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Numi Sweat Proof Undershirt Reviews:
In 2013 Founder Michelle was motivated to solve a problem she herself was facing - She was no longer wearing her favorite pieces of clothing because dry-cleaning was expensive and they were prone to noticeable sweat stains. Let's face it, we've all been there. After a successful crowdfunding campaign, Numi was born!
Numi's high performance sweat proof undershirts wick and absorb moisture and oder away from the body thus preventing stains. They've expanded into some beautiful silks that I hope to try!
Numi The Crop - XS Black & Almond $60 (Oct 2021)
Why I Was Interested In Trying The Crop by Numi
I followed Numi as a brand for a couple of years before finally ordering a couple of their performance sweat proof undershirts to try.
Shifting to more conscious clothing purchases recently means I have been slowly adding better quality pieces into my wardrobe. A lot of these pieces are beautiful natural/more sustainable fibers like cashmere, silk, organic cotton, tencel and modal to name a few.
Proper care of our garments can help them to last much longer. Most of our clothing items are being washed way more often than is actually necessary which causes breakdown of the fibers and shortens the lifespan of the garment considerably.
Thus, one reason to try Numi sweat proof undershirts was to extend the number of wears before needing to wash! Having a base layer prevents the garment from contacting your skin and absorbing sweat and other oils throughout the day. (And it's cozy in these cooler months!)
Throughout the day, I often notice visible sweat marks in the armpit region of my tops, no matter the weather. I do make and use my own natural deodorant which works great and honestly I feel that I sweat less than I used to when I used commercial “deodorant/antiperspirant”. Still, sweat comes out and I am totally okay with that (it's natural and part of the body's design!), but it can be awkward if it’s really noticeable.
And of course, I don’t want to have my garments stained over time from this. So preventing those sweat marks, temporary and permanent, is another reason to try Numi technical undershirts for women.
Finally, the modesty aspect. I personally always feel more comfortable when I have a modest base layer on. This allows me to wear different necklines and silhouettes without feeling self conscious or needing to constantly adjust them. I always thought a cami was the perfect solution for this, and recently tried quince silk camis, but was a little disappointed that the neckline was lower than my preference for this purpose and the fit was also not ideal for it either. So Numi undershirts could be a perfect cami alternative for modesty!
TL;DR - I tried Numi because I was interested in preventing sweat marks and stains, minimizing the need for washing garments, thus extending their life, and as a modest layering piece.
Numi The Crop Review - Fit
I chose size XS and the fit is comfortably snug, as it should be. I think XS was the right choice for me. I'm always torn between XS and S, but since I didn't have to accommodate my hips (petite pear over here!) as this is a crop top, I felt safe with the XS.
Numi The Crop Review - Quality/Longevity Prognosis
The material blend, 90% Tencel, 10% Lycra, is thin (except at the armpits) on purpose, so that it can be as invisible as possible underneath your other garments. This being the case and having some experience with soft materials, I anticipate it pilling a bit from the friction of always being worn under a garment. Since I don’t plan to wear this as a shirt alone, this shouldn’t be a problem if it does indeed happen. It won’t impact my primary ways of wearing the Numi Cropped Essential Undershirt - to prevent sweat stains and extend the life of my more precious garments. Finishing and stitching quality looked very nice upon arrival!
Numi The Crop Review - Wear Testing
To wear test this "sweat proof undershirt" I decided to wear it under a few different layers of clothing.
Layer 1: Numi Undershirt
Layer 2: Quince Silk Button Up
Layer 3: Mott & Bow Cashmere (Review Here)
I started to get pretty warm in this combo and proceeded to clean the entire house and do laundry. By the end I was feeling very warm, if not overheated... And guess what? Success!! No moisture on my finer garments, even the Numi didn’t feel wet from the outside. Also no other deodorant marks etc.
Initial thoughts from wear testing:
Reverse neckline is too high and makes me feel frumpy.
Scoop neck is so low it cuts below my bra lines which makes for weird lines under clothing and doesn’t help replace a cami for modesty.
Sleeve lines could initially be seen on some thinner materials but seemed to roll out as the day went on and disappear. Could be avoided with the long sleeve edition possibly.
Trying to pull fabric up at the shoulders to raise the scoop neckline caused weird bunching. I think with broader shoulders and a fuller chest you wouldn’t have any trouble, but I am petite and I think I must have narrow shoulders so it doesn’t work great for me and I hate the feeling of clothing falling off my shoulders.
Numi The Crop Review - Functionality
The Numi sweat proof undershirt does the job for me. It keeps me feeling cozy, my armpits dry, and my other garments protected. Unfortunately as a modest layering piece, it’s not as functional as I would have hoped *on my body*. :( I find the crew neck option to be too high and the scoop neck is extremely low on me.
Additionally, I know many wear this shirt on it's own, but I find the material too thin for that purpose, personally.
Numi The Crop Review - Were my expectations met?
Kind of. I'm getting 2/3 of my wishes on this purpose, so that's pretty solid!!
There are a lot of days when I'm like, "man... I wish that Numi neckline fit me better because everything else about it is EXACTLY what I want to wear and need for this outfit today..." I can't be the only one feeling like this is almost perfect!
Numi The Crop Review - Would I Rebuy? Any Suggestions for Improvement?
I would definitely consider rebuying if Numi adjusted the neckline or made an additional neckline option that wasn’t such a low scoop.
I would also consider getting the full length version (aka "The Signature"). I bought the crop thinking it would be more versatile year round for modesty/sweat resistant layering without the bulk of tucking in another layer. In reality it’s making me a tad chilly in the winter because my chest feels snug and cozy with the extra layer, while my belly feels a bit breezy and exposed through the top clothing layer(s). In the warmer months I am guessing my use will be more limited than I initially expected because of the necklines being less than idea for me.
For most people who don't mind a scoop neck like this and aren't as petite and narrow up top as I am, I believe this top will work very well for them as is!
Numi The Crop Review - Will I Keep it and actually wear it?
Yes. I will definitely be keeping the Numi performance undershirts and I will definitely get good use out of them and continue to formulate an ongoing opinion of them.
I hope this review has helped you decide if Numi's Essential Undershirt "The Crop" is right for you or not.
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Numi The Mask - OS Black & Almond $15 (Oct 2021)
The Mask from Numi is made from upcycled fabric from their essential undershirts - Tencel/Spandex Blend. The masks are two layers and super soft, as you'd expect. Having a petite face, I have found that many face masks do not fit me well and gape open at the sides which is not ideal. The Numi face masks actually fit my face well! As with all masks I've tried so far that go behind the ear, the back of my ears do get sore after extended wear. But that's better than the alternative, for sure. :) Bundles of 3 masks come at a discoun, btw!
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