23 Apr Keeping Cool in a Suit
As we move into Spring and transition to Summer, the most common complaint we hear from men is that wearing a suit is just too hot. We’re here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be. Just follow these simple tips to keep cool, so you can enjoy the summer weather and still look great.
Natural fibers are one of the best ways to keep cool. Their natural composition makes them unique when compared to synthetic fibers because they are very breathable. This means that instead of keeping the heat close to your body, they allow it to pass through the suit or shirt and keep you cool. Some of our favorite natural fibers include light weight tropical wool, cotton, bamboo, linen, and silk.
Consider keeping a portable fan at your desk. An extra breeze should never be underestimated on a hot day. You can also keep an extra undershirt or even dress shirt on hand, for those of us who find ourselves too often in sticky situations.
Changing your Routine
In summer months, I schedule appointments early in the day when it’s cool outside and before getting beat down by our hot humid summer weather. Your client will be fresher too, so it’s a more productive time of day.
Small steps such as showering at a more moderate temperature can help keep you cool throughout the day. Overly hot or cold water can throw off your body’s natural heat signals. Cold water makes your body think it is cold, and prevents it from cooling itself down naturally leading to more heat buildup internally. Hot water obviously makes your body think it is hot, so it will try its best to cool itself down. To really fight the sweat, wait 10 minutes after showering and before dressing so your body can return to its normal temperature.
Another way to change your routine is to eat lighter meals. That means no 911 sauce or insanely spicy foods from your favorite restaurant at lunch. Nothing leads to sweat like large portions, or spicy food.