Your Guide to the Best Activewear Materials

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Not only does activewear make you look the part, but it can also make your workouts more effective. Choosing the right materials can optimize your workouts, keeping you cool and comfortable along the way. So what are the best activewear materials?


Cotton is one of the most breathable fabrics out there, giving off less post-workout stench than others because it absorbs sweat and odors.


This stretchy quick-drying and mildew-resistant fabric is super breathable and sweat-wicking. It’s also soft and silky, making it comfortable for workouts.


Spandex, also known by the brand name Lycra, is one of the most stretchy fabrics and it’s moister-wicking, breathable, dries quickly, and offers a good range of motion. While it’s super stretchy, it stretches back into place.


This sustainable fabric is breathable and biodegradable. It’s also sweat-wicking with a lush texture that feels great on your skin.


Seen in most workout fabrics, polyester is durable, wrinkle-resistant, breathable lightweight, and non-absorbent, which means the moisture from your skin evaporates instead of being put back into the material. It also happens to be best for protecting against UV rays, due to its tight woven structure.