Tis the season to be stylish (and warm)!

It’s that time of year again. The time when the nights start to draw in and the days grow colder, not cold enough to warrant a full on Artic style cover up but cold enough to make you shiver if you’re not wrapped up properly.

Transitional time, when autumn meets winter around early November and the two shake hands for a brief moment, is the time our minds begin to turn to the often stressful task of Christmas shopping and the looming festive season, but we should also give half a mind to our sartorial choices as it can be tricky to dress right during the crossover period.

It’s definitely far too cold for that lightweight linen summer jacket, but it’s not quite warranting bringing out that faux fur-lined Parka yet. Le sigh. Mr Guy Fawkes didn’t have to worry about such fashion difficulties, well at least not after he had a nice toasty bonfire underneath him.

Speaking of which, Fireworks Night marks the ushering in of that time when a cup of steaming hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and cinnamon sprinkles starts to sound like the best idea ever, but it’s also the time we crack open our sweater drawers and examine whether or not those moth eaten sloppy joes will be viable again this year.

But there’s no excuse for trotting out the same old tired fashion choices, we Brits have a lot of experience with dressing for bad weather, and as a result Brit designers are renowned for offering up some of the most stylish and iconic transitional season fashion to be found globally. Think comfy Pringle sweaters, Burberry Trenchcoats, Barbour jackets, and Hunter wellies, then toss in a wacky Zandra Rhodes print overlong Dr Who style scarf for good measure.

November can be an unpredictable month, with weather ranging from the fairly mild to full on downpours and freezing winds from one day to the next. If you’re going to be attending a Fireworks Night event outdoors this year, why not wrap up warm in a chunky knit arran sweater, the Arran knit sweater being yet another Brit design classic of course.

When Guido Fawkes was discovered under the Houses Of Parliament with enough gun powder to blow up an army, the people celebrated saving the political establishment with wild parties in the street and much rejoicing, burning effigies of Mr Fawkes on bonfires.

And while we might not quite have so much enthusiasm for today’s political elite, the tradition still lingers, with the 5th of November seeing more people turn out to watch rockets, Roman Candles, and Catherine Wheels than most other outdoor events see on these shores all year round.

A chilly spell doesn’t have to mean sloppy dressing though, especially with the myriad of design choices currently available for snappy dressing during the cold snap. Now, no matter what your style. turn the cold weather to your advantage by investing in some quality knitwear that will keep you both snug and stylish.

Whether your style epitomizes laidback cool, you adore the vintage look, or you prefer to dress up rather than down with more tailored knits, our massive pool of home-grown design talent ensures there’s something for everyone.

For something truly innovative this season, try out some of the exciting new recycled or ethically sourced knits that are slowly beginning to be seen on the shelves of British stores both offline and online.

Take it from us, eco fashion is set to be one of the big trends of 2015, so get a sartorial jump-start by warming up to ethical style during the transitional period, before the trend becomes huge fashion news next year. And while you’re about it, why not take the hassle out of some of that Christmas shopping and avoid the crush by snapping up some on trend eco fashion online, both as a stylish treat for yourself, and for the perfect gift for someone special?

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

 

Frighteningly Fashionable Britain

Halloween and Gothic style go together like a chilly night and a hot toddy, and throughout the years both have had a major impact on the direction of British fashion. From Poe’s spine chillingly creepy tales of ghoulishness, to 1980’s goth rockers Siouxie and the Banshees, those influenced by the dark side have found a seemingly untapped well of inspiration on UK shores.

With its roots in the ancient Celtic festival of the dead, Samhain, where the deceased were thought to be able to communicate with the living for one night, Halloween got it’s official moniker in 601 AD, when Pope Gregory renamed it in an attempt to put a Christian spin on a historical tradition.

Halloween DarknessThis piece of ancient PR seems to have paid off though, as in some form or another we’ve celebrated the festival in Britain ever since, with traditions like apple bobbing having their roots as far back as the 1400’s!

But both Gothic style and Halloween didn’t find their kismet until the 19th century, when the master of the macabre Edgar Allen Poe came along to pen tales that would send a shiver along the spine of even the most hardened horror buff.

