With an epic heatwave sweeping parts of the country and melting mailboxes in Arizona, it’s time to discuss moisture-wicking shirts for U.S. Postal Service Letter Carriers and Rural Carriers.

During the last several years, many athletes and others who sweat outdoors have switched from cotton shirts and other shirts to moisture-wicking shirts for their performance attire. Moisture-wicking shirts are made with materials that pull moisture away from the skin to the exterior of the clothing where it more easily evaporates. The shirts are made from polyester blends and are almost always lighter, cooler and more breathable than regular shirts. Though some postal uniform shirts are made with polyester blends that dry quicker than the cotton shirts, there does not appear to be a moisture-wicking shirt alternative for letter and rural carriers.

It appears that Amazon.com delivery drivers have such a moisture-wicking shirt, as pictured above. It would be great to see the Postal Service approve a similar shirt, perhaps in navy blue with reflective strips. When the heat strikes, letter and rural carriers always get the same safety talk about drinking water to stay hydrated. But it would be nice to see the Postal Service approve a moisture-wicking shirt (and perhaps moisture-wicking shorts) that would help letter and rural carriers mitigate the heat and perhaps reduce heat-related injuries.

In 2002 when I started telling the Post Office to change the light blue shirts to navy they ignored me. When I became passionate about doing it myself it expanded like a wildfire. The post office nor the uniform companies never considered navy until they saw how many people I had supporting me. From 2013 and 2015 they tried to come out with 7 different navy blue looks pic top left. In 2015 I cried out to God for a new look and He gave me a new logo to compliment my new look. Designs by Marty Grace is the brand with style for the working people. Taking the ugly out of the uniform. When you look good, you feel good about the job that you do. Oh and I'm turning the job into something you really want to do when you look good. Www.martygraceuniforms.com #irockmartygrace #designsbymartygrace #martygracenewpostaldesign #martygracepostalworkerapproved #usps #mailman #mailcarrier #postalworker #lettercarrier #mailchic #postman #fashion #blogger #fashionblogger

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The Postal Service hasn’t been too happy with unofficial Marty Grace Postal Wear, but many postal workers love the designs, such as this polo shirt with reflective stripes.