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Updated Sweating the Details!

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Jul 03, 2017 @ 14:07 PM

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Are you sweating your costume choices? I know there are a few lucky souls out there who never appear to be sweating, but I am not one of those fortunate individuals, and I know many of you are in the same predicament!

Of course, sweating serves the purpose of helping to cool the body, but it also makes a mess of your costumes and can look unsightly. Soaking underarms in costumes is not only embarrassing but also odorous. So, what can we do?


There are options for perspiration control. The first and most obvious choice is finding a deodorant/antiperspirant that works with your body chemistry (yes, bodies react differently to different products). Did you know that you can also use your antiperspirant on all other areas of your body, to control your excessive sweating? This procedure has controlled my personal, excessive sweating during our hot and humid summer days. I no longer suffer from ‘heat rash’ because I am very generous with my antiperspirant application!

For extra protection, you can use an underarm perspiration control pad. This was a staple, decades ago, and was sold in drug stores and department stores. Today, you can still find fabric versions of this item and also disposable pads. A local Minnesota company, Hollywood Fashion Secrets, became internationally famous for their ‘Hollywood Fashion Tape’.

This same company sells Garment Shields, which keep you fresh and save you money by:

  • Preventing embarrassing underarm wetness.
  • Protecting fabrics from permanent stains.
  • Keeping underarm odors off of clothing.
  • Saving on dry cleaning bills.

Their unique moisture-wicking, quick-dry fabric is “unbeatable for stopping wetness and protecting clothing”, according to the folks at Hollywood Fashion Tape. This is one of two products that I personally endorse and resell, as these products actually WORK.

Another method for controlling perspiration in a costume would be to add a moisture-wicking lining to the garment itself. Your perspiration can soak into this fabric, but not onto the outer fabrics. Sheer mesh sleeves might be another suggestion for excessive sweating.

Camouflage is also something to consider. Solid fabrics will show perspiration much more than a printed fabric will. If you must use a solid fabric, add a distraction, such as a rhinestoned area, you won’t see sweat patches as much.

So, if you are prone to excessive sweating, become aware of the preventative measures for your body and your dance costumes. Then, you can minimize any unsightly underarm (or back, chest or anywhere else) stains and draw attention to yourself for all the right reasons! Just because your body chemistry creates more than your fair share of perspiration, you don’t need to advertise it with your poor costume planning.

(Submitted for July 2017 issue of Minnesota Dancer)

© Deborah J. Nelson/Satin Stitches Ltd.

Tags: Costume Care Tips, Minnesota Dancer Magazine

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