Problems Wearing Spandex for Boys

Updated November 21, 2016

In the modern day, boys' and girls' clothing has become nearly interchangeable. You see girls wearing cargo trousers, baggy sweatshirts and baseball caps and boys wearing skinny jeans or sequinned blazers. But even though boys and girls can wear anything they want, it doesn't mean that they should. Boys can wear spandex for sports or fashion, but there are drawbacks to the material.


If a boy is going to school, a party or even a track meet, spandex clothing might not be the best bet. Spandex is very revealing and could cause laughs or heckling from peers or an audience of onlookers.

May Cause Skin Infections

Because spandex is a manmade product made of at least 85 per cent polyurethane polymer, it does not breathe as well as natural fabrics such as cotton. If a boy is wearing spandex for sports, heat and moisture can become trapped beneath the fabric, which can lead to fungal skin infections.


Typical spandex is thin and stretchy and does not provide any padding for contact sports such as tackle football or lacrosse, so a boy may be more likely to incur an injury. For a greater expense than a pair of spandex leggings, though, padded polyester football trousers are available that protect the groin, thighs and knees.


On long-distance runs, wearing a Spandex shirt can cause nipple chafing and even bleeding in boys because their nipples rub right up against the material. This is why many long-distance runners prefer to go shirtless. Men who prefer to wear shirts combat chafing by wearing tape, band-aids or special nipple guards under their shirt.


Because boys sweat a lot, wearing spandex fabrics may cause them to smell of body odour because spandex is tight, synthetic and traps sweat. Natural fabrics breathe more, so body odour may be less when wearing cotton rather than spandex.

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