SPANDEX the best shapewear ever

SPANDEX the best shapewear ever

Shapewear makes you look and feel confident instantly without doing too much. The problem arises when the question of comfort in the shapewear comes up. With so many options present in the market it becomes really difficult to find a shapewear that is comfortable and at the same time solves its purpose.

To get your hands on the best shapewear we have got one simple trick, look at the fabric composition and opt for the products that have a high percentage of Spandex (14% or more).

Why Spandex? Read further to find the answer.

  1. Spandex is known for its exceptional elasticity

Spandex can stretch over 500% without breaking, which means that the garment can be constructed with little fabric and it will take the exact shape of your body, compressing the bulkiness and giving you the perfect shape.

Note- Spandex shapewears will not make you look slim, but will highlight your curves and will bring out the best of you. 

  1. It is lightweight, soft and smooth

Spandex is extremely lightweight and smooth to the skin, this property of spandex gives comfort to the wearer and also provides easy movements.

  1. It is pocket friendly

Pure spandex is extremely expensive, but the pure fiber is not used for wearing. Blend of spandex is used, the blending is generally done with cotton or polyester and the percentage of spandex is low as compared to the other fiber which ultimately makes it affordable as both cotton and polyester are inexpensive fibers.

You generally don’t need to change garments that have spandex in them because of increase or decrease in your size, as spandex can stretch and fit to higher or lower size as well. This makes spandex garments pocket friendly.

  1. It has high breathability and moisture wicking abilities

It has often been observed that the body hugging or body fitted garments are not breathable and produces lots of sweat which ultimately results in discomfort.

Spandex is always blended with fabrics which have high breathability and moisture wicking abilities that combine with the elastic property of spandex and ultimately give the best fabric to you. 

Elastic property of spandex stretches the fabric and creates space between its knits, which makes it breathable by allowing the air to pass freely and any moisture that the body produces is evaporated faster.

  1. It has high abrasion resistant

When it comes to shapewear we always wear it underneath a garment, it can also be called as second skin. Which means that the outerwear and the shapewear will rub too much against each other. If both the garments have low or no abrasion resistance then heat will be produced which will ultimately result in discomfort.

Low or no abrasion resistance shapewear also causes many side effects to the skin, thus it is always recommended to opt for the fibers with high abrasion resistance, Spandex is one of them.

  1. It is available in fiber diameters ranging from 10 denier to 2500 denier

Spandex comes in various deniers (it is used to measure thickness of the thread), which means that the construction of the final shapewear can be done as per the customers choice. 

Due to this flexibility in fiber diameters of spandex the end product can be extremely customized and various threads of different diameter can be added, thus providing extra comfort and solving the purpose of a shapewear.

  1. It is environment friendly and cruelty free

This has nothing to do with the shapewear but can be very useful for the environment and can be a first choice for the people who are conscious about the environment and animals.

Spandex fabric is not made from animal-derived products, and no animals are hurt during the manufacturing process. It is considered cruelty-free and suitable for a vegan lifestyle. It is a synthetic fabric that is formed from a long-chain polymer (an organic material), and it can be combined with other fabrics like polyester or cotton (also vegan).

Spandex is a non-biodegradable fiber but it can be recycled, which makes it environment friendly.

The end result is that there are other fibers as well which can be used for shapewears but no fiber has all the properties of spandex, they lack at some point or the other making spandex the best choice.

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Spandex: The Best Workout Material for Active Wear Performances

The right activewear can work wonders for your training and performance. It is an essential tool for efficient training and reaching your goals faster. With so many technicalities involved it is often tricky and confusing to choose right training apparel. It’s not just about fashion or looking good — it’s also about fit and performance. Spandex or elastane, a synthetic fiber known for its exceptional elasticity is stronger and more durable than rubber. It can be stretched repeatedly and still recover to very near its original length and shape, making it perfect for active wear material. 

Generally, it can be stretched more than 500% without breaking and is lightweight, soft, smooth, supple. Spandex provides a combination of comfort and fit, prevents bagging and sagging, required during the workout sessions. Many more qualities of spandex include heat-settable i.e. facilitates transforming puckered fabrics into flat fabrics, or flat fabrics into permanent rounded shapes, dye able, resistant to deterioration by body oils, perspiration, lotions or detergents, abrasion resistant. The elementary properties essential for the right activewear are performance, comfort and durability. The best activewear uses a combination of design and fabric to hit these metrics.

