The rise of athleisure wear has allowed functional fashion to advance leaps and bounds. There’s no longer a need to compromise on comfort, as 4-way stretch fabric is designed to move with you.
Thanks to its breathability and moisture-wicking properties, 4-way stretch can take you through your whole day, from an early morning fitness class to meeting friends and running errands. Forget sweaty clothes clinging to your skin, 4-way stretch fabric will keep you feeling dry and comfortable all day long. But let’s get into the science.
What is 4-way stretch fabric?
There are two main types of stretch fabrics, 2-way stretch and 4-way stretch. 4-way stretch fabric is a type of knit fabric composed mostly of elastane (also known as spandex or Lycra) interwoven with other fibres. Whereas 2-way stretch fabric offers some stretch on parts of the fabric, 4-way stretch offers this on the cross-grain and length-wise which allows for greater range of motion.
The resistance to stretch in both directions makes this type of fabric comfortable to wear, as it molds to the body’s natural shape without feeling restrictive. Due to the elastane, the fabric retains elasticity over time and won’t lose shape with multiple washes, making it a great choice for athleisure wear.
Why do we use 4-way stretch fabric?
4-way stretch fabric is light yet highly durable, strong enough for everyday use.
Stretch fabric allows your body to sweat freely, as the breathability of the fabric allows the sweat to evaporate. It’s also water-resistant and quick drying, keeping you dry whatever the weather.
Our fabric is designed to move with you, whether you’re off to a yoga class or running to meet a friend for a coffee.
How to care for 4-way stretch fabric?
Caring for 4-way stretch fabric is relatively easy. It’s best to machine wash the fabric in cold water using a gentle cycle. Avoid using bleach or fabric softeners as these can damage the fabric. Tumble dry on low heat and only use a cool iron, as the heat can damage the elastic fibres. Or, if in doubt, ask your Mum, she’ll know what to do.