Whether it's a day at the office or a smart event, sometimes you have to wear a suit during the hot summer months. Despite the extra layers involved, it is possible to wear your sharpest tailoring without overheating. Just think about how to style the suit, what it's made of and how it's constructed.
A shirt and tie can feel restrictive when it's hot out, so one way to ease into the warmer weather is to adjust how you style the suit. Lighter options that don't feel as confining will work well. Choose one of the below.
Its collar and buttoned placket make the polo shirt look similar to a tailored shirt. But polos are made from fabrics that are more breathable and flexible, making them more comfortable.
With short sleeves and lightweight material, a T-shirt will feel much fresher worn under a suit if the occasion allows. Choose a plain one to keep the look sophisticated.
Sometimes, you have to wear a tailored shirt. In this case, choose one in a particularly lightweight fabric such as linen, and with a slightly looser fit.
Most suits are made of wool, which is why they have a bad reputation when it comes to summer dressing. But there are other options.
The essential summer fabric, linen is highly breathable and naturally wicks away moisture to keep you feeling fresh. It's an effortless choice for balmy days.
BOSS garment-dyed suits are made from lightweight, breathable cotton that make them the ideal summer suit.
The light texture in seersucker allows air to circulate under the cloth, which will keep you fresh through summer.
Although a suit looks simple from the outside, the internal construction can make a big difference to how it feels when worn. Pick tailoring with these features to tackle the heat.
It's a technique that's been used in performance outerwear too: add a perforated lining to a jacket and air will circulate more freely. It works just as well in a suit.
Traditional suits have several layers of interlining to give them a structured look. Unstructured suits don't have any of this - meaning fewer layers and better breathability.
If you need a sharply tailored suit with traditional construction, it's possible to get one that's only partially lined in the body. This makes the whole thing lighter to wear.
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