Lolë is a clothing brand that’s known for their athletic apparel. With that said, they also sell a wide range of women’s accessories such as bags, hats, gloves, scarves, yoga mats, and water bottles. They’ve even started to sell washable face masks!
More About Lolë
Lolë was founded by Bernard Mariette in 2002. Based in Montreal, Quebec, the company initially only sold women’s athletic apparel. It wasn’t until 2018 that they expanded their collection to include men’s clothing.
Relatively successful, they had 50 stores in seven different countries. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, however, it was announced that they’d filed for bankruptcy protection in May 2020. While their corporate stores have since closed, franchised locations continue to operate as normal. The same thing goes for their online store.
What Kind of Activewear Do They Sell?
The company sells a wide range of athletic apparel including tanks, sports bras, leggings, sweatpants, joggers, rain jackets, and swimsuits. They also have products that are geared toward specific activities such as yoga, tennis, golf, and pilates.
How much can you expect to spend on their products? It depends. For example, a pair of Lolë leggings can run you anywhere between $40 to $100. Some items, such as their jackets, also cost a bit more. If you time it right, though, it is possible to snag things for cheap during their sales. In fact, there’s always a sale section on their website. Shipping and returns are also free. From time to time, they also offer promotional codes for students, though they seem to be out of them at this time.
Taking Care of Lolë Clothing
Lolë athletic wear isn’t flimsy by any means. After all, it’s made for sports. Still, it’s important that you wash and care for them properly—if you want them to last, anyway.
For one thing, you should always wash their garments after each wear. This goes for their leggings, tees, sports bras, swimwear, you name it. That way, you won’t have to worry about bacteria and possibly mold growth. Plus, it’ll get stinky! If anything, that’s solid evidence that it’s in dire need of a wash. You don’t want to let the item marinate in the gunk as that can actually ruin the fabric over time.
Be careful how you wash the activewear, though, because it does matter. Need some guidance? That’s why we’re here! If you scroll down, you’ll find the how-to wash instructions in detail.
Fabrics Used By Lolë
It’s important to familiarize yourself with the fabrics that you’re wearing. Why? Different fabrics have different needs when it comes to being washed. Let’s take a look at some of the ones used by Lolë.
Polyester is different from cotton in that it’s man-made. More specifically, it’s made from polymers. One great thing about the fabric is that it’s extremely strong. That is, it’s resistant to wrinkles, abrasion, chemicals, and shrinking. Hydrophobic in nature, it’s also quick-drying.
Lolë uses polyester for their leggings, tanks, short sleeves, dresses, and more.
Elastane is a synthetic fabric that’s known for its stretchability. Stronger than rubber, it can be stretched up to seven times its length without breaking. As soon as you let go, it’ll recover to its original length. Comfortable to wear, it’s often used for athletic wear such as sports bras and leggings—items that require a bit of stretch.
Lolë uses elastane for their leggings, sports bras, skirts, shorts, etc.
Viscose is a type of rayon that’s derived from wood pulp. Spun into yarn, it’s soft, lightweight, and lustrous. Semi-synthetic, it has a nice drape and blends well with other fibers such as polyester, elastane, and cotton. On top of all that, it’s extremely cost-effective.
Nylon fabric is often compared to polyester as both are made from synthetic polymers. Strong and elastic, it’s a popular choice for athletic wear. It’s also smooth, soft, and easy to wash. Plus, it’s extremely lightweight. If anything, that’s why it’s such a popular choice for activewear.
How to Wash Lolë Leggings and Shorts
1. Is it Safe to Throw Lolë Leggings and Shorts in the Washer?
Yes, both their leggings and shorts are machine washable. First things first, empty out all the pockets. The last thing that you want is to accidentally wash something that shouldn’t be washed! The second step involves turning the garment inside-out. That way, the outside fabric won’t be exposed to the agitation of the washer. In other words, they won’t wear out nearly as fast.
Put the leggings/shorts in a laundry bag—the ones made out of mesh material. It’ll allow the item to be washed while protecting them from your other laundry. Seal the bag and put them in the washing machine. Do the same for the rest of your clothes.
Next, add the soap—one scoop of Active detergent will suffice (unless you’re washing many items, in which case you might need a bit more). Do not use other products such as bleach or fabric softeners.
Set the washing machine to “delicate” and run your wash cycle. Make sure to only use cold water; you don’t want to expose the leggings and shorts to high temperatures. Wait for the cycle to finish before removing the items. Hang them up using a hanger and let them air dry. Do not tumble dry—it will ruin the fabric.
2. Washing Lolë Leggings and Shorts By Hand
Hand washing is always recommended as it’s gentler than the washing machine. As always, the first step is to empty the pockets. Next, turn the leggings/shorts inside out. Once you’ve done that, you can prep the sink. Fill it with fresh water, approximately 3/4 full. Add half a scoop of Active detergent powder and wait for it to dissolve—you should end up with a bubbly solution. If necessary, you can speed things up by swirling the water with your hand.
Submerge your Lolë leggings/shorts so that the item is completely under water. Gently knead the fabric to help work in the detergent. Afterward, let it sit and soak in the sink for approximately 15 to 25 minutes.
Remove the soapy water from the sink and refill it with clean water from the tap. Swish the leggings/shorts though it to rinse off the detergent. You may have to squeeze the fabric to remove the portion that’s been absorbed. In any case, continue to rinse until the item is no longer soapy.
Remove the excess water using a clean towel. From there, you can dry the item by hanging it up. Do not dry using the dryer.
Washing Lolë Sports Bras the Right Way
1. Using the Washing Machine For Your Lolë Sports Bras
Most of their sports bras come with removable pads so go ahead and take them out before washing. Once you’ve done that, place the bra in a lingerie bag (it’s fine to put the pads in the same bag). This is super important as you don’t want the garment to snag on other items.
Put the lingerie bag in the washing machine, as well as the rest of your dirty clothes. Once everything is in, add the soap—one scoop of Active detergent will do. Skip the fabric softener; you won’t need it. Set the washer to run on “gentle” and start a cold wash cycle. Hot water is not a good idea as it can affect the sports bras’ elasticity.
Use a clothesline to air dry the sports bra. Avoid hanging it by the straps as that can cause it to stretch out. Also, do not toss them in the clothes dryer.
2. Hand Washing Your Lolë Sports Bras
With sports bras, you can hand wash them in a container or sink. Whichever you choose, you want to fill it with cold water. From there, add half a scoop of ACTIVE detergent. Place your bra in once the powder has been combined. Remember to take out the pads first if they’re removable—you can immerse them separately.
Knead the item with your hands to work in the soap. As for the pads, you can rub them with your fingers. Once all that has been done, leave them alone in the water for about 15 minutes so that they can soak.
Rinse the sports bra and pad with clean water afterward by draining and refilling the sink. It may take a couple of minutes to get rid of all the detergent. The last step is to let them air dry on a clothesline or drying rack. Do not put the item in the dryer.
Choosing the Best Laundry Detergent For Lolë Activewear
Activewear is different from regular clothes in that they’re made of synthetic fabrics. In other words, you want to wash them with something that’s made for synthetic fabrics—and ACTIVE detergent fits the criteria. A concentrated enzyme blend, it’s capable of removing all gunk from sweat to body oils, even if it’s embedded deep within the fabric. The best part is that it’s organic and all-natural. That’s right, the formula is completely plant-based. What does this mean? It means that it’s better for your skin and the environment!