Want Tip: How to Dress for Business in the Heat
When temperatures suddenly make you feel like you’re smack dab in the middle of a desert, the last thing you want to do is wear a heavy suit to work. But as much as you may want to rock t-shirt and shorts to the office, you just can’t escape that professional uniform. Don’t fry like an egg under the sun; use these hot weather business style hacks to keep you looking like a pro without breaking a sweat.
Hot days and tailored suits are a recipe for sweaty, sometimes dizzying, work days. You might have AC in the office, but once you step out of that building for lunch or a business meeting you know that heat is targeting you. Don’t be a sweaty fashion victim!
The trick to dressing for business for hot days is to go for a professional look comprised of menswear pieces that repel heat and let air circulate your body. Depending on the fashion standards of your office, here are three different business menswear styles to keep you cool while working with the heat:
1) Strict with the 2 Piece
When you have no choice but to show up to work in 2-piece suits, you can keep the effect of the sun to a minimum by going for materials like cotton, linen and seersucker; these natural materials are breathable. Instead of wearing a dark suit that absorbs a lot of heat, go for lighter varieties of grey, tan and navy.
Todd Snyder Grey Metallic Cotton Suit
J.Crew Ludlow Suit Jacket in Italian Cotton Piqué
Lucky enough to go to work without a mandatory suit jacket? Make sure the shirt you’re wearing is tailored and fits your body well. Stay away from shirts that have baggy arm holes and excess fabric by the waist. Whether or not you choose long- or short-sleeve is up to you, but tucked-in short-sleeve shirts generally look better for guys with more muscular physique. When you’re expecting the weather to get cooler later in the day, you can wear a lightweight vest with your outfit.
ASOS Smart Shirt in Short Sleeves
John Varvatos Star USA 5B Peak Vest
3) Pushing it with Polos
Polos definitely fall under the more casual end of the business dressing spectrum, but tucking them in gives a cleaner, more professional look. Look for modern fit polos that have more tailored sleeves. Remember: keep polos that hit the hip untucked, and tuck-in polos that hit well below the hip.
ASOS Mini Button Down Collar Pique Polo
Hugo Boss Forli Slim Stretch Cotton Polo Shirt
Besides the menswear pieces mentioned above for the different looks, here are some other hot-weather menswear accessories you should consider (again, depends on your office fashion norms):
Expose your ankles to help keep your body cool, while keeping a barrier between your feet and your dress shoes’ leather: Falke Step Invisible Cotton-Blend Socks
Adding another layer like an undershirt will make you feel warmer, but if you’re really must wear one because you’re conscious of showing sweat through your dress shirt, make sure you go for a v-neck to keep it hidden under the shirt: Calvin Klein Underwear V Neck Undershirt
Carry a handkerchief with you so when you inevitably start sweating, you have something to wipe off the sweat on your face besides carelessly using your sleeves: Forever 21 Geo Handkerchief
What other style techniques do you use to stay as cool as possible while dressing for work? Share your style knowledge with us!