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16 moisture-wicking styles to keep you dry in humid heat

Stay dry with these breathable fabrics.
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Whether you live in a humid climate or simply sweat no matter where you are, feeling hot and sticky in your clothing is always dreadful. Luckily, there are ways that you can avoid that uncomfortable feeling entirely. By wearing moisture-wicking fabrics, you can stay cool and dry regardless of how steamy your surroundings are.

Unfortunately, not all fabrics are made to withstand excess moisture, but after scouring the market, we were able to find the best clothing picks that do. Not only will the following breathable options — which are designed to handle wetness better than any other fabric — help you avoid soaked clothing, they’re stylish, too. Check out our top picks for moisture-wicking clothing from head to toe.

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Best moisture-wicking clothing for men

Lululemon Always In Motion Boxers

In addition to being sweat-wicking, these boxers are ergonomically shaped for the ultimate comfortable fit. Unfortunately, this pack only comes in a set of three, so you might want to buy more than one (yes, they’re worth it).

Adidas Technical Crew Neck T-Shirt

Need a casual crew neck for everyday use? This moisture-wicking shirt is the perfect option. It uses the brand’s climalite® moisture-wicking technology to combat wetness along with a stretchy fabric to ensure a proper fit along the chest and body.

Cutter & Buck Genre DryTec Moisture-Wicking Polo

For a sweat-wicking shirt that’s on the classier side, try this popular polo. Not only is the fabric ideal for humid days, but the shoulder panels within the shirt provide extra ventilation.

Under Armour Iso-Chill ABE Twist Polo

The Iso-Chill fabric in this shirt disperses heat away from the body for a cooling effect while the anti-stink technology prevents any odor from developing throughout the day. Because of these sought-after features, it’s safe to say this shirt a top choice for many.

Nike Dri-Fit Flex Stride Shorts

Created using sustainable materials and Nike’s Dri-Fit fabric, these shorts are good for both high-intensity workouts or a day relaxing on the couch. Either way, comfort is guaranteed.

Polo Ralph Lauren Men’s Performance Jersey T-Shirt

Available in eight different colors, this fitted moisture-wicking T-shirt is a crowd-pleaser. One reviewer even called this shirt the “best performance shirt” they’ve owned, with other reviewers mentioning that they’ve bought this shirt in multiple colors because they’ve liked it so much.

Brooks Dash Half-Zip Top

This fitted long-sleeve shirt uses the brand’s DriLayer fabric that’ll keep you from getting too sweaty. It also has a pocket sewn into the shoulder for easy storage of keys and cash.

REI Co-op Active Pursuits Track Pants

Created using polyester and spandex, this fabric stretches four ways for extra mobility. It also features a zippered pocket to make sure your belongings stay secure while on the go.

Best moisture-wicking clothing for women

Lululemon Swiftly Tech Short Sleeve 2.0

As one of Lululemon’s most popular shirts, this sweat-wicking top features a mesh construction for improved breathability. It’s also designed with the brand’s patented Silverescent technology which inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria.

Under Armour Sports Mask

Face masks are still necessary while traveling or frequenting certain indoor businesses, but if you live in a hot climate, they can feel terrible against your face. This mask features polyurethane open-cell foam to let air through without allowing moisture or sweat to pass. It’s also structured to sit up off the face and lips for better breathability. Plus, the water-resistant outer shell paired with the anti-microbial treatment on the inside layer ensures that this mask stays fresh whether you’re simply wearing it on an extra hot day or relying on it during a sweaty workout inside your gym.

Nike One Dri-Fit Leggings

Not only are these leggings the perfect, classic style for any activity, they’re also specially created to keep you from developing any dampness throughout the day. They also contain an interior waistband pocket that’s great for storing your phone during workouts.

Alo Vapor High-Waist Leggings

Whether you’re ready to work up a sweat or relax at home, these leggings will keep you comfortable and dry. As a bonus, the four-way stretch fabric provides extra flexibility with every movement.

Adidas 3-Stripes Sports Bra

Bra sweat is, to put it simply, the worst. When you find a bra that’s able to combat all that extra moisture, it can feel too good to be true — until now. This sports bra features a flattering scoop neck design and a special moisture-wicking fabric that’s engineered to keep you dry all day long.

Athleta High-Performance Sock

Athleta designed these cushioned socks with their specialized iWick fibers to wick moisture and rid your feet of any dampness — stat. Each sock also utilizes a mesh top that provides extra ventilation to keep you drier for longer.

REI Co-op On The Trail Full-Zip Hoodie

Moisture-wicking and quick-drying, this hoodie will keep you warm and dry when facing low temperatures. Reflective details in the lining also keep you safe in low-light scenery.

Balanced Tech Women’s Hipster Panties

Not only will this moisture-wicking underwear be virtually invisible under any pair of pants, but they also tackle moisture and odor to ensure you feel fresh and comfortable with every wear.

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