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Washing Guide for Tommy Hilfiger Activewear

May 11, 2022

Tommy Hilfiger is a fashion brand that manufactures a variety of clothing for men, women, and children. They also sell other items such as footwear, cosmetics, fragrances, accessories, and home furnishings. However, they’re the best known for their clothes.

More About Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger was founded in 1985. However, it wasn’t until 1992, that the corporation went public. For the first few years, they only sold men’s clothing. By the mid to late 90s, however, they had expanded to include women’s apparel. Their first retail store opened in Beverly Hills in 1996.

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Fast forward to 2024 and there are seven flagship stores in New York, Paris, London, Tokyo, Los Angeles, and Dusseldorf. In addition to those locations, they also have shops in many other cities around the world.

What Kind of Activewear Do They Sell?

While Tommy Hilfiger doesn’t specialize in activewear, they do offer a wide range of workout clothes. For example, they sell leggings, sports bras, swimwear, base layers, windbreakers jackets, sweatshirts, and bodysuits, most of which are made with moisture-wicking technology.

As far as prices go, they’re really not that bad at all. For example, you can get one of their light support sports bras for about $40. Some items, suck as their hoodies, might be more expensive, but even then, they rarely go up to $100. On top of that, they do have regular sales where the prices are slashed significantly. In fact, they’re currently having a 30% back to school event, at the time of this writing.

Caring For Your Tommy Hilfiger Activewear

It’s important that you don’t get lazy when it comes to washing their activewear. Assuming that you’re actually wearing them for workout purposes, they’ll probably be soiled with sweat. Given that, it would definitely be in your best interest to wash the item as soon as possible. The longer you leave it, the smellier and dirtier it will be.

The bottom line is, if you want your clothes to last, you need to take care of them. Don’t neglect them in the hamper or in a corner of a room. Take the time to wash them as soon as possible. Trust me, you’ll thank yourself for it later.

Just remember not to “wing” the washing—there’s an actual way to do it. And that’s what we’ll be going over later on!

Fabrics Used by Tommy Hilfiger

Most of their activewear collection is made of synthetic aka manmade materials. Here are some of the ones that you might come across in their clothes.

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Polyester is a synthetic fabric that’s often used for clothes such as activewear. Compared to cotton and other natural materials, it’s much stronger and durable. That’s not too surprising, though, given that it’s made from plastic polymers. Complete with moisture-wicking properties, it will keep you dry and cool during your workout.

Tommy Hilfiger uses polyester in their leggings, shorts, short-sleeved tops, sweatpants, and more.


Elastane is also known as spandex. As with polyester, it’s also synthetic—that is, it doesn’t occur naturally. However, its properties are quite different. For one thing, it’s much stretchier. If anything, that’s what the fiber is known for. Used for clothing, it will provide the garment with considerable stretch.

Tommy Hilfiger uses elastane in their leggings, sports bras, swimwear, tank tops, and more.


Nylon is a thermoplastic material. In other words, it’s also synthetic. As with polyester, it’s one of the most common fabrics used for activewear. This has to do with its incredible strength and elasticity. Water-resistant, it can also be used for swimsuits and other swimwear.

Tommy Hilfiger uses nylon in their track pants, swimsuits, etc.


Acrylic is another type of synthetic fabric that’s made from polymers. Strong and warm, it’s often used for clothes such as tracksuits and sweaters. In fact, it’s often considered a replacement for natural wool. The only thing is that it’s not able to wick away moisture so it might not be the best thing to wear in hot weather.

Tommy Hilfiger uses acrylic in their windbreakers jackets

The Best and Easiest Ways to Wash Tommy Hilfiger Leggings

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Option 1: Put Your Tommy Hilfiger Leggings in the Washing Machine

The first step is to check the pockets—make sure that you haven’t left anything inside. From there, turn the leggings inside out. We highly recommend that you protect them with a laundry bag; it will prevent the fabric from snagging or rubbing on other items during the cycle. That way, they won’t wear out nearly as fast.

