athleisure

  1. Digital Style Preview 4/10 RECAP

    We just had the world-premiere of our Digital Style Preview on April 10 and we thank you for the responses. Many of you are asking for the availability and more description of the styles. Well, here's the recap with the complete breakdown. 

    Don't forget, sneak-peek clips will be released on our Instagram, Facebook Fan Page, and Twitter, whilst full clips will be dropped on our members-only Facebook Group page. Please join the group if you haven't done so.

    Our model is 5'5" and wears sample size S.


    AT2821: Snow Leopard Striped Band Sports Bra
    APH2820: Snow Leopard Striped Band Highwaist Leggings (will also be available in XS:S:M pack)
    81% nylon, 19% spandex.
    PREORDER: ETA May/June 2020

    APH2820 and the matching sports bra, AT2821 were made with the exclusive Snow Leopard print 2.0 and have cherry-red stripe accent.
    We've done quite a few items with striped waist band and they've been selling well. This one reminds us of the bolder, Snow Jaguar highwaist leggings with glittery golden band from F/W 2019 (one of our all-time best-sellers, BTW).


    KT11428: Twisted Front Gathered Back Athleisure Crop Top

    Available colors: Black, Medium Mocha, White
    50% cotton, 50% modal.
    PREORDER: ETA May/June 2020

    Extra breathable (made using cotton-modal blend), we'd recommend wearing this top as a coverup for your Mono B (or any kind of) sports bra, whether before, during, or after working out. Although it's a crop top, the silhouette is still long enough to cover your tummy (especially if you're wearing a pair of highwaist leggings). The twisted front and the gathered back cinch the waist for a flattering look.


    AT2770: Contrast Stitch Raglan Crop Shirt
    APH2771: Splice Colorblock Highwaist Leggings with Contrast Seams (also available in XS:S:M pack)
    88% polyester, 12% spandex.
    AVAILABLE NOW.

    This set reminds us of Tron. It's so futuristic. The contrast stitching on both the top and the leggings are designed to create a slimming silhouette.



    AT2868: Ribbed Twist Accent Racerback Sports Bra
    87% nylon, 13% spandex.
    PREORDER: CONFIRMED DATE April 27, 2020

    APH2704: Melange Essential Highwaist Leggings (also available in XS:S:M pack)
    87% polyester, 13% spandex.
    AVAILABLE NOW.

    Following the twisted-front theme, the AT2868 racer sports bra was made using all-over ribbed fabric and has a cut-out accent on the front with a twisted stitch.

    Black does go with everything, and we pair this with our melange pastel leggings (APH2704) for a contrast look. Like all our essential leggings, this pair doesn't come with any embellishment, only the necessary discreet pouch inside the waist band and two side pockets.


    KT11396: Dip-Dye Ombre Drop-Sleeve Crop Top
    52% cotton, 48% polyester.
    PREORDER: CONFIRMED DATE April 27, 2020

    If tie-dye is a little bit too much for you, opt for the dip-dye. This finish is so subtle and adds a dash of character to the apparel. Layer it over your leggings and sports bra or sweatpants for a truly comfortable wear that's video-call friendly.


    APH8005: Mono B GREEN Overlay Mesh Pocket Highwaist Leggings (also available in XS:S:M pack)
    AVAILABLE NOW: Cantaloupe, Moss Green
    Preorder colors: Black, Dejavu, Natural 10, Pepper Corn/PREORDER: ETA August/September 2020
    80% recycled polyester, 20% spandex.

    One of our best-selling Mono B GREEN leggings, this pair was made with post-consumer recycled polyester (click here to see the lifecycle of recycled polyester and nylon). Shown here are APH8005 in Cantaloupe, for a bright and different take on pastel pink.


