Dressing up for formal or semi-formal events in the heat can be a headache. It’s too hot to wear layers, but without them, you’ll look too informal. So, if just the thought of putting on a long-sleeved dress shirt in the middle of summer makes you sweat. Don’t worry. Dressing up in the heat doesn’t have to be uncomfortable with these tips to help you beat the heat and still look amazing.
When Dressing for the Heat, Pick Light, Breathable Fabrics
Wanting to look sharp for that outdoor party without melting in your loafers? No worries. Pick out some lightweight, cool fabrics. The lighter and more breathable the fabric is, the better you’ll feel wearing it in the heat. Here are some examples:
Most lightweight materials are natural fibers, like cotton; this fabric will help you to keep cool through high temperatures. You will also find fabrics such as cotton-linen or cotton-pique, these are a mixture of cotton with other fabrics that are also a good option for summer outfits.
Apart from cotton, there is also linen, this breathable material is ideal for hot weathers, and doesn’t wrinkle as much as other fabrics do, keeping you sharp all day long.
Rayon is the best fit for dry weather, as it is not a natural fiber so not as breathable as cotton. Nonetheless, it is thinner than cotton, therefore still a goof option to be explored.
Chambray is a lightweight and breathable far cousin from jeans textiles; usually found in white and indigo yarn with a range of color from light blue to dark blue. You will fell fresh throughout the day with a chambray dress shirt.
These fabrics will help your body to breathe easier, while still looking amazing. So it is definitely worth trying them out, in shirts, trousers, blazers, and even on shorts and t-shirts.
Stay Away From Undershirts
While wearing an undershirt will protect your clothing from sweat stains, it will also add an extra layer of fabric to your body. So instead of undershirts, try wearing armpit guards.
Armpit guards are little round patches that stick to the inside of your shirt and absorb sweat, so your shirt doesn’t get nasty sweat stains. This will cut down on the amount of fabric you are wearing and help to keep you cool all summer long.
Pick Lighter Colors
If you need to go out in the heat in your nice clothing, make sure to go with light colors. Black, browns, navy, and other dark colors soak up the sunlight and heat; not at all ideal for hot weather.
On the other hand, whites, pastels, and other light colors will reflect the sunlight, helping to keep you cooler. Even if you don’t like white, check out tans, light gray, or even some pastels tones shirts and blazers.
Find Relief in Protective Clothes
Protecting yourself from the sunlight is very important to staying cool all summer. Sunburn is never fun, but it’s even less fun when you’re also wrapped up in fancy clothing. Make sure to protect your skin with sunscreen and protective clothing.
A breathable long-sleeved shirt will ensure your skin doesn’t get burned and will also keep you looking fabulous. Also, consider wide-brimmed hats to keep the sun off your face. A hat can be a great accessory.
Keep Things Loose
Give yourself a little room inside your clothes. We would never suggest getting clothing that doesn’t fit properly. However, opting for looser cuts of your favorite clothes will help to keep you cool as well as stylish.
Choose cuts such as full or traditional fit opposite to slim or stretch fits. Full and Traditional fit dress shirts allow breathing spaces, and you will feel more comfortable and fresh. While slim fits are tight and will make you feel hot, and sticky all day long.
The same concept is valid for trousers, stay away from stretch fits that will keep your skin from breathing the entire day. Go for traditional and tailored cuts for a cooler outfit.
Wherever You Go, Carry Spares With You
Always have extra socks, shirts, trousers, even underwear on you. Let’s say that you arrive at the office from a very long commute, and you still have a long day ahead of you, don’t stay with your sweaty clothes all day long, pick up your spares and change clothes. It could also help if you have some wipes on you to freshen up.
If your office has a shower room, even better, put on some casual clothes and pack your suit. Make your way to the office 30 to 60 minutes earlier and take a shower when you get there, this will guaranty a fresh and cool day.
Dressing Up During Summer Doesn’t Mean Overheating
Wearing a suit or any formal outfit during summer doesn’t have to mean you’ll be melting all day long. Just make sure you know the right picks, such as natural fabrics to keep you cool and dry. Making sure your outfit fits the weather is essential to staying comfortable on hot and warm climate. So don’t let the heat take the best out of you.