• Yoga Clothes | What To Wear For Yoga | Buying Guide

    Yoga is a type of fitness that is accessible to anyone and can be great for your health. Studies have even shown that yoga can ease the suffering of cancer patients. There are lots of types of yoga clothes out there so it's important to know what's best. It's ideal to wear yoga-specific clothing because you know you'll be comfortable, so let's take a look at the best yoga clothes.

    Black yoga pants

    A good pair of quality black yoga pants should be the staple of any yoga-lover's wardrobe. These can be worn to any yoga class and will be so comfortable you'll want to wear them all day! Black is famed for going with anything, so you can wear your black yoga pants with other stylish yoga clothes and cute gym outfits. The best type of black yoga pants will be seamless for freedom of movement and so that you can stretch, flex, and pose to your heart's desire without being restricted. 

    Hot yoga clothes

    Hot yoga is the practice taking the globe by storm, having been majorly popularised by Bikram Choudury with his Bikram Yoga. For this type of yoga, you'll want to be careful with what you wear as there's nothing worse than being hot and bothered and uncomfortable in your clothes! Try a loose yoga top like the Sundried Grivola 2.0 layered over a crop top or sports bra. This yoga wear is made from 100% recycled materials, providing superior technical qualities like sweat-wicking and anti-odour capabilities. This means it's absolutely perfect for a sweaty hot yoga session!

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    Yoga shorts

    For your sweaty hot yoga session, you'll also want a pair of comfortable yoga shorts. Again, you want to be uninhibited as you move so that you can achieve the poses to the best of your ability without being held back by tight leggings or trousers. A pair of shorts will help you stay comfortable and the Sundried Women's Shorts are made from recycled materials which are super sweat-wicking and dry twice as fast as cotton so you won't be dripping by the end of your class. They feature a compression-style inner short for added protection and coverage so you don't need to worry about showing off too much skin as you move. They also feature a pocket to the back which is large enough for a smart phone so you can keep your valuables safe during the class.

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    Yoga apparel brands

    There are several big brands which do yoga apparel both online and in store. Shop around to see what you like best and always read reviews and testimonials to see what other people are saying too.

    • Sundried has a really special yoga collection with pieces made from 100% recycled materials. This means you can be proud of where your yoga clothing came from and know you helped to save the planet with your purchase.
    • Lululemon is a Canadian yoga clothing company who specialise in cute yoga clothes and gym outfits for both men and women.
    • Sweaty Betty is also a big yoga apparel brand with clothes specifically designed for women.
    • Manuka Life is an up and coming yoga brand with collections for men and women with stylish yoga clothes and yoga wear.

    Stylish yoga clothes

    You want to look good as well as feel good. Read Sundried's guide on what to wear for yoga to know exactly what is best. Loose yoga tops and seamless leggings are your best bet.

    Yoga clothing UK

    In the UK, there are brands that are ethical so you know you are helping to save the environment when you buy your new yoga clothes and yoga mat. Sundried's premium yoga mat is made from natural Jute fibre and is totally non-slip while our loose yoga top is made from recycled coffee grounds and has natural anti-odour properties making it perfect for a hot yoga class!

    Useful Links

    Here on the Sundried blog, we have lots of articles about yoga and tips for buying yoga clothing.

    Yoga Guide

    Sundried's yoga guide is a downloadable PDF and is your one-stop guide to everything yoga. It includes some basic positions for you to try before your first class or just to try at home. It also has top tips for yoga as well as what kit you'll need.

    Download the Sundried yoga guide here.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Mens Leggings

    Wear your mens leggings with confidence. Whether you're a runner, cyclist, or gym goer – mens leggings are for you. This buying guide will give you all the information you need to buy the right mens leggings for you. Buy men's leggings to enhance your performance and improve your training.

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    Mens Leggings

    If you were to ask one hundred guys what they think about wearing leggings to the gym, over half of them would probably say it's a no-go. However, it has recently become a rising trend and as the activewear market grows, so does the popularity of wearing men's leggings and tights to the gym.

