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  • Lindy > Swing Talk
  • Posted Friday, April 13, 2007
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Okay guys... So we all sweat and some (like me) start sweating faster than others. We're all aware of this natural occurence and many of our follows are tolerant and understanding of it, but when your shirt looks like it just been dunked in a wash basin, oh come on! Its time to change your shirt, and no it's not hard to carry another one in your bag.

I carry an extra change of shirt in my bag whenever I got out dancing and when I only have one or just ran out of shirts, I keep my jumper on so to form a wetness barrier between me and my follow (a small price to pay in consideration to my follow.)

I still trying to figure out the "why should I?" mentality of this. Is it I should change my shirt more often when I'm a newby because it's hard enough to get someone to dance with me. But now that I'm a talented dancer, it doesn't matter anymore and she should be proud to where my sweat on her shirt as well?

Well okay, maybe I'm exaggerating, but what gives guys? what gives? :dunno:

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  • Joined 4/4/05
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  • Post #1
  • Originally posted Friday, April 13, 2007 (9 years ago)

We follows have been talking, and several of us would like to speak out against the perforated wicking shirts. Yes, they may keep the leads wearing them dry, but they do a nasty job of moving that moisture most efficiently right onto the follow.

Apologies if there are already 50 "anti-wicking-shirt" threads already on yehoodi, but I'm STILL dancing bal pressed against this kind of clothing, so I'm saying it now..

This music is not too fast; you're just too damn slow.

Mak Mak
  • Joined 4/8/07
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  • Post #2
  • Originally posted Friday, April 13, 2007 (9 years ago)

This is why people should just wear rain coats when they dance.

  • Joined 2/8/99
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  • Post #3
  • Originally posted Friday, April 13, 2007 (9 years ago)

I wear a suit coat everytime I go out dancing... Keeps the follows from having to touch my sweaty back.

It is a little warm, but it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make to make sure the women enjoy dancing and don't feel like they have to shower after one dance.

-DDD

  • Joined 3/8/06
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  • Post #4
  • Originally posted Friday, April 13, 2007 (9 years ago)

I've been sporting the coat for about a year now when I dance, but what really sucks is when I manage to sweat through the coat- ewwwwwwww....

  • Joined 8/28/00
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  • Post #5
  • Originally posted Friday, April 13, 2007 (9 years ago)
Quoted from "Double Down Dave"
I wear a suit coat everytime I go out dancing... Keeps the follows from having to touch my sweaty back.

Definitely a good way to go. And during the warmer times, a t-shirt under a Hawaiian or Bowling Shirt can have a similar effect. The outer shirt can still absorb some of the sweat, but it tends to be more of the damp variety than the soaked, directly off the skin, variety. And you can still go and change the under shirt periodically if necessary, while still looking you actually have a sense of style instead of just being some shlub who can't be bothered to wear more than t-shirt.

And of course, let's not forget the radical notion that you can periodically sit down and have a drink. :wink:

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Bri Bri
  • Joined 2/9/04
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  • Post #6
  • Originally posted Friday, April 13, 2007 (9 years ago)

This is right up my alley - I'm a sweater - big time. I go through 3 tee shirts a night just so I don't feel dusgusting, and then one more for the trip home. I've accepted this and it's second nature for me to change my shirt every hour or so - usually when the band breaks. I know I wouldn't want to dance with me if I didn't!

  • Joined 1/7/04
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  • Post #7
  • Originally posted Friday, April 13, 2007 (9 years ago)

To be honest, I don't mind t-shirts on guys at dances. I have nothing but the utmost respect for the lead that I see in a different t-shirt every 20 minutes. I don't see a total slob who can't be bothered to dress up-- I see a guy who cares more that I might like to dance with a dry person than he does about being a fashionista.

I would never begrudge the lead who found the sportcoat option too hot. I'd find it too hot. Why should the dance be more unpleasant for him simply because he perspires more? I'm usually wearing as little clothing as possible-- a sleeveless dress in a very light fabric, etc. Why should he have to treat himself like a potato headed for baking?

And to be honest, the coat/ bowling shirt may help the follow with not having to have direct contact with the dripping sweat. But there's always that... steam. It's like dancing next to an oven that's at 350 and full of pans of water and keeps opening next to my face.