The elasticity and strength (stretching up to five times its length), of spandex has been incorporated into a wide range of garments, especially in skin-tight garments. A benefit of spandex is its significant strength and elasticity and its ability to return to the original shape after stretching and faster drying than ordinary fabrics. For clothing, spandex is usually mixed with cotton or polyester, and accounts for a small percentage of the final fabric, which therefore retains most of the look and feel of the other fibers. Sports fabrics are technical materials which help to keep the wearer comfortable during exercise. 

One of the most desirable characteristics of your training gear is to be breathable. The ability to regulate body temperature is a useful feature for intense training sessions. Activewear should feel light and soft on the skin, so you can focus more on your training and less on factors like chafing and skin irritation. Most training apparel fabrics are treated with a chemical wash to make them feel softer and smoother. Spandex is a popular material used as base layers to soak up sweat. This fabric also eliminates instances of static cling and pilling. When spandex fabric is added to cotton, for instance, this fabric becomes much more elastic, and spandex can also be used to add elasticity to traditionally rigid fabrics like polyester. Even if small amounts of this fabric are added to other textiles, these fabrics become much stretchier; since spandex can stretch up to eight times its original size.

 Due to its novelty and the relatively laborious manufacturing process used to make it, spandex fabric commands a relatively high market price but since it is generally only used in small quantities in apparel, price usually make itself apparent at the consumer level. The more spandex fabric that is included in a garment, the more expensive that garment becomes. It will chemically free prevent odors because a bacteria microclimate cannot grow on dry skin. This broad category of spandex is used to make garments like T-shirts, sports bras, running and cycling jerseys, socks, tracksuits, and polo-style shirts for any physical activity where the goal is to keep the skin as cool and dry as possible. They move perspiration away from the body to the fabric’s outer surface where it can evaporate. These fabrics typically are soft, lightweight, and stretchy—in other words, they are perfectly suited for making activewear. All the qualities together contribute in a perfect fiber for workout material for  active wear performances.


The ever increasing cases of this rampant pandemic has pushed back the work from office days for now. Working from home is the new normal which, let’s be real, we have welcomed with open arms. Staying comfortable at home and not having to worry about having to physically appear at the office and still earring? Yes please! However, a comfortable working space at home doesn’t give you the green light to show up to online meetings in PJs. Here are 10 tips to look on top of your game, even if it’s from home.

  • Take out some time for your hair and make up.

While it is tempting to ditch that make up kit, looking like a hot mess will only interest you for a few days, max. Keep up the “Look Good, Feel Good” mentality even during WFH. Not only will it make you look flawless but it will also throw in that extra confidence. However, skin comes first and you’ve got the opportunity to take care of your skin by giving it a break. How do we tackle this then? Minimalism is the answer.

Drop the everyday, all-out routine and just apply some cc cream, a hint of bronzer/blush and a good handy lip shade. Not only will it save your skin from breakouts but it will give you that no make up look and make you feel like a diva.

For hair, an easy low ponytail/bun with a middle part will make you look tidy and focused. For men, make sure to groom your beard and hair to avoid a shabby carefree look. Consider companies like Beardo, The Man Company etc. your best companions for WFH.


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  • Focus on styling yourself- waist up. 

Dressing up for zoom/skype meetings can get a little tricky at times. We always find ourselves drowning in the doubts of what to wear and what not. The key to looking prepped up is focusing on what you look like waist up.

Meetings on your laptops are going to confine you to a little rectangular box on your peer’s screen.You can be business on the top and cozy on the bottom. An easy outfit idea for WFM is wearing a sophisticated vest over a button-down shirt. Rather than styling your shirt with a pair of trousers, you can opt for comfy pajamas or spandex yoga pants and fuzzy slides. Since nobody can see what you’re wearing on the bottom, why not stay comfortable?


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  • Don’t get TOO comfortable.

Although it is a universal fact that  Pj’s and sweats are comfy, and you may not see any one the entire day however, not getting dressed for work can affect your productivity.  When you look professional, you feel more professional, and it shows in your bottom line.