Poe was the undisputed king of darkness, and it seems he was something of a fan of original gothic style too, as from architecture to clothing, his writing is chock full of detailed references to the darkly beautiful.

Poe likely took his influence from his surroundings, as Britain was undergoing a big Gothic Revival during his lifetime, with buildings heavily referencing original medieval gothic architecture springing up all over the place, such as the striking Houses of Parliament and the beautiful St Pancreas station.

Throughout the years following Poe’s death, from the damson coloured vampy lips of silent screen vamp Theda Bara, to the haunting lyrics of aloof crooner Nico from the Velvet Underground, there were numerous goth inspired influences to satiate our craving for the dark side. But the unofficial date of the origin of modern British Goth style as we know it wouldn’t occur until 1979, when Bauhaus released their hugely influential single Bela Lugosi’s Dead.

Piggybacking Bahaus’s influence, Goth Rockers Siouxie and the Banshees further revolutionized the British music industry, creating a whole new genre of alternative music that was dubbed “gothic rock” by music critics at the time. The genre swiftly became popular and its rapidly swelling numbers of followers soon developed their own unique fashion style, influenced by the ethereal lyrics and dark cadences of the music they listened too.

Soon everyone and his black cat seemed to be sporting purple and black striped tights, a black velvet blazer, heavy black eyeliner and a head full of backcombed jet black hair that would make Cher envious, and that was just the guys!

halloween_110007212-1013intBut all jokes aside, the enthusiasm for all things Goth in the 80’s saw things previously considered taboo being readily adopted by the mainstream. Bisexual experimentation became almost the norm, and a more androgynous style of dressing became popular too, with embellishments like eyeliner and long hair on men seen as much more readily acceptable.

Since then, though Gothic fashion may not quite ever have reached the heady peaks of its 1980’s heyday, it’s continued to mutate and thrive, and the birth of the famous annual Whitby Gothic Festival in North Yorkshire in 1994 only serves to give testament to the enduring popularity of gothic style as well as the British interest in all things macabre!

Whitby, the place where British gothic legend Bram Stoker penned the genre’s quintessential tale, Dracula, sees thousands of elaborately dressed goths descend on the town every year, to pay an annual pilgrimage to the man, who along with Poe, is often cited as the father of British Gothic horror fiction.

Since Poe and Stoker’s time, things seem to have quite fittingly gone full circle, with modern-day British Goths in 2014 now sourcing style inspiration from the original Victorian fashions first made popular during the Gothic Revival period of 1830-1900.

The high-necked black lace pussy blow blouses, corsets, long full skirts and velvet chokers that typify this branch of Gothic style, were initially worn in Britain more than a century ago, and are now being sported on our streets today, undisputedly proving the old adage true that great style never goes out of fashion.

Five Brit trends rocking the fashion world in 2014

British style has always been at the forefront of fashion, but lately, to look at media coverage, it almost seems like our goal is to achieve world style domination with the sheer amount of Brit inspired trends and stylish British celebs out there right now.

From Cara D to the Dandy revival right now the British fashion scene has never been so hot. Let’s take a look at the five top trends currently rocking the style scene in 2014.

Tomboy inspired casual cool
The trend for uber casual as the ultimate badge of fashion cool has been driven by the popularity of celeb model/ actress/ it girls such as Cara Delavigne, Alexa Chung et al. These girls and their laid back, rocked up, I just threw this on then borrowed my boyfriend’s sloppy joe kind of style is currently setting style mavens and fashion editors abuzz, and has spawned millions of copycats throughout the globe.

The trend for casual cool is now so popular Hollywood celebs have got in on the act, and are rocking the grungy look, due in no small part to all the global coverage given by eminent fashionista bibles such as US Vogue and iD magazine that celebrate the style of Ms Delavigne and her pals.

Dapper Dandies
Traditional tailoring is back in style big time, you only have to look at dapper dandies David Beckham and uber male model David Gandy to see that getting suited and booted has never been more on trend.

