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5 Principles for Hot Weather Clothing | How to Dress Cool in Warm Weather | Dressing For The Heat
Summer always comes with a relaxed and laid-back vibe.
When the temperatures start to rise – men everywhere start dressing like they’re off to the beach.
The temptation to dress in shorts and t-shirts with flip-flops is strong.
Which is cool for casual days at the beach or in your back yard – but what about when you go out to meet people?
Gentlemen – the rise in temperature is no excuse to let down your sartorial standards.
Instead of using the summer heat as an excuse to relax your dress code – see it as an opportunity to incorporate color, new fabrics and styles into your wardrobe.
I have readers sending me emails from all over the world – from hot climates like South Africa, India, Australia, and… South Texas, where the temperature get HOT.
A common question from tropical countries is, “I want to dress sharp and take your advice but it’s hot and I can’t wear a jacket – it’s much easier to slip into shorts and a t-shirt.”
It is possible to be stylish in warm weather?
With the help of the five principles and the clothing items listed below – your style will be relevant and smart for the summer months.
These principles apply in climates where the sun is unrelenting throughout the year and to every single item in your wardrobe.
Ready? Let’s get started with the basics – selecting the right fabrics for hot weather.
1. Choose Lightweight Clothing And Fabrics To Stay Cool In The Heat
As a general rule – the best fabrics for tropical climates are lightweight and made from natural materials such as cotton or linen.
- Feel the weight of the cloth – is should feel light.
- Hold it up to light – if you can see through it a bit – that’s a good sign.
- Natural, light fabrics tend to dry faster – a bonus when you sweat.
- Lightweight 100% wool is a great option too. There is a general misconception that wool is better in winter. Lighter weaves of wool are suited for hot weather.
Instead of wearing heavier versions of cotton – such as twill, which is what your jeans are made of – opt for poplin, seersucker and madras cotton. Broadcloth cotton dress shirts will be cooler than dress shirts made with the heavier oxford weaves.
Innovations with lightweight synthetic fabrics have come a long way. Synthetic fabrics are suited for performance gear. If you are buying a dress shirt or jacket made from these fabrics – ensure that the garment is specifically engineered for hot weather.
2. Breathable Fabrics Are Best For Hot Weather
High temperatures combined with high humidity can make life uncomfortable – especially for people not used to tropical conditions.
Humans maintain a cool body temperature by perspiring heat away from the body.
It is important to allow air circulation to maintain a cool body temperature.
Fabrics for hot climates should maximize the flow of air through the clothing, allowing heat and moist air to escape.
The fabrics should be breathable.
Fabrics that trap moisture tend to create unpleasant odors.
Natural fibers are generally better at soaking up moisture from the skin and allowing it to evaporate from the outer surface.
Cotton is extremely comfortable and allows your body to breathe with ease. It absorbs excess sweat. Linen and other natural fibers also breathe and are good at absorbing moisture.
These fabrics tend to breathe more than synthetics such as polyester.
Just because a fabric is lightweight does not guarantee that it is breathable – a trash bag is lightweight but not breathable.
Some fabrics trap heat by creating an insulating layer over the skin. Synthetic and fabrics that are of thicker weaves tend to reflect heat back to the body and inhibit the outward flow of warm, moist air.
Synthetic fibers tend to be water-repellent; they allow sweat to build up, reducing evaporation, and causing discomfort and irritation.
Silk is not a good choice as it tends to retain heat. Silk can lose some of its strength through exposure to strong sunlight and perspiration.
With its natural ability to breathe, wool is better than polyester fabrics – especially in tropical weight wool suits.
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