It’s perfectly fine to dress casually and comfortably when you work from home, but it’s also important to look appropriate. In other words, when working from home, you should dress stylishly pulled together and well-groomed, not like a mess. Spandex leggings can be paired with regular torsos to give you a good professional look while keeping it casual and comfy

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  • Bright and colourful

Why not breathe a little more life into your working-from-home wardrobe by choosing bright and colorful clothes in lieu of a black or white one? Working at home can be lonely, and it’s easy to get into a dreary rut by wearing dull colors. Lift your spirits, feel more confident, creative, and productive in a bright color print, or multi-color print.

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  • Accessorize

Accessorizing your outfits will give it that extra stylish look. Whether it’s a colourful ribbon , hoop earrings or layering dainty necklaces, add your accessories into your outfit to give it that pop of vogue look.


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  • Mix neutral and bold colours

If you feel best in your trusty jeans, wear some color in your T-shirt or top. If whatever you’re wearing is pretty colorless, throw a vibrant scarf around your shoulders or wear some colorful flip-flops or fuzzy slippers. Like Eiseman said “Even the color of your socks — especially if you are not wearing shoes — can help lift a mood.”

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  • Mix and Match

Mix and match different outfit ideas and keep experimenting with new styles. Some examples are crop tops paired with a blazer while you keep it comfy waist down with a nice pair of spandex leggings or maybe comfy lowers paired with v necked formals.


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  • Invest into basics

Basic coloured t-shirts can look good with almost anything. Whether you are pairing them with denim jeans, pencil skirts or blazers, you’ll always get that comfy yet professional look. Investing into basics is a big yes!

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  • Comfortable yet chic

Look comfortable but chic by adding bohemian prints or preppy jewellery to anything you are wearing. Not only will it make you look dressed up and presentable, you’ll also be able to show off your online buys even from home!


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  •  In form but at ease

Lastly, you can look formal but at ease by wearing an overshirt. Just as the name suggests, an overshirt can be worn over a t-shirt or light jumper. This classic look balances both casual and formal style in one go.  Keep a couple or all buttons open, roll your cuffs back a turn or two and tuck it into a pair of smart trousers that are woven with added spandex  for maximum ease of wear.

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Top Ten Reasons your Clothes Should Include Spandex

Spandex has revolutionised the fashion industry over the course of a few years. It is used by numerous brands all around the world and who knows, maybe you are wearing something that uses spandex yarn in its production too. But the question is that WHY is spandex being used so much. Here are the top 10 reasons that spandex is slowly becoming a part of our daily wear.

jeans and jacketComfort
Comfort is the top priority whenever you buy clothes. Spandex makes clothing more comfortable because even 1% or 2% spandex provides significant stretch and flexibility. This is especially important in garments like jeans and jackets, which can be constricting, especially if you have to sit through a 9-5 job or say a 10-hour long flight.

Pocket Friendly
Most of your shopping sprees cut down into essential shopping because it always comes down to money, doesn’t it? Spandex allows for a stretch which means you can have fewer sizes, fewer fitting darts and seams. This makes spandex clothing really cost-friendly and you don’t have to splurge on clothes all around the year just because your size changed!

Keeps Your Knitwear In Shape
In knitwear fabric, adding spandex means that the garment will hold its shape better through repeated launderings. Most of the time, your woollens need to be replaced because the shape gets distorted after a few washes. Adding spandex makes your woollens durable and they stay in shape for a longer time. A money saver again!


spandex provides Elasticity and stretch in fabricElasticity
Spandex is known to stretch up to 100 times more than it’s original shape. This makes it a perfect material for one size clothing. It can fit any body shape and provides the wearer with comfort and style.


Gym wear/SportswearGym wear/Sportswear
Most of your favourite football players or cyclists always wear jerseys made out of spandex. In fact, that gym wear in your closet contains spandex too! Why is it so? this is because it has a high stretchability which makes the clothes agile and comfortable for movement, making it a favourite material for sportswear/activewear. What more? This material is known to absorb sweat, breathe and dry quickly. An all-rounder in so many ways, isn’t it?