Savile Row style is now being sported by everyone from actors George Clooney and Ryan Gosling, to Olympic cycling hero Bradley Wiggins, and the demand for the dapper look is so firmly back in fashion that traditional Brit gentleman’s outfitters are reporting a huge upswing in sales of bespoke tailoring, and dandyish accessories like cravats and cuff links.

Hipster happening
Love it or hate it hipster style is definitely here to stay. The often debated style is still a huge trend for men in 2014, with celeb hipsters Nik Grimshaw and Russell Brand sporting their trademark drainpipe denims, beanies, grungy boots, and skinny ties.

Though it had its origins in arty East London districts Shoreditch and Dalston, the looks now gone global with Hollywood actors like Jared Leto and Johnny Depp going all hipsterish and adopting a bit of London indie style, despite the vast amounts of negative criticism the trend’s attracted from those opposed to all things hipster.

Urban trends
London’s always been a huge player in the urban music scene, and this, combined with the city’s status as a capital of style is what has enabled the Brit urban scene to really influence fashion and music on the global stage.

Stylish acts like Tine Temper, Dizzee Rascal, Rita Ora, and Emili Sande, have long set the stage for Brit world domination within the urban music scene. But London’s special brand of street style has followed hot on its heels (or Nike Air Jordan trainers) and is now influencing the world, due to the sheer number of fashion bloggers and street style photographers capturing the look, and bringing it to the attention of style watchers throughout the globe.

Vintage sweetheart
The lifestyle trend that has seen us move away from mass production and demand more authentic and ethical goods has bled into the sartorial arena too, with the revival of retro styles inspired by the 40’s and 50’s.

British WW2 1940’sweetheart fashion has been seen on everyone from Kelly Osbourne to Katy Perry, and retro style shows no sign of slowing down the pace in 2014, with a proliferation of homegrown Brit retro labels like Tara Starlet and Lindy Bop making it affordable to create the perfect retro look.

Purchases of both vintage inspired clothing and genuine authentic pieces from the 40’s and 50’s eras are soaring, as more and more style conscious women want to take up the trend and don a little bit of vintage glamour for themselves and look fabulous and original.

And as we all become more eco-aware, genuine vintage clothing not only helps to create a glamorous look that most modern clothing could never achieve, but it also seems to make more and more sense, after all why waste something that you can reuse again?

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Do you agree, or disagree with our picks for the Brit fashions trends for 2014, maybe we’ve missed something you think has made more of impact this year, let us know in the comments!

Cheers

Mike

Home spun style – how British Fashion changed the world!

Being British we’re used to being quite self-effacing types who typically downplay our own greatness, but when it comes to fashion, there’s no doubt that through the decades Britain has shaped the style world in a major way.

Take the mini skirt for example. Invented in the 60’s by iconic British fashion designer Mary Quant, the mini came to embody the spirit of 1960’s London and was subsequently adopted by style conscious citizens throughout the world.

Mini-skirt

At the time the mini skirt was cheeky, a little bit shocking, and was considered totally edgy and fresh, which is why it became the skirt of choice for the hordes of fashion conscious women prowling up and down the length of the heart of Swinging London, Carnaby Street.

But British fashion had been influencing and shaping the sartorial world decades before the 1960’s. Did you know that the man universally considered to be the father of haute couture was actually a Brit who came from Lincolnshire, who worked in the drapery shops of London before he moved to Paris to open his salon?

In his day, Charles Worth was an absolute fashion behemoth, and was so revered he even dressed royals such as France’s Empress Eugenie, not to mention famous society beauties of the time such as actress Sarah Bernhardt, and uber courtesan Cora Pearl. Women flocked to him from around the world to be draped in his expertly cut designs, and to this day he remains an eternal fashion icon, remembered throughout the world for his tailoring and use of luxurious fabrics.

It’s not just items of clothing that has put Britain firmly on the fashion map either – we invented mass production – essentially paving the way for every retail outlet from Primark to Prada to hawk their wares. The Spinning Jenny, which totally revolutionized the clothing production industry, made producing large volumes of fabric possible, and it was invented by a British carpenter called James Hargreaves.

