Styling our Outfits to Avoid Showing Sweat Stains

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Styling our Outfits to Avoid Showing Sweat Stains

Quote of the day: “Imagine this: If you had $86,400 in your account and someone stole $10 from you, would you be upset and throw all of the remaining $86,390 away in hopes of getting back at the person who took your $10? Or move on and live? Right, move on and live. See, we all have 86,400 seconds each day. Don’t let someone’s negative 10 seconds ruin the remaining 86,390. Don’t sweat the small stuff, life is bigger than that.” Power of Positivity

I had a reader send me this quote just last week. And it’s really true in every aspect of our life. Since it talks about not sweating the small stuff, I thought it’d be appropriate for not sweating the sweat too. Even though in our last post we wore outfits for real sweating.

How did I come up with this blog post idea? Real life. We were at a writer’s conference and one of the speakers had large sweat stains. Not that this fact stopped me from learning from him, yet it can be a detraction. So I came up with some options of how to avoid the sweat stains with our outfit choices.

Even though Nancy is back, we invited Lesley to join us because 4 women are even better than 3. Besides, now that Nancy had her 70th birthday, we had a hole for the 60 decades. If you’re interested in where we took these photos, I have the information below.

And funny story. You may not notice, but the photo quality isn’t quite the same as usual. We drove all the way out to this spot when Rob realized he had left the camera at Nancy’s house. Even though he offered to go back an hour each way, we decided the show must go on. So these photos were taken with our phone.

Jodie’s (50+) Outfit

Outfits to avoid showing sweat stains with a sheer material

Pants: The Limited (similar here)~~Tunic: WHBM (similar here)~~Shoes: Abound (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Purse: It’s a wine carrier-thrifted (similar here)

Outfits to avoid showing sweat stains with a sheer tunic

Why I Wore This Outfit

I wanted to see how a sheer top would work for hiding the sweat stains. I bought this tunic to prevent having to pay shipping when I ordered Nancy’s jumpsuit a couple of years ago. I’ve worn it on the blog, and I love that it came with a matching tank top. Truthfully, I thought I’d return it  when I first received it because it’s so long in the back. However, I love the idea of layering it over a dress which I’ve done on the blog and in real life many times.

How You Could Change This Outfit

Usually when I wear this tunic with pants, I opt for skinny jeans. However, I wanted to see how it’d look with work trousers. I think it turned out great, but if you don’t have pants like this, I bet you have something like tan jeans. Or with fall right around the corner, maybe you’d prefer burgundy pants? I don’t really know if this is true, but maybe because the top is sheer so you can see your shape, then wearing boot cut or more voluminous pants can work?

Interesting Tidbit

This purse was a great find at the thrift store last year. It’s actually a wine carrier, and I’ve shown the insides previously. It’s certainly an interesting way to make your everyday objects work for many purposes. Like the time my mom used a jewelry box as a purse. It kinda makes you get excited when you look at items with a whole different perspective.

Lesley’s (60+) Outfit

Outfits to avoid showing sweat stains with a white linen shirt

Shorts: Counterpoint (similar here)~~Blouse: Chicos (similar here)~~Top: Macy’s (similar here)~~Shoes: Anne Klein (similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Purse: Target (similar here)

Outfits to avoid showing sweat stains for women over 60

Why Lesley Wore This Outfit

I had to laugh when Lesley emailed in response to my email that we were styling outfits to avoid showing sweat stains. And she replied that “Ladies do not sweat. They glisten (as said by my mother who was raised in New Orleans as she would know)”

She reports that linen is a no brainer in the summer just like my mom and I showcased earlier this summer on the blog. The tee underneath catches the sweat even before it gets to the blouse in most cases. Personally I think that white is a great color to hide our sweat or glistening when it happens.

How You Could Change This Outfit

I absolutely love that Lesley is wearing shorts. She likes these because they are a pull on with a flat waist band and a longer length. Yet if you don’t wear shorts anymore, this would look equally perfect with black pants or black capris.