General Fashion StatementGeneral Fashion Statement
Vanity has a lot to do with the rise of stretch clothing. More and more are working out and doing yoga and stretching is good for exercise. It is also good to show off the results of the exercise. Wearing gym wear or stretchable clothing, in general, has now become a fashion statement for many millennials. Most people love to wear athleisure style of clothing for a laid back yet fashionable style. These days garments are more likely to include spandex for a stretch too.

Cruelty Free
spandex is a vegan material. Spandex fabric is not made from animal-derived products, and no animals are hurt during the manufacturing process. It is considered cruelty-free and suitable for a vegan lifestyle. It is a synthetic fabric that is formed from a long-chain polymer (an organic material), and it can be combined with other fabrics like polyester or cotton (also vegan).

The spandex fiber is of better quality, light, supple and more adaptable compared to rubber. It is a light material making it heat resistant and a perfect choice of clothing

Strong and Durable
Spandex is a very durable clothing material which explains its popularity in the apparel industry. The fibre is resistant to wear and tear caused by sweat, detergents, body oils, lotions, etc. When spandex fabric is used in garments, it prevents bagging or sagging of the material.
Superheroes wear Spandex

Superheroes wear Spandex
Most of your favorite superheroes like Spiderman, Deadpool, Wonder Woman, Superman etc, are always in costumes made out of spandex. Clothes that are sleekly cut, close to the body, enhance speed. They also show off the musculature and physique of the wearer. Spandex helps define your body just like it does for the comic characters. It helps enhance those gym gains and is a perfect choice whether you are out for the movies or fighting super villains!

Looking for Spandex for your fashion wear, athleisure wear, denim, socks, medical wear?

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How does Athleisure continue to trend in 2020?

It was 1997 when Chip Wilson found the concept of designing Yoga pants when he felt issues with his back. It was during the Yoga class, he was astonished to discover that the mentor is wearing slinky dancer attire and it looked fabulous on her. This thought made history and how we have been overblown by the presence of athleisure. ‘Lululemon’, the brand chip Wilson own, started a spark that resulted in an attire revolution. It gave birth to athleisure, a dress that people wear during leisure but has athletic components that deliver the highest freedom to a user.

Athleisure: Will continue to trend in 2020

A majority of the modern population like to wear athleisure dresses and enjoy the freedom and flexibility when they are outside. The expected growth of its market will double by the end of 2020 to cross the level of US$ 83 Billion. As per the report from Allied Market Research, it will hit the mark of US$ 547 Billion by the end of 2024. This active-wear segment that can be worn anytime is ideal for everyone. This segment contains fleece, yoga pants, joggers, sneakers, sweatshirts, t-shirts, etc.

We see the picture of celebrities adorning athleisure and pushing this trend a little further. In fact, social influencers on social media platforms are also participating in keeping this trend high up by sporting top athleisure brands. Why people follow this trend? It is because all that it claims is true. This active-wear design is bliss for your skin. The magical blend of spandex, cotton, and poly-blends give you a hybrid fabric for manufacturing athletic wear that is not only comfortable but stylish too. This is why big fashion houses such as Vogue, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, etc are thinking of launching a new segment of athletic wear due to its popularity.

Even during this pandemic period, people need to stay comfortable when they are going out. Daily life is far behind regaining its original form and speed. Athleisure is something that the entire modern world will rely on.

Trends to witness in 2020

· Street-wear apparel

Street-wear apparel
The athleisure style will become more unisexual, in terms of design, cut, and color. The new trend of blurring the line of difference between men and women apparel is already here. Street fleece, cropped oversized t-shirts, joggers, leggings, etc will become more popular. Sleeves will become baggier.

· Drop tail tees.

drop tail tees
T-shirts and tops will become longer and oversized with more drop. This is specifically chosen by the women fashionistas. These days, the popularity of cropped tops is being outsmarted by this trend as the latter is more comfortable and stylish.

· Luxe fabric

Luxe fabric
Forget frumpy fabrics. The luxury fabric is here in this segment that will last longer than ever. These fabrics will also not let comfort wash away from the dresses. Softer poly-blends and spandex mix will also make these items lighter and more comfortable.

The bold neutral and neon colors, in this segment, are quite eye-catchy. So, athleisure will remain in the trend this year.

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