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.

The Issue:

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 Tip:

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

Todd Snyder Grey Metallic Cotton Suit

J.Crew Ludlow Suit Jacket in Italian Cotton Piqué

J.Crew Ludlow Suit Jacket in Italian Cotton Piqué

2) Sans-Jacket

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

ASOS Smart Shirt in Short Sleeves

John Varvatos Star USA 5B Peak Vest

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

ASOS Mini Button Down Collar Pique Polo

Hugo Boss Forli Slim Stretch Cotton Polo Shirt

Hugo Boss Forli Slim Stretch Cotton Polo Shirt

The Gear:

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

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

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

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!

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Style It Like Beckham Get the David Beckham look!

Let’s face it, there aren’t many men more stylish than sports star David Beckham - the former soccer player, and husband of Spice Girl-turned-fashion-designer Victoria Beckham has been hitting it out the park for years! A  bona fide fashion risk-taker (remember that ‘90s sarong?!), Beckham excels at red carpet events, not to mention off-duty dressing. 

Want to get his look? We break it down below.

1. Topman White Button-Down Long Sleeve Shirt

2. Reiss Suit Pants 

3. Zara Leather Dress Blucher

4. Balenciaga Double-Face Neck Tie

5. ASOS Slim Fit Tailored Bomber

6. Edwin Jeans Relaxed Tapered Fit

7. Zanerobe Reno Denim Shirt

8. Adidas ‘ZXZ 700’ Sneaker

9. Brixton ‘Oath III’ Snapback Cap

Which signature Beckham style do you like best? Sharply suited gentleman or off-duty dad? Let us know below!

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