Do Spill-Resistant Clothes Really Work? Marie Claire's Clumsiest Editor Puts Them to the Test

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As someone whose attitude toward stained clothing goes a little like "whatever—it's painterly," spill-resistant clothes were *made* with me in mind. But do they live up to the hype? In the interest of putting off doing laundry until absolutely necessary, I took (white!) Old Navy jeans and a Vardama shirt—both designed to be "stain-repellant"—for a few bouts of rigorous testing, meaning heading to Central Park and having miscellaneous liquids thrown at my body and occasionally my hair because *some* people have bad aim.

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Before

They look and feel like normal clothes! (Except the shirt, which is made for men but tied the Leandra Medine Way.)


Old Navy jeans, $40, oldnavy.com; Vardama slim-fit shirt, $125, vardama.com; Pared sunglasses, $240, paredeyewear.com; & Other Stories slides, similar here.

Projectile No. 1

Good thing the GIF cuts off where it does, even though you can probably guess what I said after. Hint: It was most definitely not "Oh, dearie me."
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Good thing the GIF cuts off where it does, even though you can probably guess what I said after. Hint: It was most definitely not "Oh, dearie me."

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Projectile No. 2

It's a miracle! The Fanta beaded and mostly ran off, and any that was left, I could sluice away with my hands. Which is great, because that's where the blue Gatorade came in.
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It's a miracle! The Fanta beaded and mostly ran off, and any that was left, I could sluice away with my hands. Which is great, because that's where the blue Gatorade came in.

Post-Gatorade Check-In

Mini conclusion: Like your lightweight friend, this shirt also has a two-drink limit. Mad decent, considering you'd never have that much liquid tossed at you in any real-life situation unless you were maybe breaking up with multiple people in quick succession.

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Projectile No. 3

Photographer Tyler Joe refused to let me publish the Frappuccino GIF because apparently it reminded him too much of the pea soup scene from The Exorcist. Fair. At this point, you can start to see the fabric becoming saturated and retaining some color, especially in the creases. Here, we reach another mini conclusion: water-based beverages, yes; dairy-based, no.

Projectiles Nos. 4 and 5

"It'll be fun," they said.
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"It'll be fun," they said.

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After

Though they were thoroughly soaked after having participated in an accidental wet T-shirt contest in front an inexplicably large audience for a weekday afternoon, both the button-down and jeans put up an impressive fight. Ten out of 10 would wear again around especially sloppy drunkards or just day-to-day as me.


Epilogue: After begging the nice front-desk lady at the Hearst gym to let me take a shower because the milk in the Frappucino was going rancid, I changed into an identical set of spill-resistant clothes. Then I went to a party with Nick Jonas, where I had the world's sugariest Moscato spilled on me. But I didn't sweat it one bit.


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