Category Archives: Bamboo Clothing

I’m looking for some basic mens gym wear, can you help?

Yes we can! A simple t-shirt, a pair of shorts or sweat pants, some socks and you’re done (lets pretend you don’t need shoes right now!).

All of our gym wear is made from Bamboo, and bamboo fabric is perfect for wearing when you exercise. It is highly absorbent, pulling moisture away from your body to the surface to evaporate.

Due to the fabric’s cellulosic structure, it ensures you are kept warm in the cold by trapping warm air inside the microfibres, yet cool in the heat by allowing air to circulate between the microfibres.

Bamboo fabric is also super soft due to it’s smooth microstructure, which ensures it is incredibly soft to the touch, and therefore, very, very comfortable to wear.

Something we really love about our own bamboo t-shirts especially, is that they can have a nice snug fit. Because we all want to show off our body after working hard for it!

So come have a look at what we offer for gym/exercise wear on our website here www.rileyandsilver.co.uk

Are your bamboo socks suitable for my swollen ankles?

We get this question a lot…. “Are your Bamboo socks suitable for my swollen ankles?”

And our answer?

Yes!

Why?

Because they don’t have tight elasticated tops that hold them up, nor are they overly tight as a whole.

Our bamboo socks have a 1cm loose rib at the top of the sock to hold them up, and also have 1-2% elastane in which helps them keep their shape without being overly tight too.

We’ve found that the large majority of our customers who have had problems with overly tight socks from other companies, have had no problem at all with our bamboo socks. In fact they often contact us to say how wonderful it is to be able to wear a pair of socks all day without the circulation being cut off to their feet!

Not to mention that bamboo is a great fabric for wicking away sweat from your skin, keeping nasty smells at bay with it’s natural antibacterial properties, as well as being able to regulate your skin temperature far better than most other fabrics too!

So if you’ve got any issues with swollen ankles, or you’ve just got overly tight socks, then try some bamboo socks, we’re sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Funky Bamboo Socks

 

Do your Bamboo socks have tight elasticated tops?

No, our bamboo socks have a 1cm loose rib at the top of the sock to hold them up, and also have 1-2% elastane in which helps them keep their shape without being overly tight too.

We’ve found that the large majority of our customers who have had problems with overly tight socks from other companies, have had no problem at all with our bamboo socks. In fact they often contact us to say how wonderful it is to be able to wear a pair of socks all day without the circulation being cut off to their feet!

We must also mention that bamboo is a great fabric for wicking away sweat from your skin, keeping nasty smells at bay with it’s natural antibacterial properties, as well as being able to regulate your skin temperature far better than most other fabrics too.

So if you dislike overly tight socks, then try some bamboo socks, we’re sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Funky Bamboo Socks

 

Why is Bamboo Clothing so Great?

Like a lot of people, we hadn’t heard of bamboo as a fabric until a few years ago, and since then we have become bamboo bedazzled!

If we can get a piece of clothing made from bamboo, we do, it’s super soft, incredibly comfortable and sits well on pretty much anybody that wears it.

Bamboo Top @ Riley & Silver

But what makes Bamboo such a great fabric?

Moisture Wicking

Bamboo fabric is highly absorbent, up to 3-4 times more so than cotton. It pulls moisture away from your body. This moisture can then evaporate, keeping you more comfortable.

Climate Control

Bamboo garments are highly breathable, so are cool in the heat, yet warm in the cold because of their cellulose structure, trapping warm air when required.

Pink Bamboo Top @ Riley & Silver

Anti Bacterial & Fungal

Bamboo fabric doesn’t allow bacteria to set up home very well, which is what makes some other performance clothing smell.

For sensitive or allergy prone skin, bamboo is perfect as it’s also anti-fungal. Many people say it’s the only fabric solution they’ve found for problem skin.

UV Protection and Anti-Static

Bamboo fabric cuts out up to 98% of harmful UV rays, making it perfect for covering up from the sun. It is sits well next to the skin without clinging to it due to it’s anti-static abilities.

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So there you go, some quick fire facts about the benefits of bamboo as a fabric. And if you’re now wondering where to get your hands on some lovely bamboo clothing, then fear not, for we have a solution for you.

Just visit our website… http://www.rileyandsilver.co.uk and you’ll be able to find a great selection of some amazing bamboo clothing…..

Bamboo Socks @ Riley & Silver

and we’ve got some really funky bamboo socks!

Cheerio!

Mike

Alternative 21st Century Outfit for all Men.

Riley & Silver Winter Outfit

Gentlemen, if you are looking for an outfit that offers the best of 21st century fashion, which combines both Made in Britain clothing with Eco Material clothing, then read on and you’ll be surprised…

It can get a little chilly in January in the UK, and you’ll need to wrap up warm, which means it’s all about layering, and the simpler you can make an outfit, the better.

