Surviving The Hot Summer In Business Menswear

Dressing with style during the spring and fall months provide you with a wide range of options. When the weather isn’t too cold or too hot, your entire wardrobe is open. But when the summer months start, it can feel like heat and humidity are constricting your fashion options. Luckily, you don’t have to let the hot summer months keep you from being fashionable at work or out on the town. You can dress in business menswear during the summer months without passing out in a pool of sweat. Here’s a few tips for surviving the summer in style.

You Want Your Clothes To Have Airflow

We’re taught from an early age that heavier, darker clothes make you hotter, especially in the summer months. But it isn’t about making your clothes as light as possible. It’s about making sure that your clothes have the necessarily airflow. You want clothes that are breathable and won’t trap hot air close to your body. Look for breathable fabrics that have a cooling effect. Linen is a great option for hot weather, as are lighter cottons.

It’s Okay To Wear Your Clothes a Little Looser

Just because its hot doesn’t mean that you have to wear the tightest fit possible. Remember that staying cool is all about airflow. Airflow starts with the fabrics that you wear, but it is also about how you wear your clothes. Feel free to loosen up your dress shirt a bit, or even go one size up. You don’t want to look baggy, but you do want to be comfortable throughout those hot summer months.

Add A Splash Of Color

In the summer months, you can get away with wearing brighter colors and more exotic patterns that wouldn’t fly in the fall or winter. You’ll still want a color base of the typical day to day options—white, navy, olive, and khaki. But throwing in red pants or a yellow tie can keep you feeling stylish and spice things up during the summer.

Shorts Are Stylish—At The Right Length

On casual Fridays, shorts might be a terrific option. But you want to make sure that you are wearing the right fabric at the right length. Chino is popular these days, and linen shorts have long been a staple. But the hardest thing is to make sure the length of the shorts are right. Too far past the knee and they look too much like pants, and too high and they look like jogging shorts. You want to aim for shorts that end about one to three inches above the knee.

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