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Spandex

What does Spandex mean?

Derived from “segmented polyurethane”, it is broad term for man-made fibres and none for its ability to stretch well.

Style Terms explains Spandex

Spandex is a synthetic fiber that was developed by Joseph C. Shivers in 1959 for . It was created as a replacement for rubber in women’s undergarments.

An anagram for “expands”, spandex is lightweight and extremely elastic, possessing the unique ability to stretch up to 600% and then return to its original shape. It is often used for swimwear and sportswear.

Spandex is also used in some to improve their stretchiness, such as Cheap Monday.