    KT11387: Essential Athleisure Tiger-Dye Crop Shirts
    58% cotton, 38% modal, 4% spandex.
    PREORDER: CONFIRMED DATE May 1, 2020
    Tie-dye is making a comeback! (But has it truly ever left?) This striped tie-dye athleisure shirt features a blend of white, grey, and dark grey tones with peach to break the monochromatic look and infuse a dash of the trending Spring/Summer 2020 color.


    KT11409: Twist Front Crop Athleisure Tank Top
    Available colors: Black, Medium Mocha, White
    50% cotton, 50% modal.
    PREORDER: CONFIRMED DATE April 20

    With overlaying twist front and sleeveless design, this slightly cropped muscle tank is the perfect and versatile accompaniment to both your active and couch lifestyles. The cotton-modal blend makes the fabric breathable even for when you're working out at home.


    APH826: Pale Snake Highwaist Capri Leggings (also available in XS:S:M pack)
    75% polyester, 25% spandex.
    AVAILABLE NOW

    It doesn't matter how many snake prints we have, we can never get enough! There's something magical and primal about snakes and reptiles, and some people attribute this to the way they move and how close they always stay to the ground.

    We started our line of snake prints in Holiday 2018 and they've been best (and fast) sellers. This one, made using the Mono B exclusive Pale Snake print, is almost gone as well.


    Sneak-peek clips will be released on our Instagram, Facebook Fan Page, and Twitter, whilst full clips will be dropped on our members-only Facebook Group page.

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  2. New Feature: Digital Style Preview!

    Since it looks like we won't be going to trade shows any time soon (or opening the showroom), we've decided to showcase our styles digitally.

    Sneak-peek clips will be released on our Instagram, Facebook Fan Page, and Twitter, whilst full clips will be dropped on our members-only Facebook Group page.

    We hope this will at least give you a sense of how the clothes look like in motion.

    Stay safe, everyone!

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  3. A Brief History of Red & Pink

    Lola (from Kinky Boots) perhaps has the best line when it comes to the color red. It is the color of desire, and thus, love. Red is the shade of choice for a restaurant's interior because it stimulates the customer's appetite. There's still an urban legend that goes around saying red cars get ticketed more often than cars in other colors.

    Back in the seventeenth century, one of the original red dye came from an insect called cochineal, a little bug that now lives mainly in Peru and the Canary Islands. When Spaniard invaded Mexico in the 16th century, they saw the Aztecs had vibrant fabrics dyed in red, so the European invaders stole the Aztec's discovery of the cochineals. At that time, there had already been other sources of red dyes, but nothing was as pigmented or able to produce red hues that stayed longer on textiles.

    The Spaniards harvested the bugs, dried them, and sent them to Europe. For a long time, the bugs were one of the best-kept secrets in the dying industry because the European importers couldn't tell if the pellets they received were berries, bugs, or minerals, and the Spaniards were tight-lipped about how they procured them.

    However, in 1869, the synthetic red dye Alizarin was discovered. This dye was the first natural dye to be produced synthetically (in nature, this type of red dye was extracted from madder root). And thus the cochineal industry was upended.

    Fun fact: did you know that the red dye in your food and or cosmetics may have come from dried cochineals? The demand for natural ingredients has resurrected the need to harvest the cochineal bugs, and apparently the dye from cochineals is safe enough to put near the eyes. Check the product's ingredients. If they include carmine, cochineal extract, or natural red 4, then that product was made using cochineal bugs. But not to worry, vibrant-red sweet potatoes are now used to replace the bugs as a source of red dye.

    But back in the sixteenth century, the cost of red dye so high that only the rich and well-connected could afford it. One of the most famous fans was Louis XIV. Not only did he wear garments in red, but he also painted his heels scarlet. According to historian Philip Mansel, the gesture of painting heels meant that the nobles never dirtied their shoes, and that the red color meant the wearer was "always ready to crush the enemies of the state at their feet." Mind you, this is the same Louis XIV who famously said, "It is legal because I wish it."

