We can’t always go about our day with effortless, James Bond-esque smoothness. It’s just inevitable the occasional stain will make its way onto our clothes. While the only way to truly repel a stain is with, well, an actual stain repellent in the fabric, keep these notes in mind when you’re getting dressed.
DARK vs. LIGHT FABRICS
This may seem like a no-brainer. Yes, darker fabrics will hide the occasional coffee stain better than light fabrics. Plus, if you’re unable to remove the stain completely, the darker fabric will hide what’s left-over. You’ll be all set to keep that shirt in your rotation.
SOLIDS vs. PRINTS
A stain on a solid shirt will stand out a heck of a lot more than a stain on a printed shirt. The print provides a visual distraction and keeps the eye moving. Mix some cool prints into your day-to-day attire.
NATURAL FABRICS vs. SYNTHETICS
Cotton and linen are ultra-breathable and make for a more comfortable all-day wear. Natural fabrics are more susceptible to the elements, which can break down the fibers. Synthetics, like polyester, can often be sturdier and more resistant to wear and tear. (However, you may have to sacrifice that softer feel.) Many synthetic shirts and pants are actually treated to be stain and wrinkle resistant—just be aware of the methods and chemicals used.