Our Love Affair With Lycra – What Is It All About?
Our love affair with Lycra has been going on for years and with good reason. This fabric is worn by millions each day as both underwear and outerwear. Lycra was first seen on the market for women as undergarments that helped shape the figures of women at that time. However, in today’s clothing market, Lycra is used in ‘high fashion’ clothing for people of all ages and sizes -both male and female.
Lycra-also known as Spandex is a synthetic, polymeric kind of fiber. It contains the rubbery content of polyester and tougher parts such as urethanes-that when put together allow stretching and also adds strength and rigidity. This combination comes together and gives a flexible but controllable material. Wonderful!
Washing Lycra is easy which is part of its appeal for many. All you need to do is wash it in the washing machine and let it tumble dry on a very low heat. Lycra can also be hand washed by washing it in lukewarm water with mild soap and then rinsing thoroughly. You can then let it drip dry. Always remember never to use chlorine bleach when washing know what happens to Lycra swimwear in time from chorinated water in swimming pools!
Lycra continues to be popular because it has many other benefits such as durability and body shaping qualities. It holds on to colors longer without fading and is resistant to stains and dirt. Another popular feature is that it helps to keep moisture away from the body. Lycra is popular with fitness clothing designers because of this and because it stretches comfortably with the body during movements. It is durable, no matter what kind of exercise you engage in. So, for comfort, durability and an attractive look, you can’t beat Lycra.
There’s no getting around it, Lycra is here to stay and with prices that won’t break the bank, this is a product you can’t afford not to buy!