10 Sweat-Wicking Clothing Items to Keep You Cool and Dry This Summer
There is no way around it: When the weather heats up, sweat starts dripping. Oftentimes, this sweltering season leaves us desperate to find clothing that not only keeps us cool but also keeps the sweat from pooling. After all, no one wants to be drenched in sweat by mid-afternoon. The problem is that we often only associate sweat-wicking clothing with activewear—you know, gym shorts, leggings, and workout tops. No shade to those tried-and-true items (we’re thankful that they keep us dry during hot yoga and cycling sessions), but sometimes we’d like to look cute and be sweat-free outside of the gym.
That’s why we took some of the guesswork out of summer clothes shopping and found these items that are made of sweat-wicking material but don’t necessarily look like your typical gym clothes. From dresses to skorts to decidedly cute tops, each of these items contains sweat-wicking technology to banish moisture from the fabric and keep you dry. Bye-bye, pit stains.
Cute sweat-wicking clothing to shop now:
1. Lululemon All Aligned Dress
Shop It! $118, Lululemon.
Made with Lululemon’s buttery soft Nulu fabric, this lightweight dress was made for women on the move. In addition to its sweat-wicking capabilities that keep pesky boob sweat away, this relaxed dress contains Lycra (the fabric often used in gymnastic uniforms) for a form-fitting stretch that works with your body’s natural movement. We love that it looks just as trendy with a pair of sneakers as it does with some strappy sandals.
2. Fabletics Elenda SculptKnit Tank
Shop It! $49.95 ($19.97 with VIP membership), Fabletics.
This stylish, ventilated tank doubles as both a workout option and a top that would look polished with a pair of high-waisted jeans. Featuring strategically positioned ventilation cutouts for ultimate breathability and comfort on the hottest of days, this top is your new sweat-wicking BFF.
3. Outdoor Voices Exercise Dress
Shop It! $110, Outdoor Voices.
Outdoor Voices made waves when it launched this sporty yet girly exercise dress that can beat the heat at the gym, on the court, or just hanging out in the sun. It comes in nine colors, has a built-in bra and shorts, and is made with OV’s signature LightSpeed fabric that’s lightweight, sweat-wicking, and fast-drying.
4. Lilly Pulitzer Luxletic Monica Skirt
Shop It! $98, Lilly Pulitzer.
Whether you’re headed out for a round of golf or looking to bring a dose of sophistication to your socially-distanced outdoor hangout, wear this skirt and you'll stay not only cool and dry but sun-protected, too. The performance twill fabric is both moisture-wicking and made with UPF 50+ technology, so you can enjoy the day with ease. Oh, and it has pockets, too.
5. Athleta Expedition Skort Dress
Shop It! $98, Athleta.
This multitasking dress is begging to be added to your summer wardrobe—so much so that it may just become a worthy staple. The lightweight, breathable fabric allows sweat to evaporate on the surface, plus it dries in a flash—even on the hottest, most humid days. It’s also wrinkle-resistant, and the effortless silhouette is complemented with built-in shorts and UPF 50+ sun protection.
6. Aerie Mesh High-Waisted Bike Shorts
Shop It! $26.21 (orig. $34.95), Aerie.
Bike shorts are really trendy right now, and this pair has cooling mesh panels for added breathability and comfort. Sweat-wicking capabilities keep you dry, and the compression fabric offers amazing support. Just make sure to size up since these tend to run small.
7. New Balance ASYM Jumpsuit
Shop It! $89.99, New Balance.
This jumpsuit uses fast-drying technology that pulls moisture away from your body—whether you’re working out or running errands. The relaxed fit in the pants creates a cool breeze when you walk, and the soft knit fabric feels light as air.
8. Amazon Sweat-Wicking Bathing Suit Coverup
Shop It! $29.99, Amazon.com.
Throw on this ultra-soft, lightweight, and breathable cover-up over your favorite bathing suit to stay cool, dry, and protected on your way to the beach or pool. UPF 50 fabric blocks harmful UV rays while also wicking away moisture and drying quickly.
9. Outdoor Voices The Exercise Skort
Shop It! $65, Outdoor Voices.
Top this versatile, sporty skort with any T-shirt or tank for a warm-weather outfit that can take on sweat. It’s quick-drying and moisture-wicking to draw sweat away from the body and through the fabric for all-day comfort and effortless sporty-chic style.
10. Amazon Sweat-Wicking T-shirt
Shop It! $15.99-$20.99, Amazon.com.
Replace your traditional cotton T-shirts with these sweat-wicking options, and say goodbye to pit stains and visible back sweat for good. This bestseller from Amazon comes in 15 colors, and unlike some performance tees, it has no logo, so it can really be used as a wardrobe basic. The lightweight fabric and roomy fit make for added breathability while sweat-wicking fabric keeps moisture away.