How & Why you should wear Athleisure this Winter

 

Now that Autumn is well & truly here - you will automatically throw a jumper on before leaving the house!

However here are 7 TIPS to looking & feeling your best self this Autumn/Winter.

1. Create a colour story: Switch it up. If you have a black top, wear burgundy, army, or grey leggings. Throw on a fleece/hoodie/cashmere jumper - the eternal classic look for everyday.  Who dresses up anymore anyway...

2. Go Outside: No such thing as bad weather just wrong gear! Wrap up & just get out that door, don't think about how cold it is, once you get moving you will warm up. You will then actually enjoy the cold. Don't wait, until its time for another New Years Resolution. By then you will be suffering from SAD. Throw on your comfy (preferably our trendy) activewear! In this cold weather why would you actually want to wear anything else?

3.  Take advantage of the sports bra season!: You heard me! Winter has it's perks, but the best one is that you can wear a sports bra every day and get away with it. 

4. If you are hitting the gym - maybe you have a gym membership and prefer to be indoors. Well this is just no excuse not to look good! Throw away those old tees  & out of shape leggings - if you feel good, you will work harder, admit it you know this is true....call if female intuition, make this your catwalk!

5. Wear leggings with boots: As the leaves fall and the boots come out! When you wear boots with leggings, the outfit automatically dresses up. You will be comfortable all day and night, while still looking fab!! Remember cost per wear, now your luxury leisurewear is almost cost free!

6. If you don't believe me - just read the research, you willl keep you doctor happy as you stroll past his door looking lovely & fresh! 

https://elemental.medium.com/the-healthiest-people-in-the-world-dont-go-to-the-gym-d3eb6bb1e7d0

7. Now that we have established that Athleisure is perfect for autumn/winter, head straight down to Skulpt for the widest selection of independent athleisure and activewear brands. ...(ok...we’re biased 😊)

Cotton V Polyester

A lot of clients ask for cotton believing it to be more 'Eco' than friendly than Polyester.

Polyester is more popular in Athleisurewear. This is because it is simply better for its abiltiy to wick away odours. Cotton is lovely for Yoga but not great for running. Each has its own uses.

Cotton is also great for sensitive skin, remember cotton will shrink with the first wash - so don't just throw in a hot wash, cold is best (for both fabrics)

The popular belief is cotton is more eco-friendly.  Recent studies show this is debateable. 

Biodegradable: Cotton will break down over time. However cotton isn't as durable as polyester & won't last as long.  Polyester is more stain-resistant & retains its shape longer. 

Truthfully both have an impact on the environment. So really 'cost per wear' is what to remember.

The production of cotton can be as bad for the environment as manmade fibres. Mainly due to the amount of water & chemicals being used to produce it. In athleisurewear companies, the good news is they use recycled bottles in their production.

The simple truth issue is we are consuming too much - buy better, don't buy cheap throw away items. 
If you buy expensive athleisure wear don't just wear it to the gym, it can be worn everyday with items. Ask us for advice if you can't manage to get this right!

Also please please wash is as per instructions on the garment - this way you get your moneys worth.

Still unsure - Below is a great article on Cotton V Plastic:

https://qz.com/414223/if-your-clothes-arent-already-made-out-of-plastic-they-will-be/

 

In the News

Going Green

 

Transitioning into a more sustainable lifestyle doesn’t happen overnight. In fact, when people approach it from an ‘all or nothing’ standpoint, that’s when expectations fall short and feelings of failure set in. I believe every little bit counts. Doing SOMETHING to help the planet is better than nothing at all, and imagine the difference we would make if we ALL did a little something. Nobody is perfect, so don’t strive for perfection. Strive for progress.

Here's how to try to reduce your consumption of single-use plastic. 

At first this task will take some thought and planning, but once you get the hang of things it will become second nature. The most common single-use plastic goods are plastic water bottles, disposable coffee cups/ lids, plastic straws, plastic grocery bags, plastic utensils, and the list goes on.

Try swapping out the below:

  • Swap plastic water bottles for a resuable water bottle - we sell LOLE water Thermo bottles, that come with a very handy carry strap. 
  • Swap disposable coffee cups for a resuable coffee tumbler.
  • Swap plastic straws for a paper straw or better still ditch straws entirely.
  • Swap plastic grocery bags for a reusable bag. We are actually pretty good at this one - since we 'forced' to pay 22 cent a bag!!
  • Swap plastic utensils for a bamboo when you’re on-the-go, and don’t forget to tell the restaurant not to send utensils with your take away meal.

SHOP LESS, AND SHOP SMARTER.

Before deciding whether to purchase something, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Cost per wear - the good old Japanese way - how often are you going to wear it? The more you wear it, the cost per use reduces.
  • Is this an item of quality, will it last?
  • Does this item add value to my life?
  • Does this item make my life easier or better in some way?

