As we transition into summertime, we find ourselves getting hotter and hotter. However, as dress codes and outfit trends change seasonally, working professionals still have to don suits in the workplace. Here are a few tips to keep looking tidy and fresh in the summertime sun.
Although often said and heard, it is so important to stay hydrated! As the temperature gets hotter, we tend to increase our perspiration levels. Feeling hydrated helps you cope with the warm temperature. Bring a water bottle with you when you go, and keep one in the fridge for a quick refresher.
Wear Lightweight Fabrics
It’s time to transition from the thicker fabrics, such as wool, into thinner, more breathable fabrics. Opt for linen, cotton or fresco suits with an open weave. These are typically airier, and linen is a quick-drying fabric- a quality I’m sure we all search for during the summer months.
Have a Half-Lined Jacket
Instead of having a fully lined jacket, perhaps consider getting a half-lined jacket, which exempts the back of the suit from having an inner lining. As a result, more air will be able to flow through your coat and keep you fresh.
Wear Lighter Colored Suits
I’m sure that as a professional, we have to have different coloured suits in the workplace. Well, it’s time to pull those lighter colours out of your closet. As dark greys and blacks tend to absorb heat from the sun more effectively, we want to make sure you don’t feel trapped in your suit-sauna. Make sure that your suits are not only light in fabric, but also light in colour to protect your body from the scorching heat.
Wear an Undershirt
Contrary to popular belief, some undershirts are designed to provide proper ventilation. Choosing adequate undershirt can make you feel cooler and more comfortable, as well as prevent sweat from reaching your shirt. If you don’t already have one, maybe it’s time to consider trying it out. You can try these AIRism undershirts from Uniqlo.
Keep Extra Shirts On Your Desk
What beats the feeling of changing into a fresh, ironed shirt after having a crazy sweat session in your suit? It’s hard to imagine. Only as a last resort, you should consider keeping one or two fresh shirts in your desk drawer, or your car. Who knows you might need it one day!
Keep a Handkerchief Handy
Last but not least, be sure to keep a handkerchief handy to wipe the sweat off your brow. For hygiene, handkerchiefs are not only useful, but they are also less wasteful in comparison to the use of tissues. Although their function is most appropriate when lent to other people in need, the handkerchief is genuinely essential. Additionally, think of all the variations and ways you can accessorize with this small, flimsy, yet powerful piece of fabric!
In addition to these, you can also try wearing a strong antiperspirant, keeping a portable fan with you, and showering with lukewarm water. There are millions of tips on how to keep fresh in the summer, but I bet nothing beats having an air conditioner wafting cold air in front of your face.
Fundamentally, however, is to make sure that you take care of yourself from the inside out. If you don’t hydrate enough and nourish yourself properly, it’s going to take a lot for you to be able to cope with the summertime heat finally.