If you’re looking for a comprehensive list of sweat proof shirts & undershirts, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s dive in.
I’ve been writing about this topic for a long time, and although there are several articles here that cover the topic, figured it would be good to collect all that information and put it into one article.
For sake of clarity, I’ll define the difference between sweat proof shirts and sweat proof undershirts.
- Sweat Proof Shirt – An outerwear shirt that has some form of sweat blocking capability, or other capability to minimize or eliminate the appearance of sweat marks on the clothing
- Sweat Proof Undershirt – Similar to a sweat proof shirt, but exclusively designed to be worn under existing shirts
Sweat Blocking & Preventing Sweat Marks
The main reason sweat proof clothing exists is to prevent visible sweat marks. Unless you’re working out, most find it embarrassing if their clothes show sweat rings or sweat patches.
The most common place people sweat is in the underarm area. However, those that sweat more than others can get sweat marks on their lower back, chest, and even their shoulders.
Of course some people sweat moreso from their bottom half, which results in visible sweat patches on your pants in the butt and on the back of the thighs. This article won’t cover the bottom region, but I do have one that covers the topic. Be sure to check out my Sweat Proof Underwear article for a list of the top underwear that eliminates visible sweat marks.
Sweat Management Solutions
For a comprehensive list of products and solutions that help people manage sweat, please check out my Top Sweat Management Solutions article.
It provides an overview of the following:
- Sweat proof undershirts
- Sweat blocking underwear
- Sweat proof t-shirts, shirts, & polos
- Hyperhidrosis antiperspirants
- Sweat reducing medications
- Managing head sweat
- Managing sweaty palms & feet
- Ideas on how to prevent sweat marks
- Online resources for sweat management
- Whether or not antiperspirant could make you sweat more
Sweat Proof Shirts
Neat Apparel utilizes a unique patented fabric technology to prevent visible sweat marks. When sweat comes in contact with the inside fabric, the Neat technology channels the sweat through a maze-like structure, allowing sweat to distribute farther and dry faster.
It also has a hydro-blocking functionality that prevents sweat from creating sweat patches on the outside surface. For heavy sweaters it may not block all of the sweat, but most of it.
They carry the following shirt products:
- Men: Sweat blocking t-shirt & polo
- Women: Sweat proof t-shirt
They also carry sweat proof undershirts, but I’ll mention those below in my undershirts section.
Where to buy: neatapparel.com | Coverage Area: All over
Sutran is one of the first companies to come out with sweat proof apparel with all-over coverage. This is accomplished via two thin layers of fabric with their DriLook fabric technology that prevents sweat marks from appearing on the outside of the shirt.
They carry the following products:
- Men: T-shirts, Polos, & Button-up shirts
- Women: T-Shirts
Where to buy: sutrantechnology.com | Coverage Area: All over
Lawrence Hunt Performance Shirts
Lawrence Hunt takes a slightly different approach to hiding sweat rings. They construct their dress shirts with high performance moisture wicking underarm panels that dry rapidly.
As such, their shirts don’t block sweat from penetrating through, but the result could be similar since the underarms would dry quick and not show sweat marks.
They carry the following products:
- Men: Polos & Button-up shirts
- Women: Button-up shirts
Numi makes sweat proof shirts for women utilizing their Sweat-Secret fabric technology. The key to their sweat-blocking capability lies in their 3-layer underarm guards.
- First layer wicks and absorbs the sweat
- Second layer blocks the sweat
- Outer layer matches the body of the shirt
Where to buy: wearnumi.com | Coverage Area: Underarm
NanoDri’s sweat proof polo for men utilizes their special nanotechnology to hide sweat patches. Constructed similar to their undershirts, these polos are constructed with two layers.
The first layer will wick and absorb the sweat from your body, and the outer layer will block the sweat from coming through — thus preventing visible sweat marks.
Where to buy: nanodri.jp | Coverage Area: All over
Sweat Proof Undershirts
I have a comprehensive list of sweat proof undershirts on my Top Sweat Management Solutions article, which I keep updated all the time, but I’ll highlight some new ones here.
In addition to shirts and polos, Neat Apparel also makes sweat proof undershirts for men & women utilizing the same technology I mentioned above.
Found this comment on reddit from someone who recently tried a Neat Apparel undershirt:
Dude, before they arrived, I started wearing two undershirts in attempt to conceal the sweat. They did the job alright, except on days where I exert a lot of effort, a tiny unnoticeable spot on my shirt would be wet.