    Compression wear and compression leggings are gaining increasing popularity in our workout wardrobes, and this is because the technology has advanced and wearing compression tights can enhance your training.

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    Leggings for men

    What to look for from your men's leggings. The benefits of wearing men's leggings and tights for running and to the gym, including features and functionality.

    Wind Chill

    Wrapping up in leggings can prevent wind chill whereas loose clothing allows wind to get trapped between the garment and your skin. Mens leggings provide a streamlined shield between your skin and the wind. Tight leggings also reduce drag in the wind.

    Warmth

    Leggings will help to keep you warm and are a better option than sweatpants. They offer extra warmth for your legs, without the extra weight of joggers or the dreaded cold draft from the wind.

    Sweat Wicking

    Sweat wicking materials keep your body cool and comfortable because of their ability to lift moisture from the skin's surface. Wearing wicking leggings in the summer can provide a drying effect and stop you overheating as well as providing exceptional temperature control. In the cold winter months, wearing moisture-wicking leggings can be effective for both controlling moisture and providing an additional layer of insulation.

    Prevents Chafing and Rashes

    Chafing is painful and once the rash sets in, it’s difficult to treat because there’s no convenient way to keep your thighs from touching for an entire week. A combination of sweat wicking fabrics and compression gear is the perfect defence and helps to prevent painful rashes as well.

    Enhanced Recovery

    Research in The British Journal of Sports Medicine reported that wearing compression gear has a moderate effect following workouts that typically lead to delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). That is, it helps to lessen the severity and/or duration of DOMS.

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    Tips for Fitting Men's Leggings

    To reap the rewards from all the benefits of mens leggings, you need to fit the tight right.

    1.Total coverage is key

    If you’re tall, you could end up with cold ankles. What’s worse than cold ankles? Cold ankles and see through leggings. Try your leggings on under different lights to make sure they stay opaque, especially if going commando underneath!

    1. Make sure they stay up

    Just because your leggings are made of spandex, it doesn’t mean they are going to hold up, simply because every body is built differently so it can be hard to compensate with a one size fits all. Opt for leggings with extra support such as the Roteck Legging which have a drawstring waist to offer a personalised fit. Having to keep pulling up your leggings can really interfere with an otherwise good training session.

    1. There is such a thing as too tight

    Wearing tights that are too tight will prevent you benefiting from the compression and can cut off circulation and chafe. When leggings are too tight they don't lay right. Seams on running tights are often designed to follow the lines of your muscles, providing support to the major muscles like your hamstrings and quads, a seam in the wrong place can be detrimental to your performance.

    1. Have a place for you valuables

    A good pair of leggings will find space for your valuables even when they're super tight. Running with an extra bag for your valuables defeats the point of light weight, streamlined bottoms. It’s also worth testing that your valuables won’t pull your leggings down before you go out on a long run.

    1. Quality Materials

    If the materials used aren't up to scratch, it’s only a matter of time before they loose their integrity and become either see-through, saggy, or both. Opt for leggings which use high quality materials that are durable and long-lasting.

    Mens Leggings Fashion

    When it comes to leggings for fashion, it is something that has definitely not caught on as much as the women's leggings for daywear. Mens fashion leggings will typically be designed as a functional piece of training clothing. Leggings typically are a highly technical garment worn for running or int he gym. The Sundried leggings are black and understated in design. Our mens black leggings are developed with gym and running in mind. The sweat wicking material acts as heat control meaning as you work harder and warm up your legs can perspire naturally. With the right leggings you may want to wear them all day. Get the choice of leggings wrong and you will be hot one minute, cold the next and you will be striping them off at the first opportunity. 

