The oncoming summer brings with it many sartorial challenges. Whether it be in work or outside of work, men need to keep cool and that shouldn’t mean you resort to losing what makes you stylish. Knowing how to dress in both cold and warm climates will ensure that you have a well prepared wardrobe ready to take on what ever mother nature throws at you. It certainly doesn’t mean you resort to wearing a vest and cut-off denim at any time. Keep your style head whilst others lose theirs, and learn the tips and tricks for keeping cool whilst dressing well in the heat.
Typical dress shirts are between 60 and 100 but looking for 120 will offer a super soft cotton that is lightweight without being too see through. Lightweight yarns will allow air to circulate and your shirt to breathe.
A cotton linen mix gives you the cooling effect of linen, without the creasing. The key is for men to look for 60 or 70% cotton in the mix. Airtex is also a new fabric being used in dress shirts. It is 100% cotton and has an open weave allowing air through and thus keeping you cool. For suiting, men’s fashion has started to embrace the cotton linen mix heavily in this area, so there should be no shortage of options. Men can also look to seersucker as a fail-safe fabric choice in addition, although a little scarcer.
Most men might overlook these small details but they can have a big effect on your ability to keep cool. Larger collars mean more weight around the neck. So a button down or a small spread collar would be our recommendations.
Double cuffs will restrict and trap heat. Men should opt for a single cuff which means you can also easily roll up your sleeves if you need to when you leave the office.
Avoid a fully lined suit as the extra material is going to add to the heat. An unlined suit has nowhere to hide when it comes to the jackets construction so be sure that you have your eyes on a reputable brand or tailor. Any poor workmanship will be on full view to those around you.
It is a much debated subject whether men should go sockless, but for warmer days this could be a key element to staying cool. Don’t remove the socks completely, choose invisible liner socks that will absorb the sweat whilst stopping your shoes from smelling. Plus less material equals less heat.
Sam Brady is a menswear expert, having worked in or around the field for the past 14 years. He has built up a keen eye for detail when it comes to the production of clothing, and is happy showcasing the craftsmanship of Savile Row and Jermyn St. But he understands the need for an interchangeable modern man’s wardrobe that mixes high street and luxury clothing.