    Fun fact: although the current pope, Pope Francis, has chosen to wear black shoes, traditionally, popes had always worn red papal shoes. The red shoes symbolize Jesus Christ's blood when he was whipped on his way to being crucified, and of course, when his hands and feet were pierced on the cross. Many popes decided to forego this tradition, but Pope Benedict XVI restored the use of the red papal shoes.

    Another shade of red that's just as popular, is pink. Nowadays, pink is a girl's color. This is evident in Barbie's hot pink color identity and the iconic pussyhats (initiated by Krista Suh and Jayna Zweiman) that first made their appearance in the US' 2017 Women's March.

    However, this wasn't the case in the mid-1700s. in Europe, both male and female aristocrats, wore pink because it was considered a luxurious color that symbolized wealth, class, and privilege. In fact, Madame de Pompadour, Louis XV's chief mistress, loved pink so much that in 1757, the French porcelain manufacturer, Sèvres, named a new shade of pink, Rose Pompadour.

    Back in those days, children of both sexes were dressed in white, and pink was assigned to the boys because it was thought to be close to red, a color associated with masculinity, and had military undertones.

    In the mid 19th century, men started wearing darker tones, leaving pastels to the women, and thus pink became a feminine color. This feminization was also attributed in part to the color's proximity to the naked female body.

    The Nazis saw this color and applied it to their coding system, where gay men in concentration camps had to wear a large pink triangle, intended as a badge of shame. These gay men were lumped with rapists and pedophiles, who also wore pink triangle badges.

    In 1950s postwar America, pink has generally been associated with girls, whilst blue with boys. "Society decides what colors mean," said Valerie Steele, editor of the book Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color, and director of The Museum at New York's Fashion Institute of Technology. "When that particular divide was made, it reinforced the perception of pink as a frivolous, because of its association with women, who have been traditionally looked down upon."

    But the color pink has been reclaimed. The pink triangle has now become a powerful symbol of gay pride. Rihanna came up with a pink Fenty x Puma collection that features items for men. Pink is punk, as declared by The Ramones and The Clash.

    But as punk as pink (or P!nk) is, this color is still considered a variation of the red hue. Therefore, just like red, pink (and its counterparts like peach, fuchsia, and cantaloupe) are the colors for Valentine's Day.


    Photos:

    Swimsuit (sold as a set): AS142-Tomato-Red
    Activewear (Mono B GREEN, sold separately): AT8004-Cantaloupe (sports bra) & APH8007-Cantaloupe (highwaist leggings)

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  4. Meet Our Eco-Friendly line, Mono B GREEN

    We get it, you love fashion, and so do we! But we're also aware that the fashion industry is the second-largest Earth polluter, just behind the oil industry. On a side note, it takes fossil fuels to create fibers like polyester, nylon, and viscose.

    The year 2020 marks Mono B's eleventh anniversary. Last year we released Mono B MEN, our range of activewear, athleisure apparel, and loungewear for men. Two years ago, we released Mono B SWIM (and we can't wait to launch more of our swimwear line this summer). This year, though, is special. This is the year Mono B goes one step further and improves our activewear collection by adding Mono B GREEN, featuring leggings and sports bras made using either 100% recycled polyester or 100% recycled nylon.

    Unlike cotton, virgin polyester and virgin nylon fibers aren't found in nature, and it takes human ingenuity to discover it and perfect it.

    Polyester, which is a polymer, can be found in plastic, such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles. And yes, you have probably seen photos of PET bottles littering the beach. They're not just unsightly, they're also terrible for the environment. Polymers may take thousands of years to decompose and break down, so why not recycle them?

    Some items from the Mono B GREEN activewear line use 100% post-consumer recycled polyester. Post-consumer because the polyester chips came from PET bottles and other recyclable polymer items.

    These 100% recycled polyester fibers are from a Chinese company called Jiaren. Jiaren is a joint venture between the Tokyo-based, Japanese company Teijin Ltd., and Jinggong Holding Group, a Shaoxing-based international enterprise in environment management. Teijin perfected the use of ECO-CIRCLE technology, which enables polymer to be recycled without losing its quality.

