It’s extra hot and steamy out there, kids.
Summer is all good, rosé-filled, and fine until you’re sitting at a shade-less sidewalk cafe in a light grey dress that’s slowly starting to darken in sweaty little islands. And since we can’t control El Niño’s path and absolutely refuse to confine ourselves to the AC’d indoors, we’re opting to change the one controllable variable we have: our clothes. We’re here to save you from the unfortunate consequences of wearing polyester and the colors most vulnerable to sweat stains—we’ve rallied the breeziest and most perspiration-proof pieces we could find.
...if you can’t prevent it, hide the eff out of it with sneaky patterns and prints. If you go cross-eyed from staring at it too long, you’ve found the perfect one. Ruffles are good too—big and frilly!
Less is so much more
Not to state the obvious but…you can’t have armpit sweat stains if you have no sleeves! The less fabric, the better. Try a slinky strap (or none at all!) and embrace some tasteful side-boob. Or go sheer—just thank the ‘90s resurgence of this season’s it-pieces because they are so in our favor.
No Synthetics. Ever.
There are a few things to note here: rayon, polyester, spandex, acrylics, and satin are the fabrics you should stay the hell away from. Unless you want to leave puddles in your wake. And let’s be real, nobody wants that. Instead go for airy, natural fibers that let your body breathe, like cotton, linen, and hemp. Lace and chiffon are great for ventilation too.
Grey (for the love of god, don’t do grey!)
Vibrant colors (save for embellishments and patterns. Tip: test with a splash of water to see what color it turns.)