Whereas with these shirts, I’d run all day and there is absolutely no mark or sign. Seriously amazing.
Steep price obviously, but I’ll be damned if they didn’t do the job right. And the website were so nice, their customer service is excellent and they seem like good people./user/Jawadd12
Where to buy: neatapparel.com | Coverage Area: All over
Matt King Undercover
The Matt King Undercover undershirts use the same type of sweat-blocking underarm pad as other brands, however, they have a specific focus to make eco-friendly sweat proof undershirts.
Their fabric options include:
- Organic cotton / Elastane
- Supima cotton / Elastane
- ECOVERO MicroModal / Elastane
- Styles: V-neck, Scoop
- Colors: White, natural
Where to buy: mattkingundercover.com | Coverage Area: Underarm
I had a recent email exchange with the founder, and really was quite impressed with the work he put into creating his undershirts. Here are the most notable parts of our exchange:
My idea to create the undershirt was born out of my own challenge and before I was even aware of Ejis, Thompson Tee or any other sweat proof undershirts on the market at that time.
The Journey started back in 2012 and then sat dormant for a few years as I was still very active in my corporate career which was unrelated to textiles. I returned to the idea back in 2016 when I took a sabbatical and had the time to develop the undershirt.
All the sweat proof undershirts I have since examined work off a similar principle. My pattern is my own unique design and I actually focused on the style elements that I felt were important. I studied high-end branded undershirts to ensure I incorporated all the elements I wanted to experience in an undershirt along with sweat proof protection.
My key markets are outside of the US as I have my contacts in Australia, Middle East and Europe. My business partner is based in Dubai and has worked within the largest high-end fashion and retail group in Middle East.
Trade between China and Australia has been complicated. I deliberately stay out of South East Asia and China regarding suppliers and production as it did not align with my sustainability focus. I am a made in the E.U product which aligns with the undershirt being a premium high-quality offering. It also aligns with my sustainability objectives.
In terms of advantages relating to geographical locations I absolutely think I hold my own unique position. We are an Australian company with a sustainability focus. That matters here.
Across the entire textile industry I believe sustainability is fundamental in moving forward into the future. I attended the largest textile sustainability conference in Milan back in 2018 and will attend the 2020 conference online in a few days.
Being made in the E.U and having production based there is definitely an advantage for the European market. I lived in Dubai for over 10 years and I held senior roles so I am at home within the Middle East market. My career successes and business partnerships carry the integrity of my brand in the Middle East.
My approach has been along the classic lines of identifying a problem and solving it but I have never put a negative spin on sweat. Sweat serves as a vital necessity to our well-being yet underarm sweat marks caused me distress in my professional career.
I always have invested in quality clothing and wanted to create an undershirt that complimented that, hence offering the world’s first organic cotton and Supima cotton sweat proof undershirts.
When I launch the new men/women’s line in EcoVero it will be a first again and 100% sustainable. Happy to discuss fabric chooses more if that is of interest.
Integrity issues across the whole textile industry have been flushed to the forefront this year with Covid. Big name brands have been called out for unethical business practices. I am the face of my brand and maintain close and personal communication with my audience as its become vital for people to know who’s behind the brand. It is also my platform to advocate for the shift toward a more eco-conscious and sustainable future as that is what I am passionate about.
I have a wonderful collaboration in development at the moment with a group of doctors who advocate for mental health and will be wearing the undershirt and dancing for wellness. It’s about feeling fantastic with who we are.
As I say “Not just a sweat proof undershirt. A tool to live your best life”.
II do not belong to the old ways of textile mismanagement. I am a newbie and want to be part of the clean-up and solution moving forward.
Happy to answer anymore questions you have.
Have a great day!– Matthew King
Created out of necessity by serial entrepreneur Antonio Turco-Rivas, TR+O undershirts have 100% sweat-blocking underarm pads directly incorporated into the undershirts.
One unique characteristic these sweat proof undershirts have is a raglan sleeve design, which I quite like.
- Styles: V-neck, crew neck
- Colors: white, black
Where to buy: troundershirts.com | Coverage Area: Underarm
Be sure to check out my Top 9 Sweat Management Solutions article. It contains information about sweat blocking undershirts, sweat proof underwear, various antiperspirant & sweat-reducing options, and much more.
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