When the mercury rises, many lunge for the usual suspects of suit trousers with a shirt tucked in, unbuttoned and no tie. The result is more often than not underwhelming and still overwhelmingly hot. This summer, don’t be that guy. Instead, be a bit little more inventive.
Try linen trousers or lightweight chinos. Swap your normal shirt for a short-sleeved version or even a polo shirt. A pattern does away with the need for a tie and you won’t look bare.
In some offices, shorts are a definite no-go (annoying we know), but if your dress code is more relaxed, don’t dismiss them. Try a tailored chino pair with a matching blazer à la the shorts suit. Team with a simple white tee and make sure the shorts hit the knee. Alternatively, sport khaki, close-fitting cargo shorts with a white shirt tucked in and the sleeves rolled up. When the office air-conditioning conks out, you'll be laughing.
If you must wear a suit, go for a roomy shape (fortunately these are bang on trend) for extra ventilation. Deconstructed blazers that take out the shoulder pads and lining will help with coolness in both senses of the word. Look for cotton twill, linen or Tasmanian summer wool which are all breathable. Hopsack is also ideal as it’s super airy but won’t crease.
Shoes are important here. We’re pretty sure it’s scientifically proven that if one’s toes are cool, everything’s cool.
Don’t feel the need to swelter in winter’s heavy brogues or Oxfords. Try a loafer (with invisible socks) – particularly one in a leather weave which will let the air in. Choose a trainer that’s lightweight. A smart running trainer will be constructed from a breathable fabric which is perfect if racing to meetings is required.
With loose, utility-style trousers and a utility jacket, even chunky sandals can be office-appropriate. Boat shoes are the quintessential summer compromise between smart and comfortably cool – we recommend.
In summer you don’t want to be lugging around a massive briefcase or a rucksack that carries the risk of back sweat patches. Instead, opt for a sleek document case you can rest on your side.
Sunglasses can prove a useful pocket accessory if you feel naked without a tie and a pocket square seems a little fussy. A great chunky watch can be uncomfortable so keep the strap loose, or go for a leather variety.
Don’t forget the desk accessories. A great water bottle and a subtle office fan will make it easy for you to keep your cool, no matter what work-related trials come your way.
There you have it. Grateful for our guide? Don’t sweat it.