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What Sportswear Means

What Sportswear Means

You have seen the term everywhere, even in our name. But what does sportswear mean? Sportswear is any clothing that has been designed especially for sports, while activewear is clothing that has been designed for exercise. Although these are their intended purposes, these terms can be used interchangeably, and their benefits can be enjoyed by anyone. Sportswear continues to be a popular trend in fashion and has been a staple in American fashion since the 1930s. Thanks to its popularity, sportswear has become a staple of day and evening fashion wear, and can be worn for a variety of social occasions.

To accommodate this change, the concept of athleisure came into existence. Athleisure is a type of clothing designed to fit multiple needs. It is strong and comfortable enough to wear during exercise, but casual enough for everyday wear. Athleisure tends to be made with modern textiles and will usually be designed to enhance your workout performance.

Function

Sportswear has a wide variety of benefits that makes them attractive to athletes and causal exercisers alike.

Long Lasting

Sportswear tends to be made from lightweight and breathable fabrics, which makes them more durable than other clothes. You can wear them daily without worrying about them losing their shape or elasticity.

Efficient

Sportswear is designed to enhance your workouts, and different types of sportswear can help in different ways. Compression sportswear is specifically designed to help reduce muscle soreness and fatigue while also improving the overall quality of your workouts by providing your muscles with better oxygenation.

Convenient

Thanks to sportswear's widespread appeal, they can be worn just about anywhere. This means you can stop at the grocery store on your way back from the gym without having to change out of your favorite gym outfit. You will look and feel great wherever you go while wearing sportswear.

Fashion Forward

With so many options to choose from, you can mix and match your tops and bottoms to create unique outfits that will catch anyone's eye.

Minimalism

Since sportswear has become popular in fashion, you no longer need a separate streetwear look. The same clothes you wore to the gym or on your hike will look great while stopping for brunch or to run errands. This means you can streamline your wardrobe and keep your favorite looks.

To understand the benefits of sportswear, it is important to know they types of materials you can find in sportswear. Some of the most popular materials in sportswear today are nylon, polyester, and spandex.

Spandex

If you are buying high-quality leggings, you will likely find some blend of spandex in their design. Spandex has an extraordinary stretching ability and provides a body-hugging fit when used in bottoms. Spandex is not comfortable on its own though. By blending it with other fabrics, you are able to get a stretchy, versatile, and comfortable final product. The combination of nylon and Spandex creates leggings that are as soft and cozy as cotton for a relaxed day while also providing you with moisture-wicking properties to keep you dry during intense workouts.

Nylon

Nylon's moisture-wicking and form-fitting properties have made it a popular material in the athleisure world. Nylon is very stretchy on its own, featuring seams that are flexible and durable. When combined with Spandex, that stretch capacity increases. Nylon leggings are usually lightweight and will not wrinkle, making them the perfect choice for someone who wants to grab and go when they head to the gym.

Polyester

Polyester is a durable, breathable, and hydrophobic material. Its hydrophobic qualities have made it very popular for use in sportswear since it is water resistant and moisture wicking. Polyester is also UV-retardant and insulating, meaning any gear you are wearing made with polyester will likely keep you working out no matter what the season.

You generally will not find 100% cotton tops or bottoms in sportswear or athleisure due to its hydrophilic properties. Cotton can retain 25 times its weight in water, making this poor choice for intense workouts.

Now that you know what sportswear is, let's take a look at some options. Crop Hoodies

Crop hoodies are an incredibly cute addition to anyone's wardrobe. These pair well with sports bras to help you transition from your gym workout look into your casual streetwear look.

Bodysuits

Bodysuits don't just look great; they are also incredibly helpful for your workout. Their fitted silhouettes will ensure you are keeping your form in check while working out. You also never have to worry about your clothes becoming untucked or your bottoms riding down during intense workouts.

Leggings

Whether you are relaxing at home or heading to the gym, you can't go wrong with a pair of leggings. With leisure, workout, and compression leggings available, you are sure to find a pair that will work for you.

Shorts

Stay cool and comfortable while taking advantage of the benefits of sportswear with shorts. They can be paired with your sports bras for a great, cohesive look.

Sports Bra

Sports bras give you support and protection during intensive workouts and look cute while doing it. Pair them with crop hoodies, leggings or shorts, and create a great athletic look.

If you have any questions about our selection of sportswear, feel free to reach out to us at any time. We would be happy to help in any way we can.

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