Pro-tip: You can wash Tommy Hilfiger leggings with other clothes as long as you’ve separated your laundry items based on color.

Put the laundry bag in the washing machine; make sure that it’s properly sealed so that your leggings won’t fall back out. Next, add a scoop of ACTIVE detergent. Skip the fabric softener as it’ll interfere with the fabric’s ability to wick moisture. Detergent is all you need.

Before pressing the start button, make sure that you’re using the right settings. For their leggings, you always want to use cold water with a delicate cycle. It will be gentler on your fabric so that they’ll last longer. Let the washer run and finish before retrieving your leggings. Put them up on a rack or clothesline and give them time to air dry. Do not dry the leggings with the clothes dryer.

Option 2: Washing Your Tommy Hilfiger Leggings By Hand

Tommy Hilfiger leggings can also be washed by hand. In fact, it’s actually much gentler on the item. Start by preparing a bath for the item—that is, you want to fill a sink or basin with cool water. Add 1/2 a scoop of ACTIVE detergent. Combine the powder with the water by agitating the solution with your hand. It’s important that you don’t overdo the detergent, otherwise, you’ll make the rinsing step harder for yourself later.

Place the leggings in the sink or basin once the solution is bubbly. Gently press the fabric down so that it’s fully submerged in the water and let it soak for around 20 minutes. If you don’t, the detergent won’t be able to penetrate into the material nearly as well.

Drain the dirty water after 20 minutes have passed. Refill the container with clean water and use it to rinse the detergent out of your leggings. Chances are, you will have to press out some of the soap suds with your hands. Continue to rinse the leggings with water until there’s no longer a soap film on the fabric.

Transfer the leggings onto a clean towel; you can use it to blot off some of the excess water. The final step then is to let it air dry. Like we said earlier, do not use the dryer.

Washing Tommy Hilfiger Sports Bras

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Option 1: Putting Your Tommy Hilfiger Sports Bra in the Washer

Sports bras are more delicate than your average piece of clothing so it’s important that you protect them by using a lingerie bag; it will protect the item against friction during the wash.

Make sure that the bag is closed and add it to the washing machine. You can wash the bras with other garments as long as you’re selective about what you’re adding. For example, it wouldn’t be a good idea to wash your bra together with a denim jacket.

For soap, we recommend adding one scoop of ACTIVE detergent. Skip the conditioners as it’ll only coat your bra with a waxy layer that’ll prevent it from pulling moisture away from the skin. You can also add a cup of white vinegar if there’s a persistent odor.

Run a wash cycle with cold water on delicate. Once the wash is finished, you can take the bra out and let it air dry. If possible, avoid hanging them by their straps. Do not put them in the dryer.

Option 2: Hand Washing Your Tommy Hilfiger Sports Bra

Tommy Hilfiger sports bras can also be washed by hand. In fact, we highly encourage it as it’s much gentler on the item. First things first, you want to prepare a bath—you can do this in a sink or in a washbasin. Simply fill it with tepid water and add half a scoop of ACTIVE detergent. Instead of letting it dissolve on its own, it helps to agitate the water with your hand.

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Wait until you see soap suds before placing your sports bra in the water. You can rub the material gently with your hand to loosen any oils or debris. Afterward, leave it to soak in the solution for 15-20 minutes; the garment should be fully submerged.

Rinse off all the ACTIVE detergent after soaking. You can do this by getting rid of the dirty water and refilling the sink or tub with new water; it also helps to put the bra under running water. Continue to rinse with water until there’s no more detergent on the item (you shouldn’t see any more soap suds).

Blot up the excess water with a clean towel; you can also press the fabric gently to release some of the water. From there, hang it up and allow it to air dry.

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Sophia Grant

Sophia Grant brings her extensive knowledge of laundry and clothing care to the masses with her intensive cleaning guides. Her thorough understanding of fabrics, detergents, and washing techniques helps readers master the art of maintaining their wardrobe. Sophia's advice ensures that anyone can achieve professional-level results at home, keeping their garments looking pristine and lasting longer.

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