No, the lead who brings a dance bag full of fresh t-shirts and a towel or two is not a fashion-impaired dolt. He is a thoughtful, caring lead. :)

  • Joined 12/16/05
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  • Post #8
  • Originally posted Friday, April 13, 2007 (9 years ago)

T-shirts are fine, nicer long-sleeved shirts are fine. I haven't had the "oven effect" from dancing with someone who is wearing a jacket, but I definitely don't expect it.

I'm primarily a follow, but I usually try to bring an extra top with me in case I get sweaty. Using the aerosol antiperspirant to mist my upper body (instead of just the underarms) before I put it on, and the back of my neck if my hair is down, seem to help, too.

  • Joined 10/18/03
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  • Post #9
  • Originally posted Friday, April 13, 2007 (9 years ago)

Antipersperant on the soles of feet cut down sweat there by 'bout 50 , and it deodorizes, too! Soldiers do this in wartime.

If you sweat profusely on your head, avoid forehead/cheek contact during blues dances, please....it just feels funny for me to be wet on one side only.

  • Joined 2/7/00
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  • Post #10
  • Originally posted Friday, April 13, 2007 (9 years ago)

Okay, now how do I get this deodorant stuff out of my hair. I'm not sweating, but it sucks as gel and the scent is clashing with my cologne.

  • Joined 7/4/99
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  • Post #11
  • Originally posted Friday, April 13, 2007 (9 years ago)

If Frankie Manning could run a few blocks home and change into a new suit in the middle of the night, you can at least pull a fresh shirt out of your bag so you're not nasty.

Also, if you're wearing jumpers or sport coats or whatever as sweat barriers, you had better be getting those dry cleaned regularly. Otherwise I'm pegging you as the ones stanking up Fram.

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  • Joined 8/14/01
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  • Post #12
  • Originally posted Friday, April 13, 2007 (9 years ago)
Quoted from "Swifty"
Also, if you're wearing jumpers or sport coats or whatever as sweat barriers, you had better be getting those dry cleaned regularly. Otherwise I'm pegging you as the ones stanking up Fram.

HERE, HERE.

Not sure why some fellas seem to equate "dry" with "clean". The second you re-soak that swass blazer, you reactivate the bacteria that have been hanging out since your last night out. And suddenly my left arm smells like old milk. Yum.

  • Joined 1/7/04
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  • Post #13
  • Originally posted Friday, April 13, 2007 (9 years ago)

I agree.

I'm all for looking nice at dances. Hell, I whine and complain about the state of people's dress in general-- at restaurants, shows, clubs, bars-- I mean, show some pride, people.

But if it comes down to a choice, I pick dry, sweet-smelling lead in steady progression of exchange t-shirts to old milk in a blazer. :)

  • Joined 1/16/06
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  • Post #14
  • Originally posted Friday, April 13, 2007 (9 years ago)

I sweat like a pig, and I've tried lots of things to make dancing with me drier for my unfortunate follows but I've yet to find a perfect solution. Yeah, I can wear long sleeves and/or more than one layer but that just increases my body temperature and I start sweating elsewhere, like my palms and my head. I've actually had sweat drip from my forehead onto a short follow's head during a balboa dance. I've also had a follow tell me I was too sweaty and then walk off the floor halfway through a song. I bring three or 4 shirts and a towel to a dance but the problem is that once I start sweating it just keeps coming and a shirt that's perfectly dry at the start of a song can be sufficiently wet to gross out a follow about halfway through a song. One thing that really helps is shorts. It also helps to pace myself - that's why I usually sit at least every other dance out.

But ladies, why is it that we never see any sweat-soaked shirts on you? It just doesn't seem fair!

  • Joined 2/23/00
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  • Post #15
  • Originally posted Friday, April 13, 2007 (9 years ago)

The problem with a lot of the sweat wicking "sport" t-shirts is that they collect stink. Even if you wash them regularly (which some guys don't ahem ) they have a lingering smell that is only solved by burning them.

I'm very grateful to the people who regularly change shirts and mop their brows. I also am grateful for the people who don't wipe their stink onto me so that I can smell them the rest of the night.

