It was a mild summer day, and I was heading over to the pizza restaurant around the block to meet my date. I had gotten all gussied up for the night and I felt great. My date was a cute British boy I had met through work. I was excited, to say the least. Maybe even a bit nervous. So when I got to the pizza place I was a little out of breath – and a little sweaty. My maybe-too-honest date made a comment about the sweat marks under my armpits. I looked down in horror to find two huge circles of wetness underneath my arms. I was so embarrassed that I ran home immediately and changed into a shirt that didn’t reveal my sweaty armpits so easily.

I’m sure we’ve all had those experiences where we’ve felt our under arms drenched and looked down to find a large noticeable sweat mark. By far, the best solution for these types of situations is to use SweatBlock. But, for those of you who don’t believe me, here are some helpful tips for you non-SweatBlock users about fabrics to avoid in the heat or in a situation where you know you’re going to sweat more than usual (like going on a hot date).

First off, avoid synthetic fabrics.

These are man-made and include fabrics like polyester, rayon, nylon, and acrylic. Polyester is the most important to avoid. Polyester clings to your skin and doesn’t allow your body to cool off properly. If your skin can’t breath, your body tries to compensate by sweating more in order to cool off. Synthetic fabrics can also accentuate body odor. So instead of synthetic, go for natural-fiber shirts like cotton and linen. If you sweat excessively, plan on wearing loosely fitted clothes in the hot months to help your body breathe.

Wear Light Colors / Dark Colors

Another thing you can do to help yourself is to wear light colors and black, which tend to hide those embarrassing sweat spots. Also, I’ve found that some patterned shirts hide spots too.

Wear an Undershirt

Although this may sound counter-intuitive, wearing an undershirt can also help during those sweaty moments. The undershirt absorbs the sweat before it reaches your shirt helping to hide sweat. You may even want to try wearing a sports undershirt, which is designed to absorb moisture away from the body and they dry quickly.

Avoid Canvas Shoes if Your Feet Sweat

For those of you out there who are concerned with sweaty feet, the advice I’ve found is to avoid shoes made of canvas. Apparently, canvas shoes will make you sweat more than usual. They also tend to make your feet and shoes have an embarrassing odor. This is what I like to call “stinky feet” and can be just as embarrassing as sweaty underarms. To help combat “stinky feet” try slipping in a moisture absorbing insole into your shoes, or spray the inside of your shoes with a deodorizer or foot powder.

Get Rid of Sweat Stains

If you’re reading this post, chances are you already have clothing with embarrassing sweat marks. Click here for some tips on removing those smelly sweat stains from your favorite shirts.