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    Pros:

    • Streamlined performance
    • Flexible range of motion
    • Shows off the body you’ve earned
    • Lightweight support
    • Comfort

    Cons:

    • It can be cold without shorts
    • Wearing shorts over the top can improve your confidence

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    Mens Leggings – Your Questions Answered

    Mens leggings still cause a fair bit of debate and you may find you've got some questions. Here are some of the most popular questions people are asking about mens leggings.

    What are seamless leggings?

    Seamless clothing means that the clothing is made without stitching. This gives a super comfortable feel without the possibility of chafing or itching and improves the freedom of movement, perfect for sports clothing. All of Sundried's activewear is made with multi-way stretch materials so that you can bend, stretch, and jump to your full potential without being held back by your fitness clothing.

    Seamless leggings are made without a seam and are made from one piece of material. This is a fairly new innovation and is becoming hugely popular due to being very form-flattering and comfortable. For mens leggings, seamless means you can comfortably wear under shorts for running and outdoor training to keep you warm as a subtle base layer.

    Are gym leggings the same as running leggings?

    Gym leggings and running leggings will vary slightly in both their design and their functionality. When running, you are likely to be outdoors and possibly at night, so running leggings will often feature reflective detailing - like that found on the Sundried Roteck 3.0 mens leggings - so that you can be seen and stay safe when running in the dark

    Running leggings are also more likely to feature pockets to store you valuables and a drawstring waist so that they stay put when you bounce and move. On the other hand, gym leggings will usually feature a more subtle design so that you can squat, jump, and lunge without restriction. 

    What are compression leggings?

    Compression technology is thought to aid circulation and improve recovery, however the proof is inconclusive. Some people find that wearing compression leggings improves their performance. Compression leggings will be much tighter than regular leggings in an attempt to support the muscles.

    Got more questions about mens leggings? Ask us using the form below and we'll answer!

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  • Sustainable Fashion – Your Ultimate Guide

    Have you been hearing the phrase 'sustainable fashion' a lot lately? You're not the only one. 2018 has been the year of the conscience as the world wakes up to the reality of the global plastic pollution crisis and the damage that we are doing to the planet. This is your ultimate guide to sustainable fashion and will answer all your questions about this important growing trend. 

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    What is ethical and sustainable fashion?

    Shockingly, the fashion industry is the world's second largest pollutant behind only the oil industry. Isn't it incredible to think about the clothes you're wearing causing almost as much harm to the planet as the drilling of oil and emissions created by all the aeroplanes, buses, cars, and motorbikes in the entire world? Stop to really think about that for a moment. 

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    If clothing companies do nothing to change their practises, the global plastic pollution crisis as well as greenhouse gases and other toxic results will take their toll on our planet and our health. That's where ethical and sustainable fashion comes in. 

    Sustainable fashion is that which is produced responsibly with low carbon emissions, ideally from recycled materials, and vows to treat everyone in the supply chain fairly and with respect. This means no more sweat shops, no more textile factory disasters, and significantly reduced pollution. Not only this, it aims to educate consumers on moving towards a 'zero waste' lifestyle by not buying cheap clothing only to wear it once (or never!) and then throw it away and it stay in landfill for years to come. 

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    Which clothing companies are ethical?

    Thankfully, the sustainable and eco living movement is gaining traction day on day and there are numerous environmentally friendly clothing companies out there which are fully sustainable and ethical. Even huge corporations like H&M are striving to change their ways and begin to adopt more ethical practises and become more eco conscious. 

    Zara Williams is a sustainability consultant to several large brands and companies. She explains, "In my role as a sustainability consultant I advise a number of different companies on how to manage their environmental and social risks. Projects include working to improve employment conditions throughout the supply chain and monitoring and managing energy and water consumption and waste management. As we work with lots of different companies on a range of projects no day is the same which is great as it means I'm constantly learning and it rarely gets boring."

    Ethical activewear brand Sundried produces beautiful activewear from 100% recycled materials including plastic bottles and even coffee grounds! Every purchase includes a donation to partner charity Water For Kids and the supply chain is fully transparent from source to sale so you know that the people who made your clothes were treated fairly and with respect in good working conditions. This is a stellar example of a sustainable fashion brand. 

