At some point, everyone has felt the embarrassment of having sweat stains. Whether you're at a wedding ceremony in the summer heat, giving a presentation at work, or just a bit stressed, there's nothing worse than lifting up your arms to reveal those soaked pits.
Someone decided to help solve that problem. An upstart clothing brand from Detroit, called Lawrence Hunt, makes dress shirts and polos for men and women that are designed to be comfortable and help eliminate those pesky sweat stains with performance fabric.
Recently, I got a chance to try out their dress shirt and performance polo and was very impressed with the design and comfort.
Reimagining the Traditional Dress Shirt
Many working professionals will spend the majority of their lives in a dress shirt. For the most part, they haven't been very comfortable, and don't help with those who are prone to sweating. Over the past several years, many brands have started to reimagine dress shirts by making them more comfortable using materials that you would see in athletic clothing.
While it might be uncomfortable to talk about armpit stains, everyone knows just how embarrassing they can be. Lawrence Hunt's founder, Jeff Schattner first got the idea for a sweat-resistant dress shirt while sitting at an outdoor summer wedding. As he started to soak through his shirt, an idea was born.
Jeff set out to design a product that took the moisture-wicking fabric from brands like Under Armour and combined them with the style of a traditional dress shirt. With the help of fashion designers and fabric manufacturers, he had his first product available in a Kickstarter campaign back in 2014.
The finished product was a dress shirt that was mostly made from soft cotton but had a separate performance fabric built into the armpits that nobody would see.
You can see learn more in this video:
Lawrence Hunt predominantly designs traditional dress shirts, but they do have two performance polos that can be worn on the golf course (or elsewhere). I was able to try out both products on and off the golf course.
I'll start with the polo since this is a golf site.
The performance polo is 95% polyester and 5% spandex. It's very light, "stretchy," and holds up well on days where you are going to sweat a bit more on the course.
I like the design a lot; it's more on the modern side. The polo is a slimmer fit, so you should take a look at their sizing charts before you order. Overall, it's a great golf shirt, and you can certainly get away with wearing it out casually if you are into this look. While they only have two designs right now, I was told that several more would release in the coming months due to their popularity.
On to the main event - the Lawrence Hunt dress shirt.
I don't work in an office, so wearing a dress shirt is not a daily occurrence. However, I estimate I will wear one about 30-40 times a year, so they are still important to me.
When I do wear a dress shirt, I'm used to not feeling the same comfort that I would in a t-shirt (which I am wearing as I write this article in my home office).
I've worn the flagship dress shirt from Lawrence Hunt several times, and here is what I like about it. The shirt looks great, its overall feel is very comfortable and soft, the fit is perfect, and lastly, the armpit fabric does its job without being noticeable.
I can't speak to how the armpit fabric can hold up to various sweating conditions, but I did run an informal test. Wearing the shirt on my spin bike (yes I looked ridiculous), I got a pretty good sweat going that would usually create a visible armpit stain. While the shirt I had on was white, I still could not detect any noticeable moisture that would be visible to a casual observer.
Depending on the color of the shirt, and the extremity of your sweating, that could change your experience. However, based on what I experienced, I do think Lawrence Hunt shirts will hold up to their claims and alleviate the embarrassment of "casual sweaters."
Wrapping It Up
I really liked both shirts from Lawrence Hunt. The polo is a worthy addition to my collection, and I look forward to some other colors and designs from them down the road.
More importantly, I believe you will be very impressed with their dress shirts. Aside from the unique fabrics, I think the design and fit are on par (no pun intended) with some of the other premium dress-shirt manufacturers. When you factor in their comfort and sweat resistance, I can see why this Detroit-based brand is gaining in popularity. Their website has many designs available, and they are continually adding to the mix.
Most of their shirts range between $78 - $95, but Lawrence Hunt has generously offered readers of Practical Golf a $50 gift card, which you can redeem here. They are so confident that if you try one of their shirts, you will be back for more. Let me know your thoughts in the comments section when you've had a chance to try them out!