What Are The Best Kids’ Fabrics To Buy?

With a growing number of kids wearing leotards, dancewear, and gymnastics outfits these days it is important to make sure your child’s clothes are the right fabrics for their activities.

A lot of parents know when they purchase sports gear like running shoes or football pads that they need certain materials which will give them the support they need (such as cotton) but with such an array of clothing available in stores today how do you know what material your child needs?

Clothing choices for kids are becoming more diverse with many different options available at all price points these days, but choosing fabrics for their activewear needs can be trickier than simply buying whatever you want. So, what are some of the best fabrics?

Let’s take a look:

The main types of fabric used in kids' clothing are -


picture of cotton fabric in blue and white check pattern

Cotton fabric is an extremely common and popular fabric used in many items of clothing because it can be worn in both casual and formal settings. It breathes easily and absorbs sweat making it suitable for sportswear and leotards.
If you need to buy any type of fabric clothing such as dancewear, children's fabrics (especially cotton) can be purchased at a cheap price from an online supplier like DARBARI TEXTILES


image of blue nylon fabric

Nylon is a material often associated with outdoor gear because it resists absorbing water or sweat. This means that it is also used in leotards because it remains comfortable for the wearer while remaining lightweight.
Nylon is sturdy and can withstand lots of wear and tear so is great for activewear. It may snag on sharp objects, however.


Natural white wool fabric

Wool has both natural moisture control properties and thermo-regulation which make it great for all seasons. The material absorbs perspiration then releases it into the air when your child warms up or cools down, making them more likely to stay dry even if their workout gets intense.
Wool tends to keep its shape better than other materials too so sweaters will always look nice on your little one.


image of linen fabric

Linen is a very popular choice for more casual children's clothes because it is lightweight yet durable. It absorbs sweat but also keeps it away from the skin so your child won’t get too sweaty during an intense workout. Linen can wrinkle easily so will need to be ironed often which may not suit all children’s preferences.

Linen can also shrink if washed incorrectly so check washing instructions before you buy!


image of grey Spandex fabric

Spandex is a synthetic fabric made of polyurethane that provides stretchy support to activewear garments like dancewear, leotards, and gymnastics outfits. The stretchiness means that it always returns to its original shape after being stretched or squashed, making it ideal for fitting into tight costumes or tights. Spandex is not breathable so may cause overheating in warmer weather.

Spandex is also lightweight meaning that it will never weigh down your kids while they’re playing sports or dancing.


Silk can be made into fabric for clothing but also lends itself perfectly to being used as lining material because it is soft against the skin and provides great insulation, keeping your child warm without making them too hot when they get sweaty. It does tend to snag easily though so only use silk on items that are covered by other clothes most of the time.

The color of a garment's lining usually reflects what color you should buy if you want the outside part (the "fashion" side) to show best. For example, black lining usually means you should buy a lighter color.


This is great for kids who are active outdoors because it is flexible yet sturdy enough to withstand lots of wear and tear.
Leather can be very expensive though so this tends to be used for items that get more wear such as boots, shoes or other outdoor gear. It also comes in other forms such as imitation leather which has similar properties at a much lower price point.


If you are looking for waterproof clothing then PVC may suit your needs well because it is resistant to water while still remaining lightweight and breathable.

Be aware however that while it does protect against rain or spills there have been reports of some children developing reactions to the chemicals in vinyl, which can cause rashes and other irritation.



Mesh has similar properties to spandex but is slightly more breathable meaning that it provides great airflow while still keeping your child warm when they need it.
It also tends to have a looser weave than spandex, making mesh garments perfect for wearing over leotards for dance events because the loose weave won’t rub against their skin while they move about on stage or at practice. Mesh clothing may need special care though as it may snag, tear or rip easily.


Acrylic is a synthetic fiber that is often used in children's clothes because it is lightweight yet warm. It provides great insulation and wicks moisture away from the skin so your child will be nice and dry even during their most intense workouts.
The downside to acrylic clothing is that it tends to pill over time which means tiny balls of fluff accumulate on the fabric making it look dirty or damaged, particularly around seams where pilling occurs more frequently.

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