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Wordans: Picking the right fabric for you

Picking the Right Fabric for You

By: Fashionista B

Ever wonder what the qualities of certain fabrics are? Why do some stain and others just wide away? After some research, I found some great basic information about three popular winter fabrics: Cotton, Polyester and Fleece. Once you know the qualities of each fabric, you are prepared for the winter weather, and since Wordans carries a wide selection of clothing, it is good to know how to find exactly what you want.

Let’s start with one of the oldest and most popular fabrics, cotton.


Cotton is a highly versatile fabric that we see in both house textiles and clothing. This plant is easily obtained and is easier to grow than other products because due to the lack of chemicals or products required. This fabric tends to be quite soft and only requires basic spinning to be made into a usable fabric. The fibers hold colour and prints extremely well, making it a highly versatile product. Now, there are two types of spinning techniques I want to talk about. The rough-spun and ring-spun.


To begin, rough-spun cotton is exactly as it sounds, cotton that has been spun until a fiber exists. There is generally a lot of space between the cotton fibers, which makes the material lighter and less comfortable against the skin, but can be used to create a wide-range of textiles that are soft and warm for a lower cost to customers. Cotton is a good fabric for sensitive skin, it is easy to shape and hangs well, but it tends to lose its shape and durability when wet. Rough-spun generally comes pre-shrunk and blended with polyester to give more durability.


Secondly, there is ring-spun cotton. This technique is when the cotton is continually spun until there is little or no gaps between the fibers. You end up with a more durable, heavier strand that is much softer. This process requires more work and tends to be more expensive but durable. Ring-spun is great for sweaters and shirts, as they are extremely soft and durable.

Now onto…


Polyester is a synthetic fiber, that is created through a chemical reaction between acid and alcohol. This fiber is extremely hydrophobic, which means it is highly water and stain resistant. The only downside is polyester does love oils, so be sure to avoid grease because these stains will not easily come out.

Polyester is highly durable, and resistant to mildew, stretching, shrinking, warping, and dries extremely quickly. This product lasts longest when washed and dried at low temperatures. This is great because it means shorter wash and dry cycles with cold water and heat, significantly reducing electricity and water bills. Polyester, because is does not absorb water, can feel stifling when the weather is hot.


Finally, onto fleece…


Fleece is actually made from polyester fibers and is the perfect insulator against extreme cold weather. It works best as an outer or mid-layer. Due to its polyester base, this fabric is hydrophobic, and does not absorb water. It dries extremely quickly and is very durable and breathable.

The downside to fleece is the same as polyester, it is extremely stain resistant except with oils. This fabric is also stifling when warm, so it is not ideal as a base layer in the winter. This plush material is magnificent for bedding, sweaters and fall coats.


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Wordans: Winter Fitness

Winter Fitness

By: Fashionista B

Alright, Ladies and Gents, it’s time to admit it….it’s winter. Tis the season to stop exercising, eat some tasty foods to build up your winter fat stores and cuddle under cosy knit sweaters.

WRONG! Don’t be like every other Canadian, like my friend Chippy here…

It is more important than ever to get outside and continue your workout habits. I know, everyone preaches how important winter fitness is to your physical health, however, I know of a few more reasons you may want to continue your routine (or start running in the first place ūüėČ )

Because seriously, we Canadians deal with mental health issues all winter long! This is because shorter days mean less sunlight. This causes a vitamin D deficiency in all Canadians, which means more anxiety, depression, and SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).

Winter Fitness is the best method to battle Canadian Winters. It is the only way to defeat all the rain, silt, sleet, snow, and ice that is thrown our way.

Now for MORE good news, exercising in cold weather:

  • Burns more calories
  • Increases your tolerance to cold weather
  • Exposes you to fresher air reducing winter colds
  • Increases your water intake
  • Increases your endurance¬†faster
  • Exposes you to more sunlight increasing your Vitamin D
  • Decreases your chances of SAD, anxiety and depression
  • Increases your cardio health (ie your heart)
  • And leaves you with a rockin’¬†body for the following Spring/Summer!


Ok, I want to exercise….. now what?

To start, find a good pair of running shoes and socks! With a nice running shoe and, more importantly, properly lined fleece socks, you are already halfway out the door.

Secondly, is the find the perfect workout layers. Let’s start with your shirt. You should actively look for a style of shirt called a Performance Shirt because these are made with materials that pull sweat away from the body and leave you warm. These shirts usually have a polyester base, like the¬†Gildan 42400 and 42400L.

Thirdly, you will want a fleece layer. If the day is not too cold, this layer can be an autumn style jacket with waterproof shell and fleece interior. Look for Performance wear, like the Ash City North Series, because they are waterproof, but also warm up to -12.

Lastly, if it is a colder day, grab a full warm jacket and wear a fleece sweater between your coat and performance shirt to ensure you are properly attired.

So, don’t let winter stop you! Incorporate fun activities into your fitness, like snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or winter ultimate frisbee!



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T-Shirt of the Day!

Happy Wednesday everyone! Today’s t-shirt of the day is super exotic… Just like the summer temperature right now! Have you been seeing some Pineapples all over this season? And by pineapple, I mean pineapple prints or shapes? They seem to be pretty much in fashion lately… From H&M, to J. Crew, to Saint Paul, to Fashion bloggers, and to…. Wordans!¬†Get your Pineapple print t-shirt NOW starting at only 16.95 $ !

GET 15% OFF! Apply ” TSHIRTOFTHEDAY2013 ¬†” coupon code at checkout!

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Summer Styles!

summeraccessory._photoCreate your own and unique summer style with Wordans! Be it t-shirts, tank tops, tote bags, or iPhone cases, make sure your summer is filled with colour and personality! Here’s a few of our favourites :

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