Last year, we were approached by the The Heritage Christian Academy volleyball team from Holly Springs, Mississippi, who were looking for sports skirts that they could wear as part of their team uniform. We were delighted to work with them, and they chose our Splash Down Denim Swim n’ Sport Skirt, one of our to-the-knee skirts that has attached pants for extra coverage.
Normally when you think of a volleyball uniform, you probably think of a typical high school team’s short shorts or maybe even an Olympian’s skimpy bikini. You might think that there is no way one can successfully wear such a long skirt when playing volleyball, and argue that wearing shorter styles helps the players with their game. After all, with shorter uniforms , they don’t have to worry about anything getting in the way. Less is more. So I’m here to tell you this:
All women and girls deserve to feel comfortable and confident in what they wear, especially when it comes to something as healthy and rewarding as competitive sports. Playing sports is an outlet in which the physique is pushed to its limits and utilized for self-enjoyment, in which our bodies are working for us and not the other way around. Therefore the focus should be on the talent of the players and the sport itself, rather than what they are wearing. And in order to focus fully on the sport itself, a player must feel completely comfortable in what they are wearing.
Empowerment is subjective and the same ensemble that makes one girl feel strong and forceful might make another want to hide inside the locker room. We encourage women to feel confident in the skin they’re in, but for many of us, confidence doesn’t necessarily manifest itself by one baring more of her body.
Our goal is to offer alternatives to traditional sportswear so that that every player on the team can feel fearless, so that every female athlete is free to focus on the game rather than how she looks to spectators. That’s why HydroChic encourages a variety of breathable sportswear, from tops with sleeves to knee-length leggings and even action-friendly skirts. From simple solids to vibrant and colorful patterns, we’ve got something for every competitor.
Here is what the principal had to say about the team’s HydroChic skirts: “Thank you for making our girls modest while playing some amazing volleyball! We are 3rd in our state conference and 1st in our Annual ACTS Competition.” Go Team!
What we need is a world in which no woman is judged or branded for what she feels comfortable wearing, and a world in which whatever that may be, is available and accepted. We believe that all women fighting to take ownership of their bodies, whether they’re world-class Olympians or Varsity volleyball players, should be free to choose their own armor. Because being you, inside and out…well, that’s what empowerment is all about.