As we age, our bodies change.
The same applies to the clothes we wear. For example, someone who was a size 8 in their 20s might now be a size 12 and need to buy different clothes than they did before - regardless of their activity level. But what about activewear?
What type should you buy and how should it fit?
There are three things you need to consider before buying activewear: what your goal is, what's your body shape like, and what material you prefer. Read on for some advice on how to find the best activewear for you!
There are three body shapes: apple, pear, and rectangle. Which one are you?
A rectangle, or straight-bodied shape, is the most common and preferred shape for activewear. This is because it's easy to find a good fitting pair of pants for this shape. Avoid wide-legged pants or anything that's too tight on your thighs as these can make your legs look wider than they actually are. A pear-shaped body should avoid low-rise styles as these will often cut across the stomach and leave it looking larger than it actually is. Instead, opt for higher-waisted styles that sit closer to the waistline and provide some definition around the stomach area. If you're an apple shaped body type - with a fuller tummy - try trousers with a high-waisted design to slim down your waistline.
The material you prefer is a personal preference. But there are some things to consider before you make your decision.
If you like the feeling of being restricted, then wearing compression clothing might be perfect for you. Compression clothing can help prevent muscle soreness and minor injuries by decreasing the amount of water weight in your muscles. This could also be beneficial if you're starting to get older and lose muscle tone.
If you want to wear something that feels light on your skin, then go with synthetic materials like nylon or polyester. You'll also find that synthetic materials are usually cheaper than natural fabrics like cotton or wool.
If you want a fabric that will keep you warm, then wool or fleece would work best for you. Wool is known for being warm but it's also expensive and heavy to wear in hot weather because it traps heat so well. Fleece can keep people comfortable in cold temps as well as heavier sweat-wicking sports bras and leggings when playing sports in warmer weather.
The first thing you need to do is figure out your goal. Are you looking for something to wear only while exercising or something that can be worn in both casual and athletic settings? After you've figured out your goal, you should think about what your body shape is like.
If you're petite, then a form-fitting top with a looser bottom will work best for you. If you're tall and lean, then a more fitted top with a looser bottom will work best for you. Finally, if you have a larger chest and hips, then stick with something more form-fitting.
The last thing to consider when buying activewear is the material type. There are three different materials that make up activewear: cotton, polyester, and lycra. Cotton is lightweight but doesn't hold its shape well; polyester is heavier but holds its shape better; and lycra offers the best of both worlds - it’s lightweight but also holds its shape well. It all depends on what type of fabric feels most comfortable to you!
At Dead Reckoning we have opted for Activewear using Lycra fabric. We know that you will get the best from this fabric and as we expand our Ladies Activewear range, you will spoilt for selection!