Sweat marks getting you down?

It is normal to sweat. But, on some occasions, it can get uncomfortable, or embarrassing. Especially on occasions when we get nervous. Maybe you have a presentation to do, going on a date, or attending an interview? Whatever gets your heart rate up can also raise up your sweat levels.

In these situations, here are a few tips.

1. Use antiperspirant or deodorant

Use a good antiperspirant or powder, especially during the summer months. If you don't like spraying, use a powder or rock crystal deodorant. Both of these have a deodorising effect by protecting against bacteria which helps to neutralise odour. 

Remember that whatever deodorant you use this may end up on your shirt. To avoid stains, you may want to consider using a sweat pad (see 3) or wearing an undershirt (see 4) to help protect your outer layer.

2. Remove underarm body hair

Yes, remove your excess body hair. Your antiperspirant needs to come in contact with your skin to effectively protect against body odour and control sweating. This becomes a problem when your armpit hair is long as it acts as an obstacle between the product and your skin. Take control by giving yourself a little trim, or, if you are brave, take it all off by underarm waxing.

3. Use sweat pads or sweat shields

Underarm sweat pads usually have a sticky side that adheres to your skin, or clothing, forming a physical barrier between your sweat and clothing. These are inexpensive, and there are many varieties available online.

4. Wear a moisture-absorbing undershirt

Although it might sound counter-intuitive to wear an extra layer, smart layering can help to stop sweat showing through on your clothes. You need to pick an undershirt made from the right material and designed for your outfit.

What to look for in an undershirt

Smart Design

Undershirts are designed to be fitted; they are a closer fit than the average t-shirt. You might think that since your undershirt is hidden under another shirt that fit doesn't matter as much. This couldn't be further from the truth. A poorly fitted undershirt can add bulk and bunching in all the wrong places, making you look larger than you are and giving you that misshapen look.

Undershirts also need to be long enough to be tucked in comfortably. There's nothing worse than an undershirt riding up and becoming untucked. It's uncomfortable and again looks like you have a spare tire.

Undershirts are specifically designed to absorb sweat and protect your outer shirts by having sleeves. The problem with a sleeveless vest is it doesn't help prevent armpit stains if you are wearing a shirt you care about or tend to have sweaty armpits!

Undershirt Fabric

The best quality undershirts use thin, more technical materials which are moisture absorbing. Good undershirt fabric is designed to be worn under other garments, and it helps protect and absorb sweat without adding any extra bulk.

What makes Robert Owen Undershirts different?

We think we designed the best men's undershirt; our designs are unique. 

These are the designs for the everyday undershirt in a v neck design and the sweat protect.

drawing of everyday v-neck

The v neck undershirts have a deep v so that you won't see them under an open shirt. They have a yolk style shoulder to avoid shoulder seam ridge. We don't skimp on the fabric. The everyday design comes in classic crew and deep v and has an extra-long body for tall men who want an undershirt that'll stay tucked in.

We use a 95% bamboo viscose 5% elastane fabric which is lightweight, absorbent and super comfortable to wear with 20% four-way stretch. We spent a long time choosing the fabric, and we love the soft buttery feel. It's lightweight, and as the fibres allow for body temperature regulation, it keeps you warm in winter and cools in summer. It's a moisture-absorbing fabric.

If you are prone to sweating, then we have designed an undershirt specifically for you; our sweat protect undershirt (the Oxford). This has a unique triple underarm design, the middle layer being made of sweat proof material, which makes it a great sweat absorbing undershirt.