    What is the most eco friendly fabric?

    When you think fabric, which do you think of? Cotton? Polyester? Denim? You'd be surprised at just how many different fabrics and fabric blends there are available these days. One type you may not have thought about is recycled fabrics. These ethically-sourced and super green eco materials are made in sustainable processes from raw materials like coffee grounds, bamboo, fruit, and even other materials like plastic. 

    Recycled fabrics are very eco friendly as they produce less than a quarter of the carbon emissions of polyester and a third of the emissions of cotton. Additionally, producing cotton and manufacturing it into the clothes you're wearing today uses a lot of resources such as water and energy. The production of recycled materials and eco friendly fabrics uses far less water and is all-round better for the environment. 

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    The Sundried Olperer T-Shirt (pictured above) is made from 100% recycled coffee grounds, a super eco friendly fabric.

    Why is sustainable fashion important?

    There is a new phrase being thrown around the media at the moment which is 'circular economy'. When you think about a basic economy, we do three things: make, use, dispose. This is particularly prevalent in the fast fashion industry in which cheap clothing is mass produced and sold, bought at rock bottom prices by people who don't think anything of it, and then thrown in the bin and in turn taken to landfill. This is hugely damaging to the environment and is not sustainable, that is to say we cannot continue like this.

    Alternatively, a circular economy is one which goes against this age-old practice by introducing a new method whereby we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life. To apply this to ethical activewear, this would mean investing in a piece of high quality clothing like a running vest made from recycled materials, taking care of it by washing it carefully and not drying it in the extreme heat of a tumble dryer, and using it for several years without buying a new one. 

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    Infographic courtesy of WRAP

    Sustainable fashion is important because a non-circular economy cannot live on indefinitely and eventually we will run out of resources and find ourselves with an unmanageable amount of landfill and waste on our planet. In a circular economy and with the likes of sustainable fashion, it is possible to continue indefinitely in a manageable way that is not damaging to the environment or the health and well-being of people. 

    Fast fashion

    'Fast fashion' is a term that describes how quickly clothing is mass produced, marketed, and bought in the current market. Clothing retailers like Primark are currently under scrutiny for selling clothing so cheaply as this is said to fuel the fast fashion frenzy and encourage shoppers to buy lots of cheap items, not care for them, and then discard them after only a few wears. 

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    Why is fast fashion bad?

    There is evidence to show that:

    • British shoppers buy far more new clothes than any nation in Europe.
    • People are buying twice as many items of clothing as they did a decade ago.
    • Fish in the seas are eating synthetic fibres dislodged in the wash.

    Cheap clothing encourages a 'throw away' society where everything is disposable. This is bad for the environment as landfills are filling up with rubbish and the oceans are filling up with plastic. The more we produce and consume, the more our planet suffers.

    It is not only our environment that is suffering from fast fashion. Have you ever stopped to think about who exactly made those cheap t-shirts for sale in Primark? It's time for big brands and large clothing companies to be more transparent about their production chains and how their workers are treated.

    This is why the slow fashion movement is so important and is also why the campaign 'who made my clothes' was created. 

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    Image courtesy of Trusted Clothes sustainability blog

    What is the slow fashion movement?

    The 'slow fashion' movement is a new campaign that aims to educate consumers on their purchases and to question the ethics of the fashion they are buying. 

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    Sundried clothing being handmade in Portugal

    Sustainable fashion is the future

    The most influential part of modern life, whether we like it or not, is money. Until this changes, animals, humans and the environment will continue to be abused in the name of profit. Socially responsible companies aim to maximise long-term profits whilst balancing a respect for wider social issues.

    It’s easy to think that just one person won’t make a difference.

    The faster ethically responsible companies grow, the more pressure they will place on other companies, investors, and banks to move away from unethical practices. As irresponsible practices are being forced under the spotlight, public concern is growing over the treatment of animals, people and the environment, making companies involved in these areas less viable in the long term as we become more educated about how our products are made.

