Global Sports Intimate Wear Market 2016-2020

  • Published: Aug 2016
  • Pages: 80
  • SKU: IRTNTR10332

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This market research study analyzes the leading players in the sports intimate wear market such as adidas, Hanesbrands, Nike, Pentland, and Under Armour. A comprehensive analysis of this market is also presented by product (intimate support apparel, swimwear, and compression wear), by demographics (men’s sports intimate and women’s sports intimate wear), and by geography (the Americas, APAC, Europe, and MEA).

Global sports intimate wear market forecast

According to the sports intimate wear industry analysis, analysts at Technavio has shown that the global sports intimate wear market will grow tremendously and will post an impressive CAGR of more than 10% over the forecast period. With the rising popularity of compression wear, the sports intimate wear market has a positive outlook in the coming years. Compression therapy is a relatively new treatment for sore muscles and aching joints. It involves the use of garments such as shirts, leggings, and stockings made from a spandex-like material that provide a tight fit to reduce stress on muscles and joints, thereby minimizing fatigue and pain. The primary benefits of compression sportswear are that they keep muscles warm and remove sweat from the body to prevent rashes and chafing. Compression wear is popular among athletes, and also among those who undertake any form of exercise. As compression wear can give athletes a competitive edge by improving their performance, reducing the risk of injury, and accelerating recovery during and after exercise, its adoption will increase significantly during the estimated period, leading to the overall growth of the sports intimate wear market.

One of the recent sports intimate wear market trends that are likely to drive this market’s growth is the growing popularity of sweatpants among women. Until recently, women preferred tight-fitting clothes that were more of a fashion statement. However, the last decade has seen a gradual decline and women have started to move towards more comfortable clothes, particularly sportswear for a casual occasion and settings. Furthermore, innovations such as use of ‘seamless’ materials, as well as the shift in young women’s attitudes toward dressing for comfort as well as style, have contributed to the rise in sales of fuller-bottomed briefs and a decline in sales of thongs, which will also propel this market’s growth prospects in the coming years.

Competitive landscape and key vendors

The global sports intimate wear market is highly competitive owing to the presence of several well-established vendors. The competition among the vendors will intensify with the increase in product extensions, integration of wearable technology, and new applications of related product offerings. The sales and distribution network of a vendor plays a key role in its success in different markets, and the growing e-commerce industry has allowed these vendors to expand their market presence across the globe while optimizing logistics costs.

 Sports intimate wear industry key players

  • adidas
  • Hanesbrands
  • Nike
  • Pentland
  • Under Armour

Other prominent players in the market include 2XU, Arena, Asics, Dolfin, Fila, H&M, Jockey, Lululemon Athletica, New Balance, Stella McCartney, TYR Sport, Umbro, Victoria's Secret, and ZARA. 

Product segmentation and analysis of the sports intimate wear market

  • Intimate support apparel
  • Swimwear
  • Compression wear

In terms of revenue, the intimate support apparel segment dominated the market and accounted for close to 52% of the total market shares. The women’s intimate support apparel comprises a broad range of products, customized to provide maximum support and comfort to users. Sports bras, gym tights, and sports leggings are some of the largest selling products in this market. With an increasing number of people joining gyms and getting involved in recreational activities, the demand for intimate support wear has been witnessing a steady rise and will continue to do so during the forecast period. 

Geographical segmentation and analysis of the sports intimate wear market

  • Americas
  • APAC
  • Europe
  • MEA

In terms of geography, the Americas led the global sports intimate wear market, accounting for close to 35% of the market revenue. The US is the largest contributor to the region as it is home to some of the largest brands in the market and has a large number of sports leagues. Moreover, consumers have started adopting a healthy lifestyle, which will also impel this market’s growth in the region.

Key questions answered in the report include

  • What will the market size and the growth rate be in 2020?
  • What are the key factors driving the global sports intimate wear market?
  • What are the key market trends impacting the growth of the global sports intimate wear market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in the global sports intimate wear market?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the global sports intimate wear market?
  • Trending factors influencing the market shares of the Americas, APAC, Europe, and MEA.
  • What are the key outcomes of the five forces analysis of the global sports intimate wear market?

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Table of Contents

PART 01: Executive summary

  • Highlights

PART 02: Scope of  the report

  • Market overview
  • Top-vendor offerings

PART 03: Market research methodology

  • Research methodology
  • Economic indicators

PART 04: Introduction

  • Key market highlights

PART 05: Market landscape

  • Market overview
  • Market size and forecast
  • Five forces analysis

PART 06: Geographical segmentation

  • Market overview
  • Sports intimate wear market in Americas
  • Sports intimate wear market in Europe
  • Sports intimate wear market in APAC
  • Sports intimate wear market in MEA

PART 07: Market segmentation by product

  • Market overview
  • Global intimate support apparel market
  • Global swimwear market
  • Global compression wear market

PART 08: Market segmentation  by demographics

  • Market overview
  • Global women’s sports intimate wear market
  • Global men’s sports intimate wear market

PART 09: Market drivers

PART 10: Impact of drivers

PART 11: Market challenges

PART 12: Impact of drivers and challenges

PART 13: Market trends

  • Growing popularity of sweatpants among women
  • Athleisure trend gaining popularity
  • Emergence of wearable technology

PART 14: Vendor landscape

  • Competitive Scenario
  • Investment opportunity analysis
  • Other prominent vendors

PART 15: Key vendor analysis

  • adidas
  • Hanesbrands
  • Nike
  • Pentland
  • Under Armour

PART 16: Appendix

  • List of abbreviations

PART 17: Explore Technavio

Research Framework

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Primary sources

  • Manufacturers and suppliers
  • Channel partners
  • Industry experts
  • Strategic decision makers

Secondary sources

  • Industry journals and periodicals
  • Government data
  • Financial reports of key industry players
  • Historical data
  • Press releases


Data Synthesis

  • Collation of data
  • Estimation of key figures
  • Analysis of derived insights

Data Validation

  • Triangulation with data models
  • Reference against proprietary databases
  • Corroboration with industry experts



  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges
  • Market trends
  • Five forces analysis


  • Market size and forecast
  • Market segmentation
  • Geographical insights
  • Competitive landscape
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