Nothing gets more simpler than a White Organic Cotton and Bamboo T-Shirt underneath a Rhapsody Blue 100% Lambswool Made in Britain Jumper, which were both born to go together, and do so perfectly, in fact the only combinations on this planet that even get close are marmite and cheese, and batter on any chocolate bar.

You haven’t tried either? Egads, you haven’t lived!

So we move onto the bottom half, and as you can’t simply go strutting around with nothing on (well you could, but you might get a few strange looks!) then it’s best you can add in some Made in Britain Boxershorts, on top of which fit perfectly a pair of Stonewash Blue Made in Britain Jeans.

And then to finish off the look, add a pair of Red and Navy Luxury Bamboo Socks for that little flash of colour and you’ve got the perfect combination of made in britain and eco material clothing.

Oh and did you know you can get all of those items over on our website? No? Well, why not follow the links above or click on our web address and have a look for yourself … www.rileyandsilver.co.uk

And in case you’re getting picky about things, and are actually thinking about going outside in this outfit, you might need some shoes, and I’d highly recommend trying these Made in Britain 6 Eye Brogue Derby Boots

6 Eye Brogue Derby Boot Solovair

Something that we unfortunately don’t stock right now, but will be later this year.

And there we have it chaps. Your very own made in britain and eco material outfit, now go forth and be 21st century made in britain eco material chic! Now there’s a term that’ll make it into the English Dictionary by the end of the year.

Cheerio!

Mike

Surprising benefits of Bamboo Clothing as fitness wear.

If you like to keep fit and healthy, you no doubt do some kind of fitness activity. It could be running, cycling, lifting weights, yoga etc. What ever it is it will probably involve you wearing clothes… Well, unless it involves being naked, ummm, the mind boggles, yeah OK, I won’t go there!

So we’ll go with you wearing clothes when you exercise, cool. Have you thought about giving Bamboo clothing a go though? Did you even know bamboo clothing existed?

Well, I can tell you that yes it does and that it’s a very good fabric to use in clothing, especially fitness clothing, in my humble opinion that is.

I find that bamboo clothing hangs better on the body than cotton clothing does ( by this I mean that it’s almost figure hugging in places ) it’s more absorbent and wicks sweat away from the body better than cotton does, and it can even help keep those nasty pongs that emanate from a sweaty body at bay much better than cotton can.

Aubergine Bamboo T-shirt from Riley and Silver

When it comes to fitness clothing, personally I go for less is more. There’s nothing more I hate when I’m exercising than being hot and sweaty and not having the right clothing on to allow me to cool down properly without having to take off layers and then getting cold too quickly when I’m taking a rest period.

I’ve been keeping fit for over 15 years now, and I’ve pretty much tried all types of fitness clothing. Well, actually now that I think about it, I haven’t tried spandex, mmmmmm…….. sorry, I was dreaming thinking about a firm gluteus maximus in tight yellow spandex…. ahem, apologies, sorry about that, where was I…

Ah yes… When it comes to fitness clothing I believe you need something that is absorbent, that wicks moisture away from your skin, and can deal with the high probability that you may get a bit smelly!

And that ladies and gentlemen is where I believe bamboo clothing comes into its own.

Black Bamboo Vest from Riley and Silver

I’ve only been wearing bamboo clothing for about a year now, but I swear that it is perfect for doing any kind of activity in.

I have a spare room with my weights and running machine in. I dislike gyms with a venom and I’m not a fan of pounding the road dodging people, animals, cars and the like, so I prefer to do my exercising at home.

I tend to only wear a bamboo t-shirt and a pair of shorts, well, when I say shorts, I actually wear a pair of bamboo sports trunks, but I won’t go into details ( I know, sorry ladies! ).

What I like most about wearing a bamboo t-shirt is that it is light enough to generally not notice I am wearing anything, but thick enough that it keeps me warm enough until I get warmed up from exercising.

Then once I am hot and sweaty, I find that the bamboo material seems to absorb my sweat and it then evaporates away.

And the same goes for the shorts. They are tight enough to provide support in the necessary area, but not too tight to cut off circulation ( egads can you imagine chaps? ) and when they get a little sweaty ( as that area tends to ) the bamboo again seems to come into its own, by wicking the moisture away from my body.

Black Bamboo Boxers from Riley and Silver

And I should also mention the smells, or lack thereof. Bamboo seems to have a natural ability to keep smells at bay, although I’m not one for wearing the same clothing for more than a couple of workouts, they just don’t pong regardless of how intense my activity has been.

I haven’t yet tried any other kind of bamboo clothing for fitness related activities, but I think at some point this year I’m going to try to find a decent area to run outdoors, and I’m going to give some bamboo leggings and a long-sleeved bamboo top a go and see how they feel, but I’ve got to say I’m pretty confident that they will do just fine.

Anyhoo, if you fancy giving bamboo clothing a try for whatever fitness activity you are doing, then come and have a look on the Riley & Silver website as we’ve got an ever-growing selection, and if you decide to buy some and try it out let me know how you get on with it!

Right, I’m off for a quick interval session on the treadmill.

Cheerio!

Mike