    Socially responsible investments are now more widely recognised as safe long term investment strategies. The combination of consumer, investment and business pressure can bring about lasting change – change which will benefit people, animals and the environment.

    The Ethical Consumer 2015 report found we’re starting to support ethical products: the value of the ethical market has grown from £35 billion to £38 billion.

    Sustainable fashion market analysis

    The fashion industry isn’t all doom and gloom. Ethical fashion is no longer just a niche sector; it’s becoming part of the mainstream fashion industry.

    • 48% of US millennial consumers choose brands that actively support social causes (BCG, 2014)
    • 50% of US adults identify as ‘green consumers’
    • 13% identify as ‘super green’ meaning they purchase organic and sustainable products, are informed about the products they buy, and expect retailers to keep environmental damage to a minimum (Forrester, 2013)

    Delivering premium style and technical function in an ethical way requires extensive research and extra time, but good things come to those who wait. 

    "Eco fashion is now a $5 billion per year industry, whereas just ten years ago it hadn’t even cracked $1 billion. This might still be a small share of global revenue, but its growth signals a major shift." - Ethea

    Sustainability issues in the fashion industry

    There are many varied sustainability issues in the fashion industry. These can be put into two main categories: environmental factors and social factors;

    There are many environmental issues in the fashion industry: chemicals, waste, pollution, energy, and water.

    There are also many social issues: working hours, modern slavery, child labour, regular employment, and healthy & safety. 

    It's very important to question the ethics of the brands you support and the clothing companies that you buy from. Question all of the above aspects and make these large corporations face the hard facts that this is not sustainable long term and something has to change, and change soon. 

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Mens Gym Clothing UK

    Sundried is proud to be a British brand and we offer mens gym clothing in the UK with free shipping and free returns. We also offer international shipping to our men who are not in the UK.

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    Mens gym clothing uk

    If you want to upgrade your gym clothing wardrobe then there are a few key pieces of gym clothes for men that you should be investing in. Here in the UK, we have cold winters and recently have been having incredibly hot summers, so you need to make sure you've got the right ratio of gym tops, vests, shorts, trousers, and leggings to keep you warm in winter and cool in summer.

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    Summer gym clothing for men

    In the summer, you will be sweating buckets before you even make it into the gym so you need to make sure you're comfortable. Sweat-wicking gym t-shirts and sleeveless vests will prevent chafing and will make you feel light and free instead of weighed down and uncomfortable. Less is more in summer and you'll want light and breathable fabrics, ideally crafted in a seamless design which will move as freely as you do.

    When it comes to gym bottoms, you'll want to stick with loose shorts that will give your legs as much air as possible. If you do a lot of running, cycling, or yoga then it'll be vital that you're comfortable and not feeling restricted in sweaty leggings or gym trousers. Save those for the cold winter days!

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    Winter gym clothing for men in the UK

    Compared to countries like Canada and Russia, a UK winter is relatively mild. However, when you're a UK native, anything below 0 degrees Celsius is enough to warrant getting the gym leggings out and layering up for your workouts. A lot of gyms these days are in old warehouses rather than cosy leisure centres, and so you'll still need to wrap up warm even though you're training indoors. 

    A good base layer such as a long sleeved compression top worn under a gym t-shirt will be the perfect way to combine performance with comfort and make sure you're not getting cold between sets. If the majority of your training consists of lifting weights, you can even get away with wearing a thick winter pullover hoodie which will be sure to keep you warm and comfortable. If you tend to do more cardio at the gym, this might not be such a sensible option.

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  • Guide To Buying A Running Top

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    Was your New Year's resolution to take up running, run more, or even run a marathon for the first time? You'll need a great running top to take you the distance! We're here with everything you need to know when buying a new running top.