    The rest of the Mono B GREEN activewear use 100% pre-consumer-recycled nylon. During production, tons of nylon fabrics become scraps. The recycling industry collects these scraps and turns them into nylon chips, that they later spin into nylon threads ready to be woven into activewear.

    The 100% recycled nylon fibers come from GREENLON nylon yarns. The production of these yarns saves energy up to 8.5%, water consumption up to 84%, whilst reducing CO2 emission up to 77% compared to virgin nylon fibers.

    By now, you've probably seen activewear with recyclable fabrics being sold for hundreds of dollars. Well, not ours. At Mono B, we believe that an active life is crucial - this is exactly why we're in the activewear business. That's why the Mono B GREEN activewear items are within our price range, leaving it possible for you to make more margins.

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  5. The Holiday 2019 Lookbook is Here!

    The Holiday season is upon us, and it's time to start planning what your window display (both IRL and virtual) is going to look like.

    The new Holiday 2019 Mono B editorial book has just been released, and you'll be getting the free copy with your goodies. You can also see the digital version by clicking here.

    Aside from several parts of the world, most of the US is bracing for cold days to come. That's why our "Layer Up" section contains so many items, starting from cotton-based sweaters to active windbreakers. Black and charcoal-grey are staples, but you'll also find almond (a very muted dusty pink) in our selection. This color is so gorgeous and demure - we recommend pairing them with neutral or earth-toned activewear for an urban athleisure vibe.

    Outerwear: KT11221-Almond. Bottoms: AP1912-Charcoal-Grey.


    Outerwear: AJ2388-2-Tone-Charcoal. Bottoms: APH6179.


    The "Shimmer Sisters" section showcases (ooh, quadruple allusion there!) metallic activewear. Whether crafted using foil-print four-way stretch fabric or metallic thread, the holiday season is the perfect time for a bold, non-floral fashion statement. And we don't need to remind you that Halloween is just around the corner. Your customer (and you) may benefit from a DIY costume idea.

    Top: AT2603. Bottoms: APH2612.


    Top: AT2550. Bottoms: APH2549.


    The Holiday 2019 trending colors are highlighted in the "Hue's Hue" section, and this year (as you may have noticed), we are big on food. There's almond, acorn, mocha, walnut, and coffee, and these delicious colors translate so well on clothing. Now you can wear what you eat (just not literally - we hope).

    Top: AT2494-Acorn. Bottoms: APH2492-Acorn.


    There's going to be a dedicated blog post for the next section: "Savoie Flare," but this features our comfy and chic flare leggings. Flare bottoms add curves whilst elongating your legs, making these leggings a double winner.

    Top: AT2638. Bottoms: APH2664.


    Top: AT2620. Bottoms: APH2665.


    And finally, "Something for the Guys." It's hard to imagine Mono B MEN is now in its second season (it's hard to imagine Mono B is ten years old!). The Mono B MEN collection offers more urban/street items, as well as performance-based pieces such as the 2-in-1 Active Shorts with Fitted Leggings Combo (MB527-Black).

    Outerwear: MT543-Navy. Bottoms: MB521-Black.


    Top: MT566-Black. Bottoms: MB550.


    Top: MT502-Black. Bottoms: MB527.


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  6. The Crop Top Craze

    Summer is approaching, which means we'll need clothes that are breathable and or offer easy access to breeze.

    Apart from strategically placed straps and cutouts, another form of perfect summer tops is the crop top. But how did this trend first come into being?

    In lots of Asian and African countries, where the climate is relatively and consistently hot through the year, crop tops are a life-saver. The Indian choli, for example, has been worn for thousands of years. The choli is worn with a lower garment and a veil. 

    Meanwhile, in European countries and the US, both women and men (well, mostly women) literally had to suffocate from wearing high-neck dresses and corsets. And the religion-based puritanism didn't help at all. Even the bathing suits covered most parts of the body as seen in the illustration taken from Danish magazine Femina in 1898. The previous photo showing two Indian women were taken circa 1872. 