The device, named after Hargreaves daughter, was so successful it became one of the key instruments behind the Industrial Revolution, and in fact is the reason why the high street fashion industry that exists today is in existence at all!Man-in-black

And let’s not forget that quintessential fashion staple – black. The trend for the monochromatic shade that’s so vital to any self-respecting fashionista, and is found making up a large part of the wardrobes of the style conscious throughout the globe, actually started with one of our own – good old Queen Victoria.

Though typically when we think of black, we think of Coco Chanel, who popularised the Little Black Dress, the shade first became en vogue after the death of Prince Albert, when Victoria took to wearing all black.

Before Queen Vic went back to black, practically no one wore the shade apart from widows in mourning and members of the clergy, but afterwards everyone from pauper to princess was kitted out in all black garb complete with matching jet accessories. It’s probably one of the biggest influences Britain has ever had on the fashion world, and it’s a trend that continues today, though it often goes uncredited.

British fashion designers hold a major sway in the global fashion scene and are praised throughout the world for their excellence, innovation, and creative expertise. From the edgy and boundary pushing late Alexander McQueen, to the eccentric surprise of Vivienne Westwood, right through to the eco-conscious tailored cool of Stella McCartney, all of them hold the fashion world in thrall with their unique and highly wearable designs.

There’s no doubt that in the future British fashion will be one of the front-runners in setting new style trends, as from producing exciting new ethical fashion to creating cool and edgy street wear, Brits continue to lead the way, blazing new trails in the sartorial stakes and continuing a trend that’s gone on for centuries.

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How do you see British fashion shaping the future, do you see Britain continuing to set new trends or perhaps you think the opposite and you feel Britain has lost it’s creative fashion heart? Let us know in the comments below!

Cheers

Mike

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

Surprise – We Accept Bitcoin for Clothing at Riley & Silver!

Riley & Silver Accept Bitcoin!

What is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin is a new digital currency, one that we believe in and feel that you should too.

It requires a bit more time and space to explain than we have here, so please take a look at this website for more information… https://www.weusecoins.com

How do I place an order with you?

It’s very simple, just find the items you would like to buy, add them to your virtual shopping basket and then click checkout.

Once you have filled in the address you want the items to be sent to, along with your email address, simply click on the ‘Purchase Order’ button at the bottom of the checkout screen.

Within 1-3 hours (normally much quicker) we will then email you using the email address you supplied (so please ensure it is correct) requesting payment from you in Bitcoins.

We will convert your order total from GBP into Bitcoins, using the exchange rate at the time we email you.

You then simply send us your Bitcoin payment to the address we give you and once we have confirmed receipt, we’ll email you again to let you know and also when we’ll be shipping your order!

How do you get the exchange rate for Bitcoins?

We use the exchange rate from mtgox.com.

How can I trust you with my Bitcoins?

Like other merchants on the internet who are now accepting Bitcoins as payment for orders, we want to provide the best service to our customers, and this means offering as many payment options as possible.

Just like any other form of payment, we receive your Bitcoin payment before we ship your order, however, as you will probably be aware, unlike other forms of payment you cannot reverse a Bitcoin transaction once you have sent it, therefore putting your trust in us.

We take that trust very seriously, and can assure you that your money, regardless of payment method, will be safe with us.

Yes, these are only words, but hopefully you’ll see throughout our website we offer an open and honest approach, this ranges from offering as many forms of paying for your order as possible, to making sure all our processes are as clear as possible too.

Will a Bitcoin order be any different than any other order paid via another means?

No.  All of our normal terms & conditions are applicable to a Bitcoin order, which can be viewed by clicking here.

What if I want to return an item, how do refunds work with Bitcoins?

If you receive your order and want to return an item, you can do so by using our normal returns procedure which can be found here.

The only difference will be that once we receive your returned item, we’ll contact you for your Bitcoin payment address to send you back the relevant funds – and where-ever possible, we request that this be the same as the original address you sent us the Bitcoins from.

The refund will be in Bitcoins at the exchange rate in GBP at the time we process the refund (normally within 24hrs of receiving a return), minus any fee’s as per our returns policy.

I have another question about paying by Bitcoins not covered here.

Simply email us at support@rileyandsilver.co.uk and we’ll try to answer any questions you have asap.

