
- History of Victorian Women’s Boots and Shoes
- DIY Victorian Daytime Outfit
- Victorian Makeup and Beauty Guide
Women’s Bicycle Outfit Patterns, Clothing, and Tweed Ride Outfits
We looked around the web for the best bicycle patterns, riding patterns, sport clothes, knickers, bloomers, vests, jackets, split skirts, sport suits, menswear and more. For shoes and boots, look here.