Understanding Activewear Materials: Which Fabric Is Best for You?

Written by Silva Digital


Posted on November 25 2022

Nothing is worse than buying workout clothes only to find out that the fabric is not right for you. Just like with any purchase, you always have to do your research before investing in activewear.

We’ve prepared a quick guide on various fabrics so that your next gym outfit doesn’t just look good — it feels good too.

Things to Remember When Choosing the Right Fabric

Having a list of things to remember should not just be for buying a car or a house. It’s for buying clothes too — especially clothes that affect your performance. Make sure you remember these tips when you go shopping for activewear:

Know what it’s going to be used for

You can have the cutest gym apparel in the world, but if it’s not appropriate for your workout, it’s pretty much useless. Research the material and find out if it’s right for what you’re going to use it for.

For example, if you plan to do a yoga workout, you might want to consider the Cobra High-Waisted Full-Length Leggings. The flat and wide waistband, medium rise and fitted leg make this pair both supportive and flattering. It’s made with 76% polyamide and 24% elastane. Plus, it has amazing shape-retention fabric!

Check its elasticity

Whether you’re going to use the activewear for working out or for lounging around, you would definitely want it to be stretchable and comfortable.

These High-Waisted Full-Length Leggings with Pockets are the perfect example of stretchable gym apparel. They have a non-slip, high-rise, flat, and wide waistband with internal elastic for firmness. The way it sculpts your body is a great bonus too!

Aim for sustainable clothing

The fashion industry generates so much waste these days, but when we aim for sustainable clothing, we can help lessen the impact on the environment. Switch to fabrics that are produced organically with minimal water usage and usage of other energy resources.

The Madalena Muscle Tee is an example of eco-friendly gym wear. It’s made of 100% biodegradable polyamide which quickly decomposes after disposal in landfills. There’s also the High-Waisted Under Knee with Pockets which had less usage of water during the production process.

Natural Fibres

  • Cotton
  • This is probably the fibre that you encounter a lot. One important thing to know about cotton is that it tends to hold onto moisture, so it could be a bit uncomfortable when you’re working out. Nonetheless, cotton deodorises more effectively than other fabrics.

  • Bamboo
  • Bamboo can be converted into fibres that can be sewn. It’s breathable and soft to the touch. Bamboo is also biodegradable — relevant information for those who are really aiming for sustainability.

  • Wool
  • Wool can keep you warm in cold weather, but it also helps regulate body temperature as you sweat.

    Synthetic Fabrics

  • Spandex
  • Thanks to spandex’s elastic properties, you’ll find spandex in various types of skin-fitted clothing, such as cycling shorts. Take note that you won’t find clothes with 100% spandex.

  • Polyester
  • Activewear is not the only type of clothing made of polyester, so that’s a good sign of how diverse polyester can be.

  • Nylon
  • This type of fabric is more durable than polyester. While nylon has low-moisture absorbency, its wicking properties and recovery make it popular in the world of activewear.

    Brasilfit Fabrics

    Here at Brasilfit, we manufacture all products using advanced fabrics. The materials that we use combine structural and thermodynamic properties to create activewear that is built for support, quality, and comfort.


    Supplex is our bestselling original fabric. It’s our thickest fabric and the one that offers the highest compression level.


    The xtreme fabric stimulates blood circulation to improve muscle recovery.


    Emana absorbs the body heat and emanates far infrared rays back to the skin, offering thermo-regulation properties.


    This is a lightweight fabric with a cool touch for exceptional comfort.

    Dry Light

    Dry light fabric has superior wicking fabric with a soft-silky touch for healthy skin.


    Airtech is a superior mesh fabric for body heat reduction and moisture absorption.


    Our comfort fabric is a light fabric with a soft touch and feel.

    Techpower/Techpower 3D

    This fabric has a smooth hand-feel and supportive fabric to hold you in while in action.

    When buying activewear, it’s best to do research. Click here for more information about our fabrics.