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

Creating Made in Britain clothing for Men? Make it affordable, oh and casual!

In the last few years I’ve taken more of an interest in Made in Britain mens clothing, but I often struggle to find anything that is either in my price range (e.g middle to lower) or that isn’t a f***ing suit!

I’m all for as many people/companies making mens clothing here in Britain, but why oh why, do so many of them have to be so bloody expensive, and what is it with all these bloody suits and trousers for men?

As far as I am aware we’re not stuck in the Victorian times, this is 2014 and the right pair of jeans and a properly fitting top can make any guy look good. I just don’t get this whole suit look, it’s just plain boring to me.

I know manufacturing here in Britain costs more, and I believe one of the reasons is partly because there are fewer factories capable of making the clothing, but even still, there are companies who are making clothing here in Britain, and doing it at an affordable level.

We even offer a few over on our website, and we’ll be adding more as and when we come across affordable ranges.

Hawick Knitwear Jumper at Riley & Silver

As an example Hawick Knitwear and Wizard Jeans are a couple of brands offering what I call affordable casual menswear.

Hawick offer great jumpers for around £60-£80 and Wizard Jeans offer great jeans for around £90.

Both price ranges are what I would call affordable. And both companies clothing is what I would call casual, although the Hawick jumpers wouldn’t look out-of-place with a nice shirt underneath somewhere more formal, but I digress…

What I’m getting at is that there seems to be a lot of new made in britain clothing lines that are popping up that offer just smart shirts and suits, and I don’t understand why.

Casual clothing is a massive market, and yes I know, just as suits are. But surely there are enough suit manufacturers in britain. I know it’s something we’re really good at, but we don’t need any more right now surely.

To me the whole point of wanting to manufacture in britain is to ensure skills and jobs are kept in this country, therefore benefiting the whole country because it will have a knock on effect not just felt directly by the people making the clothing.

So let’s make something here that isn’t already being made here, that being casual clothing.

Wizard Jeans at Riley & Silver

For me an example of great looking casual clothing is the stuff that Jacamo offer. They’ve got such a wide range of mens clothing, and pretty much all of it looks great too.

It’d be nice if some of it was made in britain or from alternative materials, but hey I’m sure it will be one day, right Jacamo?

One thing I haven’t been able to find made in britain as yet is a decent affordable top, shirt or t-shirt.

Something to wear underneath a jumper when it’s cold, or something to wear on its own when it gets warmer (it does happen occasionally here in Britain you know).

I haven’t yet been able to find a made in britain casual t-shirt or shirt at a decent price, which for me would be around £10-£20 for a t-shirt and £25-£50 for a shirt.

And yes it’s doable, it’s just a case of taking less profit when you make a sale. And don’t worry about the less profit bit, because you’ll sell more, if you make a great product.

That’s what I don’t get about high-priced clothing. It can cost exactly the same to make as a lower priced piece.

If a top costs say £20 to manufacture in britain (all costs included, shipping etc.), why does a company then sell it at £60+?

Why not sell it at £40? You’d still be covering all your costs, plus you’d be making anywhere between £10-£20 clear profit. And best of all you’d probably sell a lot more because more people would be able to afford it.

And that’s one of the worst things I have experienced so far having gained more of an interest in made in britain clothing. People do actually want to buy more of it, but I constantly hear ‘but it’s so expensive’.

I know we’ve all got used to buying cheaper imported clothing, but still, the British made clothing is on the whole very expensive.

Again, I know it can be due to the lack of manufacturing facilities here in britain, but it’s also to do with companies being too f***ing greedy in their profit margins.

It wouldn’t be so bad if these companies were open enough to show that the extra profit was being used to provide training for their workers, or even more factories being built etc, but a lot of companies prefer to give this extra profit to their shareholders, which are often foreign and they then invest it in their own country.

Yay, great. Yet more money taken out of Britain.

Meh, I’m going off on one here, perhaps I shouldn’t have started writing after drinking my third rum n coke this evening.

But my point has been made, I think.

So please, pretty pretty please, if you’re thinking of creating a Made in Britain mens clothing line, make it casual, and for f*** sake make it affordable too!

Cheers

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