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
100% linen means this top will be light and breezy.
You'll want to wear this bold dress all summer long.
This sweet top is the perfect date-night choice.
You'll survive any weather with this chic top.
No sleeves, no problem.
A dark hue and busy print keep this dress looking oh-so-fresh.
Your weekend wardrobe needs this off-the-shoulder top.
We're head over heels for this floaty-sleeved top.
This flowy floral dress is a dream for Sunday brunch.
Breathe easy, this floral dress is an easy summer choice.
Keep structured tops light when the temperatures rise.
A dark hue may be warmer when you're in the sun, but it helps to hide any perspiration.
Lace is an easy choice when it comes to summer stye.
You'll want to celebrate something special in this festive top.
Keep things casual with this bold dress.
A simple tank dress will never steer you wrong.
This breathable top is sure to keep you cool.
Loose sleeves will help fight any sweat in this silky dress.
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