    Running Top Styles

    The first thing you need to think about when buying a new running top is what style you'd be most comfortable wearing. Some people prefer to run wearing a running t-shirt, while others feel restricted and prefer to run wearing a vest. In colder weather, you may well need a long sleeved running top to keep you warm. Let's look at the advantages and disadvantages of each of these to help you decide.

    Vests

    A running vest will be the option of most people during summer and in warmer climates and they give complete freedom of movement thanks to their sleeveless design. A running vest will usually feature a racerback design which is when there is one thick strip panel between the shoulder blades and thicker strips over the shoulders. This design completely prevents the straps from falling down your shoulders as you move and as such is perfect for running.

    This design also exposes the shoulder blades which could help to keep you cool and dry in very warm temperatures – perfect if you sweat a lot! Look for vests which have larger arm holes if you're worried about your underarms chafing. 

    You will also want to make sure your running vest isn't too tight or restrictive around the stomach area as this could really put you off your training session. Check the fabrics used to make the top to see if there is a lot of elastane. Extra long length hemming can also help stop the running vest from riding up as you run which will also add to your comfort level. 

    What to look for in a running vest:

    • Racerback design
    • Large armholes
    • Long length
    • Fairly loose fitting

    If you feel self conscious about your arms, a running t-shirt might be better suited to you. 

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    T-Shirts

    Running t-shirts come in many different designs so it's important to make sure you're going to be comfortable. Most people get quite hot and sweaty when running, so usually a tight-fitting t-shirt won't be suitable as it could get uncomfortable and chafe. 

    You also want to avoid capped sleeves for this reason. Capped sleeves are sleeves that are very short in design and will finish quite high on your shoulder without going down your arm. For this reason, any time you try to lift your arm, the whole t-shirt will ride up and this could be very uncomfortable when working out.

    On the other hand, raglan sleeves are perfect for training tops and running t-shirts. Raglan sleeves are ones which extend in one piece fully to the collar with a diagonal seam from the armpit to the collar. Thanks to this design, when you lift your arm, only the sleeves will move and the rest of the garment will stay put. This prevents the t-shirt from riding up and moving too much when you exercise. 

    What to look for in a running t-shirt:

    • Long length
    • Sweat wicking
    • Raglan sleeves
    • Anti odour
    • Avoid capped sleeves
    • Avoid muscle fit if you don't like feeling restricted

    Long Sleeved Running Tops

    In colder weather you will want to wear a long sleeved top for your running to keep you insulated and protect you from the elements. There is the option to go for a compression top which is thought to aid performance by improving blood flow to muscles, but this is inconclusive. A good long sleeved running top for running will be seamless so that it doesn't chafe and will be super sweat wicking so that your arms don't end up wet with sweat and get uncomfortable.

    What to look for in a long sleeved running top:

    • Sweat wicking
    • Raglan sleeves
    • Anti odour
    • Compression technology could work for you
    • Temperature control

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    The diagonal seam at the shoulder of the Sundried compression top pictured here indicates a raglan sleeve, which means you can lift your arms and move freely without causing the top to ride up – perfect for running. 

    Running Top Fit

    Especially when running long distances, comfort in your running gear is paramount. Both men's running clothes and women's running clothes need to be comfortable enough that you can forget about them and focus on your run. Let's look at the different issues you may face and how to make sure you avoid them.

    Chafing

    Running involves a lot of repetitive movement and as such leaves you vulnerable to chafing. This is when the fibres of the running top you're wearing rub against your skin and cause irritation. Opt for a running top made from super soft materials and one that's crafted in a seamless design in order to minimise the risk of chafing.

    Riding Up

    One of the worst feelings is trying to concentrate on your run but being distracted by a running top that keeps riding up and having to constantly pull it down. Riding up will be caused by an ill-fitting running top that's too tight and made from restrictive materials. Avoid running tops that are made with too much elastane and instead for for more natural fabrics. Additionally, a longer length design will eradicate this problem completely. 

    Posted by Alexandra Parren