(Aka; Tender Legging Care)
The following instructions pertain to ALL activewear, not just Bewildher's...
INSPECT THE GARMENT ON DELIVERY
Inspect your garment(s) for flaws and defects on delivery. Try them on to give the seams a first stretch, and afterwards, review the seams to be sure they are secure. If any appear to be unravelling, contact the company right away. Bewildher, for example, has a 30 day seam warranty, detailed in our returns page. Alternatively, click here for instructions on how to fix a skipped stitch.
BE GENTLE ON THE SEAMS
Avoid 'yanking' on the seams of your activewear. Stepping on the ankles as you 'jump' into your leggings could tear a seam. This is because the fabric has more stretch than the seam, causing them to work against each other when you yank. Fully step through the ankle openings and pull them up with the same care you would a pair of nylons. This will help the seams withstand the test of time.
Why not make the threads stronger? If the thread is too strong, in those moments when we yank on the seams more than can be withstood, the fabric will rip instead of the thread. This would be bad. It is much easier to resew a seam than it is to repair a jagged hole in the material.
COLD SOAK BEFORE GETTING SWEATY
It is best to cold water soak printed and colored garments before getting all hot-n-sweaty. This will permanently set the ink and eliminate the potential risk of the color shifting to the edge of a sweat patch.
Always cold wash, by hand or in a wash bag on a gentle cycle. Hang to dry, or use the ‘no heat’ setting of your dryer. Heat breaks down the spandex in the material, causing them to stretch out sooner. Avoid washing with velcro, zippers and anything abrasive.
PROTECT OUR OCEANS
To help keep synthetic microfibers out of the ocean, we strongly recommend using a Guppy Friend wash bag.
Remove stains by soaking in water with a scoop of Oxyclean and the recommended water temperature for the type of stain.
ACTIVITIES TO AVOID
If you wish to keep your garments looking new, please be advised against the following activities as they could damage the material and wear off the surface prints: cycling, rock climbing and sliding down rocks, washing and wearing with exposed velcro, crawling on knees on rough carpet or other abrasive surfaces, and contact with sharp objects such as pet claws or branches while bushwacking - but hey, isn’t life about more than perfectly preserved material things?
Wear printed garments at your own risk. Cycling apparel companies use special chemical treatments to prepare their fabrics for print, however as these are harmful to the environment we don't use them for Bewildher garments. As such, it is probable the print will rub off in hi-rub areas, such as the seat.
Prints - rubbing off
Prints are a surface treatment, so be sure to avoid activities that could damage the surface of the material and subsequently rub off the print.
Soft fabrics - pilling
In order to make fabrics feel softer, they are 'brushed' or 'peached'. These are processes that shorten the fiber length and give it a soft feel, however, this also makes them prone to pilling. Pilling is a characteristic of soft fabrics that cannot be countered except with the use of harmful chemicals, and we're not into those. Just like roses have thorns, if you like soft leggings, embrace those fuzzy nuggets as the trade off and be prepared for any surface prints to fade a little over time.
PRODUCT LIFE EXPECTANCY
ALL activewear, not just our brand, has a product life expectancy (how long it will look and perform like new) dependent on these factors:
• Type of material (thinner and softer = less durable)
• How often it is washed and worn
• How well the customer cares for their clothing
For garments that are well taken care of, a general rule of thumb...or legs, is...
• If washed and worn everyday, the garment will last 3 months.
• If washed and worn twice a week, the garment will last a year.
• If washed and worn once a week, the garment will last two years.
• If washed and worn once a month, the garment will last 8 years.
After this time period, like a car reaching a mileage milestone, your garment is likely to require some maintenance; a seam repaired, a hole patched, etc. This also explains how that fancy jacket or dress you bought years ago and never wear looks new, while your favorite leggings needed replacing.
'EXPENSIVE' does not mean 'INDESTRUCTIBLE'
Price has nothing to do with how indestructible a garment is. If you purchased a nice silk blouse for $200 and ripped it the first time you wore it, would that be the fault of the blouse? No! Silk is known to be fragile and the price has to do with qualities other than durability.
It is much the same with stretch garments. Regardless of how expensive they are, the thinner, softer and more stretch in the material and seams, the more susceptible the garment is to wear and tear - so please, take care!
When it comes to activewear, cost has more to do with aesthetics, such as limited edition prints, and performance features, like breathability and stretch recovery. As a slow fashion brand, part of our price tag is for the peace of mind of knowing your purchase is ethically sewn and made from sustainable materials.
If you’re rough on your stuff and find it's constantly wearing out, opt for thicker and less stretchy garments. If soft and stretchy with a barely there feel is worth the risk (as many athletes would agree), just be mindful these garments are much more like silk than durable denim.