    In the 1940s, due to fabric rationing in World War II, many designers and fashion houses creatively worked their way around this by cutting the length of the top, and more glamorous celebrities like Ginger Rogers and Marilyn Monroe popularized this look. Yet it wasn't until the sexual revolution in the 1960s that crop top really became popular. In 1945, a young women wore a "halter and shorts with nude midriff" in Central Park and was fined $2 (otherwise she'd have to spend 2 days in jail). But things weren't that strict in warm and sunny California, where the crop top became almost a natural item to be worn.

    Then of course, Flashdance happened. Steamy, sexy, Flashdance. It became the epitome of the early 80s and people were inspired to get those toned abs by joining aerobics classes. The trend carried through to the new millennia thanks to performers like Madonna and Britney Spears who rock the crop-top look. The crop top became a staple of iconic movies and TV series like Clueless, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, and Mean Girls.

    As a sidenote, men have also enjoyed donning the crop top since the 1970s, and this started by the world's arguably manliest sport: the American Football. At first, it was unintentional. The bottom part of the jerseys worn by the players would get ripped when oppponents tried to tackle them. But then by the mid 80s, almost every player started baring their midriffs by either cutting their jersey or tying them in the back. Nowadays, both musicians and athletes are making crop-tops for men a must-have.

    Now that the crop trop trend is back again, the most important question is, who looks good wearing it?

    And the answer is: everybody with confidence, and that should also mean you.

    When worn correctly, crop tops can both elongate or shorten the torso and help create the hourglass shape that both women and men covet. Here's a few loose guidelines:

    Tall people, if for whatever reason you feel like your torso is too long, then opt for a crop top that doesn't show too much skin, or balance it with highwaist bottoms.

    Short people, elongate your torso by donning a fitted top, as a loose top will just drown you.

    Curvy and or boxy people, wear a somewhat loose crop top that doesn't cling too much to the body and pair it with pants or skirt that flare out at the waist to get that hourglass shape.

    If you feel daunted by the prospect of showing your navel, then opt to wear Mono B's highwaist leggings as they both cover the navel and provide tummy control.

    Other than that, go have fun. You can work on that beach body all you want, but if you don't work on your confidence, then there's really no point.

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  7. Just What Is Seamless Clothing?

    Seam-free and stitch-free, seamless clothing has been around for quite a long time, but it's becoming a rising trend, and for good reason.

    The first clothing item that used the seamless technology is the pantyhose. And you can see the (incredibly satisfying) process in this video below.

    Now you may be surprised to see that even for a clothing piece that advertises the term "seamless," it isn't really seamless. Rather, it uses very minimal cutting and sewing. Part of it is for reinforcement. Another reason is because the visible seamlines are actually the skeleton for the woven fibers (since they're woven in cylindrical/tube pattern).

    So, why do people go absolutely bonkers over seamless activewear and swear by it?

    No Chafing
    Since seamless activewear minimizes seams and cut-and-stitch, there is minimum seamlines and this causes less friction on the skin as you move in your activewear.

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    It Hugs All Your Curves
    Another benefit of minimal seamlines is that you won't have to worry about bumps and folds. When a regular clothing is cut and stitched, the seamlines appear tighter than the fabric panel because eventhough the manufacturer uses zig-zag stitching for the four-way stretch fabric, the thread is not elastic. This can sometimes result in unwanted folds that aren't too flattering.

    So Lightweight
    Seams add weight. That's a fact. Less seams means less weight. That's why when you put on your seamless leggings, they feel so light and so comfortable.

    Longer Lifespan
    This advantage factors in all the previous points. Since it's 99% constructed by being woven into a clothing piece and not cut-and-stitched, the piece moves with you. There are no panels sewn together by non-elastic fabric that rip when they're stretched and pulled away from one another.