RECYCLE CORRECTLY & DONATE REGULARLY.

  • One of the easiest ways to do your part and go green is to recycle. Don't just throw it away. Winter & Summer I will clean out my wardrobe. Assess what I will wear & keep. However no matter how hard I try there are always a few pieces I just no longer want &/or need. So first decision - can it be sold?! If not - it is given away or donated!  Easy peasy. All that hoarding comes to nothing you can never find it when you need it anyway!!

How to Care for your Athleisure wear

 

Athleisure wear care

Many women across the globe admire the flexibility, comfort and stylishness of athleisure wear. In fact, many individuals have learned that branded, high-end athleisure wear is worth what they spend. Regardless of the brand, every user must be vigilant enough to take proper care of their athleisure wear. Excellent care can help you getting the smell out of your athletic wear, prolong their lifespan and upkeep the outer appearance. Here at SKULPT we would like to emphasize tips and tricks on how to take care of your athleisure wear properly.

  • Use some salt

When you wash your athleisure wear for the first time, we strongly suggest you do it with some salt (about a table spoon). Salt comprises of chloride and it fastens the colors to the fabric material. Because of this trick, your active wear will preserve the original color for a longer time. In addition to that, if you use salt to clean your active wear, it can help remove stubborn stains including bloodstains.

  • Prefer hand washing your athleisure wear

We recommend that you to hand wash your athleisure wear.  However machine washing is fine only IF washed at COLD.  While it is true that athleisure wear is usually durable compared to regular clothing, repeated machine washing can breakdown the material quicker and shorten its lifespan. 

  • Wash them as soon as possible

Assuring the optimal cleanliness and getting the smell out of your athletic wear are the main purposes of washing them. The unpleasant smell of your active wear occur mainly due to the growth of bacteria with the assistance of swear and dead skin cells. If you keep your athleisure wear uncleaned with other clothing for a long period, the smell (bacteria) can transfer to other cloths and accessories. So be sure to do your yoga pant cleaning as quick as possible after each session. 

Ideally you should add a cap full of white vinegar into the fabric compartment of the drawer to kill the bacteria & odour. 

Do not use Liquid 'tabs'.  They won't melt at low temperatures, ideally use a bleach free detergent.

When washing keep separate from other fabrics such as velcro, towels that will damage the clothing in the machine.  As with all clothing items - separate light & dark colours, even if both are athleisure wear.

  • DO NOT use fabric conditioner

The fabric conditioner will break down the wick away properties in your clothing.
  • Use Cold Water

To get optimal use and lifespan out of your athleisure wear you should wash them in cold water.  Warm water will just help the fabric disintegrate - in many cases modern athleisure is made from recycled plastic bottles. Think about it - If you put that bottle in warm water it would melt!

Try & remember to turn the items inside out before washing them. Protects nicks from the washing machine drum.  

  • Do not tumble dry
    As stated above - athleisure clothing does not like heat. 
    Emergency! If you find a smelly pieces at the bottom of your gym bag & you need to get them ship shape again.  Mix one part white distilled vinegar to four parts cold water. Submerge your workout clothes and let them soak for 15 to 30 minutes before washing. If wash day is several days away, place the clothes in the vinegar/water solution for a 30-minute soak.

    Washing Whites

     

    Want to wear white this summer but need to keep it white... Here are a few tips.

    Polyester is a breathable and stretchy fabric, which makes it great for sports and athletic wear. White polyester can make your sports gear stand out, on a team or even on the road at night, but it can also start to yellow and look dirty after a few washes.  Keeping white polyester sports clothes white is easy with a few extra steps when washing them.

    https://www.livestrong.com/article/1005233-keep-white-polyester-sport-clothing-white/

    We have a few more tips

    For an unwanted stain.

    You need fairy washing up liquid. Do not wet the fabric. Pour a small amount of fairy directly on to the stain DO NOT PREWET THE FABRIC. So yes the fabric is dry! Let the green liquid soak in for approximately 3-5 minutes (yes, time it!). Then rinse the stain, which now looks very green (without rubbing the fabric), just keep rinsing with cold water.

    This should lift the stain. 

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairy_(brand)

    Don't sweat it. Those yellow stains in the armpits and around the collar of your favorite white T-shirts aren't a sign that you are not cleaning properly.

    These areas are just harder to get clean and are made up of just old perspiration and dirt.

    Undissolved deodorants may be a culprit, too. If you have hard water, the deodorant residue (and soap and perspiration) can't wash out properly. Here is a method for removing those sweat stains

    Mix 1 quart water with 4 tablespoons salt. Sponge this mixture onto the stained area, then repeat until the stain disappears. Wash as usual. This is the recommended technique, I usually just soak in in water with salt for about 30 minutes!