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'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. Well, knowledge is power: Understanding the worst clothes for sweat stains can help you out big time.
When you're 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.
According to the International Hyperhidrosis Society and Ruma Organics, yellow armpit stains are nothing more than a chemical reaction caused by your antiperspirant. Aluminum-based compounds used to stop sweat can react and ultimately leave those yellow sweat spots on your clothes.
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-sleeve tops will help keep you cool.
Shop Our Picks
One hundred percent linen means this top will be light and breezy.
Available in sizes 0 to 3.
You'll want to wear this bold dress all summer long.
Available in sizes XS to XL.
This sweet top is the perfect date-night choice.
Available in sizes 0 to 14.
You'll survive any weather with this chic top.
Available in size M.
No sleeves? No problem.
Available in sizes 0 to 10.
A dark hue and busy print keep this dress looking oh so fresh.
Available in sizes XS to XL.
Your weekend wardrobe needs this off-the-shoulder top.
Available in sizes X to 4X.
We're head over heels for this puff-sleeve top.
Available in sizes XS to L.
This floral dress is a dream for Sunday brunch.
Available in sizes 10 to 18.
Breathe easy—this floral dress is an easy summer choice.
Available in Danish sizes 34 to 42.
Keep structured tops light when the temperatures rise.
Available in size O/S.
A dark hue may be warmer when you're in the sun, but it helps to hide any perspiration.
Available in sizes S to M.
Lace is an easy choice when it comes to summer style.
Available in sizes 14 to 24.
You'll want to celebrate something special in this festive top.
Available in UK sizes 10 to 12.
Keep things casual with this bold dress.
Available in sizes 00 to 0.
A simple tank dress will never steer you wrong.
Available in sizes 12 to 24.
This breathable top is sure to keep you cool.
Available in sizes XXS to L.
Loose sleeves will help fight any sweat in this airy dress.
Available in sizes 34 to 42.
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This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated by Aemilia Madden.