    More Creative Designs
    There are a myriad of variations for regular cut-and-stitch clothing, and the creativity is shown through prints and the exciting ways a designer can make paneling patterns (with colorblock technique or using mesh and straps or same-colored fabrics with strategic seam placements) to flatter the wearer's body. With seamless technology, a pair of leggings can be woven already with its own patterns, complete with perforated areas, mesh-like areas. This is because seamless garment knitting machines allow different knits to be put together side by side. Whether it's rib, jacquard, jersey, or mesh knit. All with minimum stitching.

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    For manufacturers, the key benefits for creating seamless clothes are how much time is saved to create a garment. When producing regular cut-and-stitch item, many aspects (such as pattern-making, cutting, adjusting, and sewing) add to the overall production time, and time is money. A seamless clothing, on the other hand, can be assembled in minutes (although using a fairly expensive machine). The saving of the cost can hence be passed on to the wearer.

    Mono B is coming up with more exciting seamless activewear, athleisure wear, and loungewear, from tops to leggings that you can workout in. Check out our curated Seamless collection.

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  8. Why You Shouldn’t Wear White before Memorial Day

    You may have heard the idea that we shouldn't wear white after Labor Day and before Memorial Day. We've scoured the Internet and here are the reasons not to wear white before Memorial Day:

    1. Nothing.
    2. Nada.
    3. Zilch.

    In all fairness, some people did (and do) not wear white between September and May. And in all fairness, there are some practical as well as totally classicist reasons that may or may not have been true.

    Memorial Day is generally accepted as the beginning of summer, whilst Labor Day marks its end. (Shop Mono B's #MemorialDay curated collection).

    Valerie Steele, the fashion historian, curator, and director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology comments that "There used to be a much clearer sense of re-entry [between the changing seasons]. You're back in the city, back at school, back doing whatever you're doing in the fall - and so you have a new wardrobe."

    But exactly how this fashion rule appeared is murky.

    Seasons Change

    One explanation is the seasons. White (and its ilk such as ivory or ecru and other pastel colors) reflects light and heat. This is why in summer, when the sun is super bright, wearing white is such a life-saver. This was especially true before AC was invented.

    "Not only was there no air conditioning, but people did not go around in T shirts and halter tops," Judith Martin, also known as the etiquette columnist Miss Manners, tells Time. "They were what we would now consider fairly formal clothes." Meaning, people walked around in blazers and shirts and skirts or pants. Wearing white was not only accepted - it was a way to survive.

    When summer ends and rain starts and the streets become muddy, people opt for darker colors because dirty doesn't show that prominently on dark-colored clothes. What's more, dark colors absorb light and heat, a win-win solution to both keeping warm and not dirty-looking.

    Clash of the Classes

    Another supposed reason that gave birth to the no-white-rule is elitism. Panama hats and light-colored linens give out leisure vibes, and leisure is a luxury that a lot of the working class (those not in the upper class) can't afford. "If you look at any photography of any city in America in the 1930s, you'll see people in dark clothes," says Charlie Scheips, author of American Fashion. These are the working class, hurrying off to their jobs.

    In the 1950s, as the working class earned more money and the nouveaux riches tried to elbow their way into the upper-class society, the old elite imposed certain rules to keep these newly minted rich people away. And yet, the nouveaux-riches crowd wanted to fit in, and so they played the games of the table manners and no-whites-in-certain-months.

    But again, many of the fashion rules are meant to be broken, and we've seen a lot of bloggers telling people to not wear leggings with certain shoes or jackets or shirts. And nowadays, although white and bright clothes are a tad more difficult to maintain and wash than their darker counterparts, there is almost no reason to not wear white all year round.

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  9. How the Word "Athleisure" Came into Being

    The activewear industry has been coming out as the winner from year to year. According to a study called Future of Apparel released by NPD Group in mid 2018 called Future of Apparel, activewear is reponsible for 24% of total apparel industry sales. There is also significant rise in the global activewear market, with a study by Report Buyer concluding that activewear's compound annual growth rate is expected to be 6.8% and total sales reaching USD 567 billion by 2024.

