These t-shirts will help you stay cool and stylish on hot summer days, free from all worries of sweat stains.

Whether it’s just a day of strolling around the city or drinking at your favourite beachside bar as you soak up the summer sun, the long list of summer activities we’ve been so eagerly missing calls for a casual t-shirt that gives a cool, laid back vibe. However, with the high humidity plus burning temperatures in Hong Kong, it’s easy to result with unwanted sweat stains no matter the amount of deodorant you layer yourself with.

Luckily, there are other ways to avoid such embarrassment, such as steering away from clothes made from 100 percent cotton. While cotton is great at absorbing moisture, it also locks them in, causing a rise in body temperature and thus generating even more sweat. Instead, choose those made with natural fibres — for example, linen and merino wool — as they are both breathable and lightweight, or performance fabrics technologically enhanced with quick-drying or moisture-wicking qualities. Of course, wearing a lighter colour also helps, as it reflects light and heat.

We’ve shortened the sorting process for you by rounding up a list of eight sweat-proof men’s t-shirts that will ensure you stay stylish and cool on hot summer days, and free from sweaty embarrassment. Scroll down and start shopping!

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120% Lino: v-neck linen t-shirt

120% Lino elevates everyday staples by creating them using the finest linen fibres. This one is crafted in Italy using breathable slubbed jersey — a material particularly suitable for warmer climates — and made into a relaxed fit with a classic v-neck design.

HK$1,108 from Matchesfashion

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2
Isabel Marant: Camron printed linen t-shirt

Looking for a fun pattern to lift up the spirits in summer? This t-shirt from Isabel Marant is cut from airy linen and covered in an abstract brushstroke motif in green, brown and purple.

Approx. HK$1,178 from Mr Porter

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3
Altea: linen t-shirt

A humble white t-shirt is, of course, a fundamental basis for all wardrobes. Altea’s version is cut from highly breathable, premium linen, and features a regular fit and a classic crew neckline.

Approx. HK$1,462 from Mr Porter

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4
Pringle of Scotland: Diver embroidered merino wool t-shirt

If you think merino wool is only for winter, you’re wrong. The fine natural fibre is actually known for its ability to regulate temperature all year round. In the summer, the breathable fabric absorbs sweat away from your skin, which then gets evaporated into the air leaving you dry and cool. It also resists odours and has a natural UV barrier against harmful rays. This t-shirt by Pringle Of Scotland features a round neck and delightful green hue, and an embroidered sign featuring a swimmer diving into the water — something we’d very much like to do right now.

HK$1,832 HK$1,283 from Farfetch (30 percent off)

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5
Mr. P: cotton and linen-blend t-shirt

As aforementioned, while classic white t-shirts are wardrobe staples, other neutral styles can be just as versatile. Mr. P has come up with a hushed cream version for you to alternate with other basic tees. It’s cut from a soft cotton and linen-blend, and comes in a slightly loose fit and patch pocket at the chest.

Approx. HK$528 from Mr Porter

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6
Vilebrequin: Tiramisu logo-embroidered mélange linen t-shirt

Vilebrequin‘s light and breezy ‘Tiramisu’ t-shirt is that perfect sartorial companion as you spend your summer days at the beach with a cool drink in hand. It’s made from naturally breathable mélange linen, with the brand’s signature turtle emblem subtly embroidered at the chest.

Approx. HK$772 from Mr Porter

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7
Etro: paisley-print linen t-shirt

The swirling paisley is an emblematic print for Etro, which has a heritage that centres around bohemian-inspired prints from the 60s and 70s. This t-shirt in navy, blue and brown paisley print is crafted in Italy from cool and breathable linen, and cut in a relaxed fit for warmer days.

HK$3,100 from Matchesfashion

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8
Missoni: blue & multicolor Argyle t-shirt

What about a more classic print? This stretch cotton and linen-blend t-shirt by Missoni features a multicolour argyle pattern, along with a crewneck collar for a hint of laidback luxe.

HK$5,910 from Ssense

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Cindie Chan
Style Editor
Fashion blogger turned editor, Cindie has spent over seven years covering all things stylish in the digital world. When she’s not busy poring over the latest covetable releases or attending the most talked-about fashion events in town, you’ll find her enjoying some precious downtime with her newborn son and sweet dog Rosy.