A few things make you feel and look as uncomfortable as dehydrating and sweating under your tee on a hot summer’s day.
Hey, sweating is normal. That’s summer for you. But you can mitigate the situation by choosing the best possible t-shirt for those days when the sun and temperatures are high and mighty.
When it comes to t-shirt fabrics, there are plenty of options, and some are better than others for the warm season.
So let’s take a look at the best t-shirt materials for warmer days.
Choose sweat-absorbing fabrics
The first (and main) thing you want to focus on is whether the fabric of your t-shirts is sweat absorbing.
You might be tempted to get those heavily promoted sports tees made from 100% synthetic materials that are supposed to keep you dry, but unless you buy the real deal (that costs a lot), you might end up with a product that will feel like wearing a trash bag.
Most synthetic fabrics are made from petroleum products that can cause allergic reactions, are flammable and do not allow your skin to breathe, causing rashes and additional sweating (paradoxically).
So our suggestion is to stick with natural fabrics and only wear synthetic moisture-wicking tees if you get them from a trusted, quality brand.
Natural fabrics for summer
When choosing the fabric for a T-shirt in summer, you want natural, lightweight, breathable, soft, absorbent, and odorless fabrics.
You also want a high-quality t-shirt, so make sure you get yours from trusted brands such as Fresh Clean Tees to ensure comfort and style (that’s important too!). Check out their list of the best t-shirt materials: freshcleantees.com/blog/how-to-choose-the-best-t-shirt-material
Your best t-shirt fabric choices for a hot day are:
Let’s look closer.
Cotton is the MVP of your summer t-shirt fabrics. However, the condition is that you get high-quality, lightweight cotton tees and not the thick, heavy ones from behind the counter at the mall.
Cotton is a natural fabric that’s breathable and light, so the air flows freely even on a hot day (we recommend a looser t-shirt cut though, leave the skin-tight ones for the fall!).
And even if you get really hot and sweat a ton, a cotton tee will dry out pretty quickly without keeping you damp.
According to Contrado, jersey knit is breathable, stretchy, quick-drying, and has water-absorbent properties. Great for the warm weather!
Jersey fabric is made of wool, cotton, and synthetic fibers, and when lightweight, a jersey t-shirt is the perfect summer top.
If you don’t have a linen tee yet, get one! And the answer is no; you will not look like a hippy! Today’s linen clothing is nothing like the rough and itchy pieces from a couple of decades ago, and they look stylish too.
Linen is made from flax fibers and is known for its loose weave, durability, and moisture-wicking qualities. What’s not to love!
And while yes, linen does wrinkle, if you embrace that fact, it’s actually quite liberating to not worry about looking picture-perfect all the time.
Bamboo is a super soft natural fabric that’s an excellent cotton substitute (or a fun addition to your collection),
A bamboo t-shirt is very breathable and wicks moisture away from the skin, allowing it to evaporate into the air. It’s kind of like the high-tech activewear tees we were talking about, only natural.
A bamboo t-shirt of high quality will also last you longer, even after multiple washes!
Wool? For summer? Yes! Thousand times, yes! Merino wool clothing is expensive; there’s no denying it. But it’s expensive for a reason.
High Consumption claims that, with a host of performance qualities — including temperature regulation, odor-resistance, and moisture-wicking — merino is quite the super fabric.
If you can, invest in a couple of pieces, and you won’t need to worry about sweat stains and odors and, as a bonus, wrinkles either! It’s wrinkle-resistant! How great is that?
And a hot tip, merino t-shirts are also a great undergarment.