    Some have argued that activewear is just a fad, and that denim is experiencing a resurgence, but so far, the activewear market has yet shown no sign of slowing down.

    So how does athleisure come into play?

    "Athleisure" is a portmanteau that combines "athletic" and "leisure" and it means exactly that: apparel that can be worn to gym, dance class, HIIT session, or yoga whilst being functional (and fashionable) enough to wear as casual clothes. To our knowledge, the earliest record of this term being used for the first time was in the March 1979 issue of the now-defunct Nation's Business magazine. The magazine ran a cover story on the sports industry called "The Games People Play - and Pay to Watch" by Tony Velocci.

    The whole athleisure (a new term that has popped up) market is in a state of tremendous growth," says John Gehbauer, the (Sporting Goods Manufacturers Associations') director of advertising and promotion.

    Four decades later and the activewear and athleisure markets are still going strong, with haute couture houses releasing their own polyester-spandex or nylon-spandex blend designs, whether on their own (such as Versace), or as a collaboration (Adidas by Stella McCartney). Celebrities, such as Kate Hudson, Beyoncé, and Kanye West, also recognize the potential the activewear market has.

    Unlike stiff and restrictive denim, activewear (and athleisure wear by proxy) is comfortable and multifunctional. Countless of articles have been written on how to pair leggings with high heels and knee-high boots to make them work-ready. Backed by the booming of fitness industry, activewear and athleisure wear are gaining market and momentum. After all, who wants to squeeze into a pair of denim jeans after a sweaty workout? (Check out Mono B's Athleisure Tops category for a selection of coverups.)

    Some have even argued that activewear and athleisure wear are the clothing of the future, at least in our science-fiction culture. Spandex blend has been the go-to fabric since superheroes started being depicted on film. Gersha Phillips, the costume designer of Star Trek: Discovery notes that she uses spandex depending on how she wants to shape the costume.

    On a side note, Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, was so convinced that spandex was the true fabric of the future, that he insisted all of the costumes were made in spandex. This became a challenge because spandex retains odor, and if you're wearing the incorrect size, it can look so unflattering and cut circulations (if it's too small). So always remember to wash your spandex-blend items and wear the correct size.

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  10. Plus-Size Activewear Business Is on the Rise

    The demand for plus-size activewear (and athleisure apparel) varies from state to state, but it exists. After all, according to the latest Plunkett Research, 68% of American women wear size 14 or above. And if that's not enough to incentivize business to start growing their women's plus-size activewear collection, the 2016 sales of US womens plus-size apparel market is USD 20.4 billion (against USD 643 billion of global womenswear market sales).

    Mono B Clothing completely understands this demand. That's why we came up with a wide range of active leggings and athleisure tops and bottoms for local and independent business that cater to plus-sized women.

    But enough about money.

    What Mono B truly wants is for everyone to have a healthy life and lifestyle, and truth be told, body size can matter when it comes to health. Extreme body fat percentage can have serious health complications, whether it's underweight or overweight, and this also depends on a lot of factors, including your age, location, and stress level. Whatever your fitness level or fitness goal is, we have to start somewhere, and most of the times, plus-size active items are either too shoddy, too garish, or too expensive.

    Mono B fills in the gaps in the affordable (and trendy) plus-sized activewear market with products that range from XL to 2XL (or 1XL to 3XL for athleisure apparel).

    The plus-size activewear range comes in both Mono B core line (perfect for up to medium-high impact activities such as spin classes) and Mono B RED line (for more low impact activities such as walking). With many options to choose, from subtle and solid colors to poppy and trendy prints, plus-sized Mono B leggings are crafted using four-way stretch fabrics to ensure comfort and durability for your customers to move and exercise in.

    As an independent or local business owner, you can do more by pushing your community to move more, all in a stylish and chic ensemble.

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