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Any ideas on what to wear under a dress to stop back sweat from showing through?

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GinBunny Tue 30-Jun-15 00:36:10

I have a beautiful dark purple dress that I bought to wear to a wedding a few weeks ago. I have another wedding coming up and thought due to being on a diet that I would be a smaller size for this next wedding, and would buy a new dress that would be more appropriate for hot weather. I've actually gained weight oops and it looks like I will probably be able to wear the same dress.
The problem I have is that I get a bit sweaty in hot weather blush
From previous experience I know that it will show through the dress because of the colour/fabric. Please tell me, is there a light weight absorbent body/vest that I can wear underneath it? I was thinking maybe a sports type vest would help?

Potterwolfie Tue 30-Jun-15 02:19:51

The only solution I've found is to wear dark or lighter, patterned clothing when it's hot. I think by putting on more layers, you'll only get hotter and sweat more, meaning it might show through more. I really do understand, suffering from this myself, though I know it doesn't help as you want to wear the dress you already have!

geologyrocks Tue 30-Jun-15 03:47:42

You should get a deodorant in the chemist called 'driclor' - it actually stops you from sweating!

it stings from the first maybe, three uses and you put it on every night for a week.

You can then apply once a week and you literally don't sweat. its changed my life smile

SunnyL Tue 30-Jun-15 08:04:59

What fabric is the dress? I find dresses with high polyester or synthetic content actually mean I sweat more. The higher the cotton content the less I sweat.

Nickypig Tue 30-Jun-15 08:15:25

I agree with patterned or busy prints. My back is also very sweaty (have only tried driclor on underarms and it's really amazing) so for summer weddings etc I have a jacket which I basically wear and keep on the whole time as it hides a lot.

GinBunny Tue 30-Jun-15 09:59:41

I was hoping M&S or someone would have come up with a miracle absorbant body or something. I guess I need to go shopping for something more suitable. Covering my back with deodorant isn't going to be too practical, and it's polyester so it will be a problem.
Thanks for your replies I'm relieved to hear it's not just me!

AalyaSecura Tue 30-Jun-15 10:03:26

I have found bamboo vests or t shirts to be pretty good for this - feels just as light as cotton but seems more absorbent. BAM do different weights in their t shirts.

GinBunny Tue 30-Jun-15 11:41:07

Thanks Aalya, will take a look at the website.

This is my dress here

The colour is a bit darker than it looks in the picture. The lace isn't going to be enough of a pattern for it not to show is it?

Nickypig Wed 01-Jul-15 07:41:21

That looks ok - and not too tight so there's some breathability. And it's lined so you'll have that as a helping hand too!

Sleepybeanbump Wed 01-Jul-15 07:48:56

Don't know how much it helps but I wear a cotton strappy vest under dresses all summer. It doesn't make me any warmer really - and if it's really hot it's definitely cooler as wet (sweaty) cotton has a cooling effect.

I like feeling relaxed knowing my top clothes aren't getting wet. The vest tops are reasonably snug against my skin so it's also nice not having that feeling of sweat running down your skin under your clothes as it catches it immediately. And as I said its cooling and fresh feeling.

I'm all for sports tops but for more active wear. The wicking is great when you're really really drenched and don't want to be clammy and cold after. But for normal wear I'd avoid synthetics and just go cotton.

ScottishDiblet Wed 01-Jul-15 07:49:01

Can you dry talc powder? It can soak up some of the sweat. I use it all over in this kind of weather and it's a godsend.

GinBunny Wed 01-Jul-15 11:26:32

These are good tips - thank you. I will experiment with a cotton vest and talc in the current heatwave and see how I get on!

confusedalways Wed 01-Jul-15 11:29:30

Why don't you wear it round the house doing a few star jumps or something as a trial run? Then you'll know whether to worry or not.

HelpMeImMelting Wed 01-Jul-15 11:43:40

How about one of these?

Plexie Wed 01-Jul-15 13:19:21

A simple cotton vest from Marks and Spencer?

If you ever need something similar with sleeves I can recommend a particular H&M t-shirt: - thin cotton so not hot/bulky like a normal t-shirt, very short sleeves and deep v-neck, and ideal for wearing unobtrusively under other clothing. They bring them out in different colours each year.

Candra Wed 01-Jul-15 13:54:19

You need a chemise which is made of very sheer material.

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