  • Joined 10/12/06
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  • Post #16
  • Originally posted Friday, April 13, 2007 (9 years ago)
Quoted from "Little One"
Antipersperant on the soles of feet cut down sweat there by 'bout 50 , and it deodorizes, too! Soldiers do this in wartime.

headslap

I feel like a dumbass...this idea sounds so obvious, I'm ashamed I never considered it. Thanks, I'm going to buy an extra stick to try this out (if it touches my feet, it's not going to be touching my pits!).

I have started using cedar shoe trees, which work great at pulling out whatever odor the shoes were left with. And I keep a dozen cedar balls (like moth balls...but made of cedar) in my dance bag.

  • Joined 10/12/06
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  • Post #17
  • Originally posted Friday, April 13, 2007 (9 years ago)
Quoted from "ShagBaby"
But ladies, why is it that we never see any sweat-soaked shirts on you? It just doesn't seem fair!

If you closely compare the average man's back with the average woman's you might notice that men have a much flatter back. A woman's back has a pretty deep crease down the center. Along with looking sexy, that crease serves a practical use of acting to redirect sweat down. It's often pronounced enough that the fabric of even a tight shirt won't touch it. Men have no such "irrigation", so even sweating the same amount she won't show it as much.

And remember, only men sweat; Women glow. Although they may sometimes glow like a farmhand. :lol:

  • Joined 6/19/05
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  • Post #18
  • Originally posted Friday, April 13, 2007 (9 years ago)

Shagbaby--I know it is an expensive option, but is you have excessive sweating otherwise know as Hyperhidrosis, you might look into botox. It will drastically reduce the sweatiness of you underarms. Also look into prescription strength deoderant/anti-persirant,

check out :http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec18/ch206/ch206c.html

for some treatment options!

-Ash-

  • Joined 6/19/05
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  • Post #19
  • Originally posted Friday, April 13, 2007 (9 years ago)

Shagbaby--I know it is an expensive option, but is you have excessive sweating otherwise know as Hyperhidrosis, you might look into botox. It will drastically reduce the sweatiness of you underarms. Also look into prescription strength deoderant/anti-persirant,

check out :http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec18/ch206/ch206c.html

for some treatment options!

-Ash-

  • Joined 10/4/04
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  • Post #20
  • Originally posted Friday, April 13, 2007 (9 years ago)

If I'm sweating, it's not my feet or my underarms that are the problems.

  • Joined 3/15/99
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  • Post #21
  • Originally posted Friday, April 13, 2007 (9 years ago)
Quoted from "ShagBaby"
But ladies, why is it that we never see any sweat-soaked shirts on you? It just doesn't seem fair!

That's not true, there are some profuse sweating follows as well. Usually the ones I dance with try their best not to slime you and it's the effort they take that counts. The only real problem I have is with sweaty palm follows, I'm not grossed out, it's that her hand slips away from me every so often and you know how dangerous new york city dance floor conditions can get.

  • Joined 3/18/03
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  • Post #22
  • Originally posted Friday, April 13, 2007 (9 years ago)
Quoted from "Keither"
If I'm sweating, it's not my feet or my underarms that are the problems.

Yeah. Very annoying.

  • Joined 10/11/04
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  • Post #23
  • Originally posted Friday, April 13, 2007 (9 years ago)
Quoted from "redbean"
To be honest, I don't mind t-shirts on guys at dances. I have nothing but the utmost respect for the lead that I see in a different t-shirt every 20 minutes. I don't see a total slob who can't be bothered to dress up-- I see a guy who cares more that I might like to dance with a dry person than he does about being a fashionista. snip

One thing I learned about this is when you change shirts change to a different color, otherwise you will not get full credit. Also once I changed to a slightly different shade of the same color. This confused one of the follows who mistook me for a different person. After we straightened it out she said,"don't change shades change colors."

  • Joined 3/18/03
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  • Post #24
  • Originally posted Friday, April 13, 2007 (9 years ago)

Also, I'd have expected this thread to have been started by c1950sboy.

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  • Post #25
  • Originally posted Friday, April 13, 2007 (9 years ago)
Quoted from "Shanabanana"
The problem with a lot of the sweat wicking "sport" t-shirts is that they collect stink. Even if you wash them regularly (which some guys don't ahem ) they have a lingering smell that is only solved by burning them.

