Look Cool, Be Cool

Fight Sweat and Win with a Performance Dress Shirt


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For the professional man with a proclivity for sweat, hope is out there. Performance fabrics that were once exclusive to athletic apparel are now being made appropriate for business meetings and dressier nights out. These next-gen, high-tech shirts keep you cool and collected when the temperatures turn up, so while your office mates keep a change of clothes in their desk drawers, you’ll be dry, cool and unwrinkled.

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Outlier Merino/Co Pivot

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Outlier’s relying on Mother Nature a bit for this performance, but that doesn’t make the shirt any less impressive. Merino wool has natural odor and wrinkle resistance and can be worn for days on end without a wash. Outlier uses an ultra-fine 17.5 micron merino, on which they collaborated with Global Merino. It’s more crisp than traditional merino, but still keeps the same breathability. The Outlier Pivot Sleeve adds mobility, and the classic styling is appropriate for dressing up or down.

Style: athletic fit, storm welt chest pocket
Material: 59 percent ultrafine 17.5 micron merino, 41 percent organic cotton
Features: resists odors and wrinkles, breathability

Parker Dusseau Commuter Dress Shirt

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This one’s a boon for versatility. The crisp white Turkish cotton blend goes with just about anything, while the stretchy fabric breathes well and dries quickly for good transitions from active to office. The longer sleeves and rear darts keep you comfy on the bike without coming untucked, and the slim fit means you’ll never look disheveled. Reflective trim on the collar and cuffs and slick mesh shoulder vents keep things safe and cool while rolling on two wheels.

Style: trim fit, spread collar
Material: Turkish stretch cotton blend
Features: wrinkle resistance, moisture wicking, rear darts, extended sleeves, shoulder vents

Ministry of Supply Archive Dress Shirt

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Ministry of Supply doesn’t mess around when it comes to delivering a great-fitting dress shirt that also accounts for your sweaty self. Their Archive shirt uses NASA-engineered fabric technology in an innovative polyester that pulls heat from your skin when it’s hot and draws it in when it’s cool. The Archive wicks moisture and feels comfortable against the skin thanks to a soft, brushed finishing inside. MoS has also given the Archive laser-cut vent holes in the pits for improved cooling where you sweat most, and their thermo-laminated collar and cuffs keep those spots firmed up without the need for stays. The fact that you also never need to iron it means it truly is wash ‘n’ wear.

Style: slim or regular cut, spread collar
Material: NASA-developed phase-change material with 98 percent polyester, 2 percent elastane
Features: wrinkle resistance, moisture wicking, two-way stretch, thermo-laminated collar and cuffs, laser-cut vent armpit vent holes

Mizzen+Main Blackman 2.0 Dress Shirt

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With Mizzen+Main’s line of performance dress shirts you’ll save yourself from embarrassing wrinkles, sweat stains and unwanted discoloration. The Blackman 2.0 features Mark IV fabric, which is wrinkle resistant and wicks sweat, and they’ve equipped it with extra stiff collars and cuffs. It’s also ridiculously fast drying — M+M claims the shirt can be washed gently and then hung to dry, and it’ll be ready to wear in 16 minutes flat.

Style: trim fit, spread collar
Material: Moisture-wicking cotton
Features: wrinkle resistance, Gen 4 temperature regulation, moisture wicking, four-way stretch

Rapha Cutter’s Shirt

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If you’re the fit and trim cyclist type, then Rapha’s cutter will work just as well off the bike as it does in the saddle. The 97 percent cotton, 3 percent Elastane shirt is cut trim, so you can ride unencumbered and keep a clean look when the pedaling stops. Its dedication to the cyclist shows in the covered placket and shoulder stitching that enable easy messenger bag carry, as well as the nifty reflective cuffs for on-bike visibility. It comes in a nifty print that’s inspired by the Critérium des Porteurs de Journaux in Paris, and it comes in comfy chambray options as well.

Style: trim fit, French collar
Material: cotton blend (97 percent Cotton, 3 percent Elastane)
Features: wrinkle resistance, moisture wicking, covered placket, reflective cuffs

FairWear Madison Stripe Shirt

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We’re fascinated with the cooling properties of bamboo fabric, and FairWear’s dress shirts have 50 percent bamboo-infused Tanbocel in the fabric, along with 50 percent polyester. That gives it ideal warm-weather capabilities. In addition to naturally wicking moisture and fighting against nasty clinging, bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic. The polyester in the fabric aids cooling while adding the wrinkle-free factor that’s not typically found in bamboo fabrics.

Style: regular fit, spread collar
Material: Tanboocel (50 percent bamboo, 50 percent polyester)
Features: wrinkle resistance, moisture wicking, odor management, UV protection, side and armhole gussets

Giro Mobility Shirt

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It might not be tuxedo fare, but when’s the last time you donned a penguin suit, anyway? The Mobility shirt, looks great on its own or with a blazer, and you won’t need to worry about stinking things up; the 97 percent cotton, 3 percent Lycra stretch-woven chambray fabric moves with you and promises breathability for coolness. Trim fit means an athletic fit without a preponderance of fabric to get in the way, and a hidden placket and snap chest pocket keeps you ready for the bike once the day is done.

Style: trim fit, pinpoint collar
Material: cotton blend (97 percent cotton, 3 percent Lycra)
Features: wrinkle resistance, moisture wicking, hidden placket, snap chest pocket