The Real Reason I Don't Wear the Most Flattering Dress I Own

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Now you know the real reason why I was posing, Superstar-like, with my hands practically under my armpits

Now you know the real reason why I was posing, Superstar-like, with my hands practically under my armpits

I've had this dress for over a year and it's easily one of my favorite items in my closet. The  dusty mauve color is unexpected, the wrap is supremely flattering, and the little ruffles are sweet without being saccharine. It's basically perfect... except for one small, but-actually major-detail: the fabric shows even the slightest amount of under-arm perspiration and makes it look like you just finished a workout class. 

Ever since I switched to a natural deodorant a couple of years back, I've been a lot more aware of sweating (not exactly glamorous, but true). For someone who used to swear by a "clinical strength" option, this was a big transition (one that involved taking a miniature bath in the sink at work at around noon and reapplying so I didn't smell by the day's end). And while I whole-heartedly stand behind my decision to ditch my old, chemical-laden antiperspirant/deodorant, there are a few drawbacks that really suck. 

And recently it got me thinking: Why is it such a big deal to see a woman sweat? I grew up playing sports, so slicked back hair on a soccer field or a jersey soaked-through were sources of pride—it meant you'd been working hard. So why is there a double standard when it comes to regular clothes? Similarly, I often see men in button-downs (typically of the light blue variety) rocking pit stains and am never bothered by it. The question prompted a discussion in the office and we all agreed that yes, we each own pieces that highlight our perspiration but they're typically avoided at all costs. 

I wore my favorite dress a couple of weeks back in an attempt to break the stigma that women can never be seen as anything less than polished and perfect. It was a chillier day and I wasn't raising the roof or anything (not that it's a daily occurrence), but it felt like a possible step in the right direction. 

I'd love to know—are sweat stains a no-go in your book? Is there a double-standard?