Choosing the right garments for exercise is very important and includes a number of considerations. It is important that the garment you select will fit comfortably and meet with your requirements. It should keep you dry while exercising and free from chaffing while you train.
This guide is intended to help you decide which is the right garment for your needs.
There are three basic styles of fitness tops that Silvergrey produce, fitness tanks/ vests, training tees and general sports tops.
Our fitness tanks are designed specifically for women. Our cut designed to flatter the female shape and to mask (as far as is possible) problem areas.
Our range includes both racer back and running style tanks. These provide the most underarm airflow and the greatest movement for arms which can help you keep cool and dry during the hotter months. One consideration to keep in mind is how much skin you want to have on show. This is not simply a vanity exercise. Sun exposure is a consideration when training outdoors. All are cut to be a little forgiving in the problem areas. If your tummy is yet to return to its pre pregnancy tone, our garments will not exaggerate this.
Our Training Tees are a popular choice for women looking for a more casual style while exercising. They are designed to provide comfort, flexibility and are made with the right materials for wicking sweat away from the body. They are made from fabric that will keep things nice and dry to prevent chaffing and discomfort, while still offering a high range of movement in the arms. They are an excellent all-rounder to have in the wardrobe.
The sports tops that we produce are designed to adopt a smarter look while still providing the properties required of a good fitness top. They are intended for active class sessions but are still perfect for any form of outdoor workout or run. These garments look great on all ages.
The next decision to be made when buying active wear is to decide on the fabric which best suits your end garment purpose. Are you planning to be inside with aircon or outside for a long hot run? At Silvergrey we basically have two main materials, cotton and polymix. Both materials each have their own benefit, feel and thickness. It is largely a matter of personal preference for the wearer as to what they choose to go with. However here are a few pointers that may help you decide.
Cotton is very soft and comfortable. It naturally absorbs lots of water. This can have mixed results. Many prefer cotton because it feels natural to the skin. On a hot day it will absorb sweat which will keep you keep cool. If it’s cold cotton can rapidly cool your body because it will retain the sweat that it absorbs. This can be a good or bad thing depending on the activity.
The downside of cotton is that if you sweat a lot, then the garment will retain this sweat making it feel heavy and damp. If you are only planning on a short workout or are training lightly with the benefit of aircon, this will not be a problem. If you are heading out to run a marathon however, then it is probably not the best choice.
Polymix fabric is a combination of polyester and spandex used with varying percentages and thicknesses depending on the garment type. Polyester strands are woven together with spandex to create a ‘microfibre’ fabric. Our polymix is strong, light weight and resistant to shrinking, stretching, mildew and creasing.
We use a 4 way stretch fabric which offers comfort and durability to the wearer with the added benefit of UV protection (SPF to be confirmed).
Importantly polymix fabric has high wicking properties which is beneficial for the wearer. Sweat is ‘wicked’ from the inner surface to the outer surface of the fabric so it can evaporate away from your body. This is why it is the preferred material for activities of longer duration and higher sweat levels.
It may also assist to understand that there are numerous branded versions of polymix fabric. These brands may include other fabrics or simply be the name that a company has chosen to give to its polymix material. The properties of each brand are however largely the same. All polymix fabrics are dryfitting and cooling. Don’t be fooled by clever marketing into paying more.