If you’ve visited this site before, you know we’re obsessed with moisture-wicking everything: bras, undies, socks, and even pajamas! So when we want to burn some calories, moisture-wicking shirts are our go-to exercise tops.
Wicking fabric is a relatively new technology designed to draw moisture away from the body. Unlike standard cotton fabric, it’s crafted from a high-tech polyester that absorbs moisture.
With these moisture-wicking shirts, you can comfortably exercise in even the hottest temperatures without worrying about sweat patches and feeling sticky.
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$9.90 (was $19.90), Uniqlo
- 100% Polyester
- Machine wash cold, gentle cycle
- A mapping design for areas that sweat a lot
This versatile t-shirt can be used for any and all activities. Made from Uniqlo’s DRY-EX material, the crew-neck fit also features a mapping design, specifically for areas that sweat a lot, meaning sweat rapidly absorbs into the shirt.
One reviewer wrote: “[This] shirt cut fits well and looks good. Lovely color with a nice gradient. Both sensible and functional. Material is soft and breathable. Lightweight and very [moisture-]wicking, keeping you cool and dry even through intense cardio.“
- Minimal seams to reduce chafe
- Anti-stink Silverescent® technology, powered by X-STATIC®
- Engineered mesh
This relaxed, moisture-wicking shirt is the latest from the Swiftly collection. With strategically engineered mesh for breathability and Anti-stink Silverescent® technology to combat odors, this is one of Lululemon’s most popular exercise tops.
One reviewer wrote: “I love these shirts. They function so well and are a wonderful staple piece to wear for working out or every day. These shirts are very flattering even though they have a more relaxed fit. I have a small waist and larger hips so I find the relaxed fit stays in place (& doesn’t ride up when running) a little better than the regular swiftly fit. The quality if what I would expect from Lululemon. They wear and wash very well. They don’t wrinkle and while some colors show sweat, they definitely pull it from your body so they just feel nice when working out.”
- Designed for Running and Training
- Anti-Stink, Seamless Construction
- Slim Fit, Cropped Length
This moisture-wicking shirt from Lululemon is similar to the Swiftly relaxed short sleeve above, but more fitted and cropped for those that prefer a body-hugging fit. This short-sleeve features the best Lululemon technology, including the Anti-stink Silverescent® for odors, and strategically-placed mesh for breathability.
- Designed for Yoga
- Sweat-Wicking Fabric
- Classic Fit, Hip Length
Designed specifically for yoga (but can be used for other activities), this essential tank pleated top is the comfortable, practical, and stylish solution to the sweats you get after a session of hot yoga. With high end moisture-wicking fabric, this tank captures the sweat from your body while keeping you dry.
One reviewer wrote: “Very lightweight, airy fabric that holds up well. Size down a bit so it is form-fitting up top – the bottom still flows nicely (and great for hiding a bit of muffin top, especially if you do seated-upper-body sports like paddling).”
$64, Alo Yoga
- Super-soft, sueded performance jersey
- Moisture-wicking technology
- 4-way-stretch fabric for a move-with-you feel
- Wear-tested for the perfect fit
This long sleeve shirt is just as breathable as short sleeve styles, with the same super-soft moisture-wicking fabric. The four-way stretch fabric moves with you, regardless what type of exercise (or lounging) you prefer.
One reviewer wrote: “This is my first item from ALO, and have to say it was an amazing purchase. Not only do I love the fit of it, which is a little looser, but it still gives you the shape as well. I purchased the evergreen color, and it truly is a great shirt. I also worked out with it in a HIIT workout, and not once did I feel super hot, it was light and breathable.”
$39.95, L.L Bean
- Style provides coverage and makes layering easy
- Midweight blend of 88 percent recycled polyester, 12 percent spandex
- Soft, moisture-wicking and quick-dry for continuous comfort
- UPF 50+ protection
Perfect for those who prefer longer tops, this moisture-wicking shirt is UPF 50+ rated, meaning this will protect you from the sun’s harmful rays. Whether you’re heading to the gym or just on a coffee-run, it will keep you feeling fresh all day.