Yep. I learned that lesson back in... 00'? Now I purposefully wear non-breathable fabrics that repel sweat, like rubber, vinyl, etc...

  • Joined 1/16/06
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  • Post #26
  • Originally posted Friday, April 13, 2007 (9 years ago)
Quoted from "Flash"
Shagbaby--I know it is an expensive option, but is you have excessive sweating otherwise know as Hyperhidrosis, you might look into botox. It will drastically reduce the sweatiness of you underarms. Also look into prescription strength deoderant/anti-persirant, check out :http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec18/ch206/ch206c.html for some treatment options! -Ash-

Actually, it's not my underarms that are the problem. Also, I have a fairly regular dance partner and she reassures me that although I sweat profusely I always sweat clean; I'm never stinky. My sweat seems to come mostly from my chest and my forehead and I think I just run a little hot because I'm comfortable in short sleeves when other people are wearing sweaters. Also, I really wouldn't want to reduce my sweatiness because it keeps me cool on my 100 mile bike rides.

  • Joined 3/18/03
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  • Post #27
  • Originally posted Saturday, April 14, 2007 (9 years ago)
Quoted from "Phlurg"
Quoted from "Shanabanana"
The problem with a lot of the sweat wicking "sport" t-shirts is that they collect stink. Even if you wash them regularly (which some guys don't ahem ) they have a lingering smell that is only solved by burning them.
Yep. I learned that lesson back in... 00'? Now I purposefully wear non-breathable fabrics that repel sweat, like rubber, vinyl, etc...

Phlurg, you need to start thinking outside the bedroom.

  • Joined 10/9/05
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  • Post #28
  • Originally posted Saturday, April 14, 2007 (9 years ago)
Quoted from "ShagBaby"
I sweat like a pig, and I've tried lots of things to make dancing with me drier for my unfortunate follows but I've yet to find a perfect solution. Yeah, I can wear long sleeves and/or more than one layer but that just increases my body temperature and I start sweating elsewhere, like my palms and my head. I've actually had sweat drip from my forehead onto a short follow's head during a balboa dance. I've also had a follow tell me I was too sweaty and then walk off the floor halfway through a song. I bring three or 4 shirts and a towel to a dance but the problem is that once I start sweating it just keeps coming and a shirt that's perfectly dry at the start of a song can be sufficiently wet to gross out a follow about halfway through a song. One thing that really helps is shorts. It also helps to pace myself - that's why I usually sit at least every other dance out. But ladies, why is it that we never see any sweat-soaked shirts on you? It just doesn't seem fair!

Just to be annoying...I've got to point out that if you can't sweat like a pig...they're incapable of sweating. But anyway...enough of me being a nuisance.

What I wanted to say is that there are definitely ladies out there who end up sweat-soaked, cause I know for a fact that I'm one of them. I can mop myself a bit and just start sweating all over again, sometimes even before I get another dance. Its really quite annoying.

But at least I don't have the problem with having overly sweaty hands...I think of all the sweatiness, hands are the worst....there was one guy at my college whose hands were so bad that I couldn't keep my hands in his...plus I constantly had the urge to wipe my hands on something

For those of you who do sweat excessively...there are even some special over the counter anti-persperants that really help (similar to stuff you can get prescribed). Let me look it up tonight and I'll get back to ya'll on it tomorrow

  • Joined 1/16/06
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  • Post #29
  • Originally posted Saturday, April 14, 2007 (9 years ago)

Of course, ladies, we sweaty guys know what you really like:

Quoted from "physorg.com"
Sweat has been the main focus of research on human pheromones, and in fact, male underarm sweat has been shown to improve women's moods and affect their secretion of luteinizing hormone, which is normally involved in stimulating ovulation.

Here's the full article: Male sweat boosts women's hormone levels

  • Joined 1/23/01
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  • Post #30
  • Originally posted Saturday, April 14, 2007 (9 years ago)

Why is the focus always on sweaty men? A few folks, above, have pointed out that there are some sweaty women. If you, follows, don't want to get soaked and smell like us sweaty leads, maybe, also, look at yer own stinky pits? Women can wear spaghetti-strapped tops and get away with it, but should I show up to a dance in a wife-beater --sorry, A-shirt, I'll either not be allowed in to the venue, or be seen as skeevy. Yeah, awesome...

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