Contrary to what you might think, moisture-wicking clothing doesn’t have to be relegated to the gym (although we love you, cute-but-functional leggings and workout tanks that hide our pit stains). In fact, it’s quite the opposite. You can find crisp white button-downs and breezy summer dresses, all made from technical materials that won’t leave you feeling like a sweat-drenched monster by noon. They might not be able to make you stop sweating all together, but these nine picks will keep you feeling fresh—and dry—through the rest of the summer months.
Multi-Way Wrap Top
The women behind ADAY created their brand with the goal of offering cool, versatile staples that women can literally just throw on and go. One of the important parts of that vision is making sure everything is made from quick-drying and thermo-regulating fabrics. (They’re UV-resistant, too!) You really can’t go wrong with anything from ADAY, but this wrap top that can be worn at least five different ways is sure to give you the most bang for your buck.
This sexy-but-casual midi dress is made from Nulu, a fabric specifically designed by Lululemon to feel light as air and super-soft—almost like you’re wearing nothing at all. Add to that a sun-washed color palette and sweat-wicking technology and you’ve got yourself a go-to weekend dress.
Made from 100 percent organically-grown cotton that offers quick-drying, sweat-wicking capabilities, this romper can take you anywhere, whether that’s happy hour with friends or a lazy Sunday in the park with the kids. Plus, it has UPF 25 sun protection for an extra boost of sun safety, and perhaps more importantly, it has pockets.
Although these were originally intended for easy traveling (they’re both wrinkle-resistant and machine-washable), the recycled polyester fabric is also super-breathable, allowing sweat to quickly evaporate off the surface, in addition to offering a whopping UPF 50+ sun protection. So, yeah, basically we plan to get a pair in every color, ASAP.
Unfortunately, a sweaty lifestyle is not just relegated to the weekends, meaning work-apropos sweat-proof clothing is a must. Enter this cute Eddie Bauer dress made from FreeDry moisture-wicking material that won’t leave you looking like a puddle after your morning commute. Plus, it pairs easily with a sleek blazer when that dreaded office AC kicks into overdrive.
Classic White Tee
A plain white T-shirt is the cornerstone of many women’s wardrobes, but this isn’t your average crewneck. Uniqlo’s AIRism technology doesn’t just wick away moisture; it also works to help keep you cooler in the first place. Add to that a slim-fit seamless design by Alexander Wang and a $20 price tag and you’ve got yourself a shirt you’ll be buying in multiples.
Feel the breeze on your legs without any of that annoying thigh chafe with this chic, breathable jumpsuit. Adjustable ties at the neckline and waist help you customize the fit to complement your curves, while New Balance’s NB Dry technology works to keep you cool (even while you’re rocking an all-black ensemble in 80-degree weather).
SoMo London promises you a wrinkle-free, fresh-all-day, sweat-proof existence. Sounds like a miracle, right? Well, wait until you set eyes on its lineup of cool button-down shirts and shirtdresses you can wear day in and day out without any dreaded pit stains.
Nagnata's sexy minidress isn’t just form-flattering (thanks to that mod-inspired color-blocking); it’s also woven out of performance knit that absorbs moisture and toxins from your body without holding on to any unwanted odors. Because sweating in a crowded bar or on the dance floor with friends doesn’t really need to happen.