Let’s just come right out and admit it: we’ve all been there. And by there, I mean plagued by a visibly sweaty shirt once the temps start climbing. Maybe it’s the can’t-have-it-all trade-off for the season’s beautiful, sunny weather. But there are ways to avoid embarrassment and stay cool and dry. (Ways that do not include foregoing shirts altogether.) Here are five tips to help you keep sweaty incidents to a minimum.

5 Tips to Sweat-Proof Your Shirt

1. Avoid caffeine and spicy foods. As much as you may love your coffee, soda, and Sriracha, they all can trigger sweat production. Stay hydrated with lots of water and stick to less-spicy food instead.

2. Swipe on some antiperspirant. Deodorant will mask the issue, while this will help prevent it. Go for clinical strength (with a higher concentration of active ingredients) if the standard stuff isn’t enough.

3. Wear natural fabrics. Think sweat-wicking, water-absorbing, quick-drying cotton and linen – and avoid synthetics at all costs. They’ll take their sweet time drying and will up the stink factor to boot.

4. Opt for a breathable fit. Even if you’re wearing a slim-fit button-front, there should be a bit of room between shirt and skin to allow your body to regulate its temperature. Too close a fit = too hot.

5. Put on an undershirt. Sure, it may seem counterintuitive to add an extra layer, but a cotton undershirt is a sweat-absorbing barrier that can help keep your actual shirt dry. Go with a V-neck so it doesn’t show.

And if all else fails? Bring backup – a spare shirt you can change into should the season get the best of you.

Round out your summer shirt collection. Our Mix & Match: 50 Men’s Shirts & Printed Ties Boutique opens Tuesday, June 24, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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June 24, 2014

It’s officially June. Which means endless summer days lie ahead. To inspire your sunny-day look? We turned to a place that knows warm weather year-round: Venice Beach, CA. Here are the three items you need to pull off that easy, laid-back vibe.

Venice Beach–Inspired Summer Dressing

On Top: Go for a lighter-than-light cotton tee (or tank for the beach) in any shade of blue. Wear untucked, always.

On Bottom: Knee-length chinos in an easy neutral or, if you’re feeling bold, a pop of red or out-there print. If you can’t have fun in the summer, when can you?

The Extras: All you need? Sunblock and a good pair of sunglasses. Try classic rectangular black frames or a modified take on the iconic aviator – a plastic frame freshens up the traditional look.

If you feel so inclined, complete the look with a (temporary) tattoo or two, then hit the boardwalk like a pro.

Our City Vibe: Style Inspired by Venice Beach, CA Boutique opened Sunday, June 1, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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June 2, 2014