Interesting Tidbit

The red scarf is Lesley’s nod to animal print. She doesn’t like animal print and doesn’t wear it, yet red is one of her favorite accent colors so she does wear this. I think that’s a fabulous way to possibly incorporate a print or trend you don’t think you’ll like. In fact, it took me many looks at the scarf to see the leopard print in it.

Let’s laugh at one of Lesley’s thoughts about why you should wear a scarf. They can act as a lady bib.

Nancy’s (70+) Outfit

Outfits to avoid showing sweat stains with a print shirt

Capris: Casual Corner Annex (similar here)~~Top: Jones New York (similar here)~~Shoes: Prabal Gurung for Target (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Purse: Cammie Hill-thrifted  (similar here)

Outfits to avoid showing sweat stains for women over 50
Outfits to avoid showing sweat stains with a print top

Why Nancy Wore This Outfit

I suggested to Nancy to pull out this print top to wear. I think prints are a great way to camouflage our sweat stains, and of course a sleeveless shirt works well for that too. You can see in the group photos that Nancy brought a white cardigan to put over this top also.

Nancy even commented that she think the ruffles and polka dots on this top are “distractingly” cute. And that’s exactly why prints work so well. It takes the focus away from many of the issues we worry about.

How You Could Change This Outfit

I absolutely adore that Nancy pulled in a third color with the red shoes, accessories and purse. She says she ALWAYS gets compliments on these shoes when she wears them. We even styled red sandals 3 years ago with neutrals, so it’s not a new idea.

However, if that’s not your cup of tea, there are some great black sandals that would work too. Or you could match the footwear to the white pants with this pair.

Interesting Detail

This ruffle purse is a newer find at a local thrift store. The funny thing is when Nancy was moving, it was one of those items that got “lost”. Doesn’t that happen to everyone?? Luckily she found it stuffed in with her workout clothes.

Charlotte’s (80+) Outfit

Outfits to avoid showing sweat stains with a mesh tunic

Pants: Josephine (similar here)~~Tunic: Target (similar here)~~Shoes: SO (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Purse: (similar here)

Outfits to avoid showing sweat stains for women fashion
Outfits to avoid showing sweat stains for women over 80

Why Charlotte Wore This Outfit

I suggested that my mom wear a mesh top since I knew she has a couple of them. She also has a black mesh top that she’s worn on the blog before, but this color definitely looks better on her. And when my mom first bought this tunic, her initial response was to style the same color top under it, What we learned is then you don’t notice the interesting design that way. So a contrasting color works so much better. She’s worn this same tunic when we styled our yellow shoes 2 years ago.

The mesh is perfect for staying covered up, yet cool. And because it’s not solid, it certainly wouldn’t show any sweat stains as much.

How You Could Change This Outfit

I’m sure not everyone has purple pants in their closet. If that’s the case, then so many other colors would work with this light turquoise color. You could always wear a column of white under it, black or even tan.

Interesting Tidbit

Since my mom feels “naked” without something covering her decollete, she wrapped a long necklace around a couple of times to fill in the area. Maybe this is obvious to everyone reading this, but I don’t always think to do that with my longer necklaces. I recently tried it on an Instagram post and thought it worked great.

Tips & Tricks

First I’d like to say that sweating is not bad. I do think that we perceive it as one of those faux pas though? Kinda like your bra strap showing.

So stay away from light, solid colored tops if you’re not wanting to showcase your sweat stains. Except white. White seems to be a good option.

Stick to the darker colors, prints, loose items or the sheer materials. And this could be a great reason to have a kimono on hand. They are flowy enough to hide everything!!

Outfits to avoid showing sweat stains at the Reflections Memorial in Aurora, Colorado
Outfits to avoid showing sweat stains Aurora shooting Memorial

These photos were taken at the Reflection Memorial Garden. The park just opened the day before we took these photos. It’s a memorial for the 7-20 Aurora movie shooting that happened 6 years ago here in Denver. It may not be an event you are aware of if you don’t live in the area. We actually went to this exact movie the evening before.

There are 83 cranes representing the victims and survivors of July 20th, 2012. The 13 cranes in the center of this piece will be translucent to honor those whose lives were taken.

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