The Worst Thing to Wear for Sweat Stains, According to Science
Margaritas, long bike rides—there are plenty of reasons to look forward to summer. But warm weather can make us a little nervous because it means that it's peak time for unsightly sweat stains. Our favorite white tees run the risk of turning yellow, which is not exactly a reason we'd want anyone to notice our outfit.
But armed with the knowledge as to why summer seems to ruin all our favorite tops, a few easy switches can help you survive the season sweat stain–free. We know it's not the most glamorous inspiration for a little seasonal shopping, but hey, none of us are immune to the possibly embarrassing issue. Below, we're diving a bit into the science of sweat, and then shopping out our favorite tops and dresses that will make those stains a non-issue. Now, you'll be able to survive the next three months cool, calm, and collected.
Read on to learn how to battle sweat stains this summer—and shop some of our favorite summer picks.
What to Avoid
You may know this already from experience, but according to the makers of sweatproof T-shirts, the tops most prone to staining are your basic white cotton styles. Since cotton is a cellulose fiber but also contains protein, it can become yellowed when it interacts with antiperspirant. Unfortunately, plain white styles make any staining more obvious.
What to Shop For
Short of swapping to a non-antiperspirant deodorant, avoid pesky stains by opting for clothing that is breathable and hides discolorations. Bold colors and prints are strong choices, and any lace, sheer, or open-sleeved tops will help keep you cool.
Shop Our Picks Below
Acne Studios Debrah Dress ($580)
Loose sleeves will help fight any sweat in this silky dress.
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