You Can Hide Your Sweat And Still Look Stylish Says This Celebrity Stylist
Mask Sweat And Look Your Best With These Brilliant Tips
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Sweat is a natural, healthy, positive thing your body does to keep itself calm, cool, and collected — just try telling that to yourself as sweat drenches through your best oxford shirt on your way to an important job interview in the heat. The simple fact of the matter is, you are going to sweat — it’s a given. But how can you dress to impress while secretly concealing all the worst sweat that late summer can throw at you?
For this advanced problem, we sought expert advice from Ashley Weston, an LA-based celebrity stylist who the New York Times called “the woman who dresses Hollywood’s leading men,” and the Hollywood Reporter listed as among Hollywood’s “most powerful red carpet tastemakers.”
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With clients ranging from Elon Musk to John Hamm and Nick Offerman (Weston styled Chadwick Boseman during his whirlwind press tour for “Black Panther” and Kevin Costner for an especially humid “Yellowstone” premier in LA), we figured Weston would have the best tips for dealing with sweat.
As it turns out, this is a common issue. “A lot of the men that I fit are constantly emailing me or leaving comments on YouTube asking, ‘How do I dress for hot weather?’” Weston told AskMen. “I tell them, ‘Well, you’re going to sweat. Even if you wear the most breathable fabrics, you’ll still sweat.’ But it’s also about keeping your body temperature regulated and being really comfortable during the hot months. There’s a way to balance it out and have it work for you.”
Rule Number One — Read Your Tags
The most important thing, Weston said, “One thousand percent,” is wearing the right fabric. “You have to pay attention to what fabrics you are choosing with your garments, because if you’re wearing a t-shirt that’s a polyester blend, it’s not going to breath whatsoever. It’s going to be a miserable experience.” Her advice? “Cotton, linen blends, silk blends, seersucker. All of those lighter-weight fabrics that are very breathable will provide a comfortable experience wherever you’re at.”
Stay Dry At The Base Level
The next step is to provide a barrier between your sweaty body and your outer clothes, and the best way to do that is by layering. But don’t pick some oversized boxer briefs and stuff them into your pants; it will be a fabric overload. Instead, consider athletic underwear. After all, if the technology keeps you dry in the gym, it’ll also work on an overheated subway platform on your way to the office. “Performance fabrics,” Weston advises, “are really important, and Exofficio makes awesome boxer briefs that are super breathable. It’s really important to make sure that you use fabrics that are a synthetic blend, moisture wicking, and antimicrobial as a base layer and then build your outfit out from there.”
Give-N-Go Sport Mesh Print 6-Inch Boxer Briefs
$34.00 at Exofficio.com
AIRKNITx Boxer Briefs
$28.00 at Mackweldon.com
Above The Waist, Don’t Forget About Fit
Even in the warmer months, Weston says your clothes should still, for the most part, “have a relatively trim fit to them,” with “some breathability room in the torso.”
For your shirts, linen is one of the best casual fabrics for hotter months, because it doesn’t really change that much in appearance when in contact with water, meaning that it’s not going to get darker when you sweat. Your armpits won’t look like they’re sweaty, even though they might be, and linen’s larger fibers make it one of the most breathable plant-based fabrics you can own. Plus, linen wears its wrinkles well.
Short-Sleeve Linen Shirt
$28.99 at JCrew.com
Seersucker is also a great option for casual wear — we specify between casual and athletic/performance wear here because cotton and linen aren’t naturally moisture-wicking and rather retain moisture, which isn’t preferable to synthetic blends meant to keep you dry. That said, linen, seersucker and cotton are all breathable options.
Grant Slim-Fit Seersucker Shirt
$58.99 at BananaRepublic.com
Mizzen + Main is a Dallas-based company that specializes in business clothing made like it’s meant for the gym: super breathable, four-stretch, moisture-wicking, and wrinkle resistant fabric in styles and prints that look better for the boardroom than the weight room.
Beckett Button Front Shirt
$125 at MizzenandMain.com
An undershirt isn’t a bad idea here, as it will give you an extra barrier layer between your sweaty body and your outer shirt. And if you wear a moisture-wicking undershirt, make sure it fits tightly against your body or the technology won’t work — a super roomy, billowy undershirt isn’t going to stay in contact with your moisture and wick it off you like it’s supposed to. We recommend Uniqlo’s line of AIRism t-shirts because of their smooth texture, quick-drying technology and flat seams (and they’re super affordable).
AIRism Crewneck Short-Sleeve T-Shirt
$9.90 at Uniqlo.com
While we’re on the subject of underwear, socks play a major role in sweat-discomfort — unless you invest in a good pair of moisture wicking socks, such as those by Smartwool. Turns out merino wool is a great summer option due to the fiber’s natural antimicrobial and moisture-wicking qualities.
Merino Wool No Show Socks
$13.95 at Smartwool.com
National Park Merino Jacquard Crew Socks
$24.50 at Pendleton-USA.com
Blazers Don’t Have To Be So Blazing Hot
In an arsenal of go-to, hot-weather clothing, Weston says every guy should also own an unlined (or unstructured), lightweight sport coat, such as those at Bonobos or Todd Snyder — unlined means the inner lining usually found in a standard blazer isn’t there in an unlined jacket, making the coat on the whole lighter, slimmer and more breathable. Even better, an unlined blazer is yet another layer of clothing under which to disguise your sweaty self.
Made In The USA Sutton Unconstructed Sport Coat
$698.00 at Toddsnyder.com
Unstructured Italian Knit Blazer
$400.00 at Bonobos.com
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