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The Best Clothes To Wear if You're a Chronic Sweater

The Best Clothes To Wear If You're A Chronic Sweater
Design: theSkimm | Images: Quince, Target, Free People
June 15, 2024

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When it comes to a summer wardrobe, some people see endless opportunities for bold, bright colors, while others (it’s me, hi) see a whole lot of sweat stains. If you aren’t a stranger to the pit stain or just generally run hot, you’ve come to the right place. Welcome to my curated collection of breezy, versatile looks that’ll keep you cool and won’t show those pesky sweat marks.  


An oversized linen button-down that’s perfect for layering…

One of my favorite hacks for combatting pit stains is adding a light button-down shirt over a top to keep you cool and breezy. This shirt’s sleeves come with button cuffs that make it easy when you want to roll them up — and keep them up. I especially love that this shirt is 100% breathable linen but holds up well in the wash. ($69.95, Gap

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A high-neck maxi dress that’s under $30…

You’ll want to add this dress to your summer wardrobe ASAP, thanks to its trendy high neckline and long, roomy fit. It’s easy to move around in and pairs well with big, bold earrings. Plus, it comes in eight summer-ready colors, ranging from sizes XS-4X. ($28, Target)

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A moisture-wicking bodysuit I swear by…

I tested this bodysuit last year and swear by it for my summer wardrobe. It’s made with a buttery-soft, second skin-like fabric and has thinner, comfortable straps. But don’t let the material fool you, this bodysuit is supportive enough to wear without a bra (yes, even if you’re top-heavy, like me). I also love that it comes in so many neutral and bright colors. ($60, Skims)

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Free People

A sleeveless top to dress up any bottoms…

Presenting: the day-to-night top of your dreams. This cute sleeveless shirt comes in four muted colors that show off its ruffle trim and lace details in the best way. However, my favorite part about this top is how loose and flowy it is, ideal for sticky summer days. It’s perfect for pairing with any type of jeans, shorts, a maxi skirt — you name it, and this eye-catching top goes well with it. ($78, Free People)

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A summery off-the-shoulder dress with statement sleeves…

Sleeves don’t have to be your enemy, as long as they’re done right. And this dress definitely does it right. The off-the-shoulder neckline and oversized A-line cut allows for airflow, while the puff sleeves elevate the entire look. Consider this your go–to dress for any summer event you’ve got on your cal, from weddings to brunch. ($158, Anthropologie)

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A mesh cardigan you can throw over anything…

Sometimes a light added layer is just what you need to hide any already-there sweat marks, or stave off the chill from a cranking A/C. The soft mesh material keeps you cozy but not too warm, while the boxy style makes it easy to wear open or closed. ($29.90, Uniqlo)

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A lightweight wireless bra for hot summer days…

On hot, humid days, the last thing you want is heavy underwire sticking to your skin. ThirdLove has a wide range of wireless bras that mold to your chest to provide all the support and lift of an underwire, without the use of stiff, uncomfortable materials. They also come with adjustable straps for added support that won’t pinch or prod you. ($64+, ThirdLove)  

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A chic sweater vest that won’t make you hot…

I’ll take your knitted sweater vest and raise you this linen-cotton blend vest from GAP. It’s unlined and slightly sheer, which makes it easy to wear when the temps rise. It’s soft and stretchy, in case you want to add a fitted tank or tee underneath. Snag it in both colors to help add a little extra pizazz to any summer outfit. ($49.95, Gap

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Free People

A slouchy, airy onesie…

This oversized onesie is the ideal summer one-and-done look. It’s loose-fitting enough (hello, dropped armholes) to wear over a tank, bralette, or anything else you want to layer it with. It also has pockets that are so roomy, you could leave your purse or tote at home. ($70, Free People)

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A crop top that’s also moisture-wicking…

This is the perfect top to wear out when you reallllllyyyy don’t feel like wearing a bra — or thinking too hard about your outfit. The cropped fit makes it great for both workouts and going out, while the built-in bra keeps you secure. Given that it’s technically workout gear, it’s quick-drying, breathable, and literally pulls sweat away from the body so you can stay cool, calm, and very chic. ($59, Athleta)

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A casual cropped tee you won’t want to take off…

There are a few reasons why this oversized cropped tee is so popular, but a few highlights include its 27 different colorways, versatile boxy fit, and partially pre-rolled short sleeves. It’s long enough to tuck into high-waisted shorts or pants but long enough to cover any bra or bralette you wear underneath it. ($19.99, Amazon)

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Linen pants that’ll replace your jeans this summer…

Because sometimes, denim isn’t the answer. These flowy wide-leg linen pants are a great way to add a little color while remaining relatively neutral. Their elastic waistband and drawstring will make you feel like you’re wearing pajamas while still looking put together. Truly a chef’s kiss. ($39.90, Quince)

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A lightweight jacket you can dress up or dress down…

POV: it’s 90 degrees outside, but 60 degrees inside thanks to someone’s feral air conditioner. Aka, the ideal scenario for this light cropped cargo jacket. It has two oversized cargo pockets and a concealed snap and zip closure in the front — but I recommend keeping it open for extra air flow. Pro tip: Size down if you’re looking for something more fitted as this jacket has a naturally oversized fit. ($89.99, Madewell)

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