Now that I am moving to Austin there is one thing that I keep thinking about…..how to dress nicely in the Texas heat lol. As much as this may sound like an extremely vain concern, it’s a true concern!
I am used to living in the San Francisco Bay, where most days and nights the weather is pretty chilly, and it’s easy to dress up in layers, suit up and look as sharp as I want. Now in the heat, that can be a challenge, so I’ve done some work and put together a short list of what to wear in the heat.
First some key guiding principles that some of us already know:
- Choose light and breathable fabrics.
- Linen is a great choice if you must wear a suit.
- 100% cotton clothes are also great.
- Stick to light colors such as white and pastels.
- Make your shoes the statement piece and Go sock-less when you can.
- Wear looser shirts, and try to stay away from skin tight pieces.
Choose Light weight fabrics and If you Need to Wear a Suit then go for Linen
Linen is a wise choice if you have to wear a suit or a blazer in the heat. I would wear a nice short sleeve t-shirt underneath it instead of a proper long sleeve shirt. And yes it’s ok, you will still look very well dressed. For those of you who are more visual here are some choices:
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Lighter Colors are Better
Just try wearing black in the heat, it makes you 100 times warmer. Light fabrics and light colors is key.
Cotton is also a great option for Light Weight materials
If you can’t stand linen then choose a cotton suit. Cotton is a light fabric and you can basically find anything made from cotton.
Here are 2 options made from cotton:
OLIVER SPENCER Theobald Unstructured Herringbone Cotton Blazer $580
Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Two Button Oxford Weave Blazer
I mentioned wearing a short sleeve shirt with your linen blazer and for that I prefer a nice crewneck shirt. I am not a fan of wearing regular t-shirts or a v-neck. I think crewneck is super classy. And please no print!
Ribbed Crewneck T-Shirt JOHN VARVATOS COLLECTION $148
Another option for the summer is pairing nice slacks with a Polo Shirt
If you know just how to pick the right pieces, you can wear a polo shirt with nice slacks and look super chick. Just make sure that it is a very nice polo and be careful with what prints and designs you choose.
I am obsessed with this Justin Bieber look and I think he looks dapper here. Again careful with the prints, he nailed it!
A simpler but just as chick option:
Jersey Polo PAL ZILERI $195
Versace Short-Sleeve Polo Shirt, Blue $325.00
Noose & Monkey Jersey Polo Shirt with Logo $48.00
Let Your Sunnies do The Talk
Have you ever felt that even though your outfit seemed on point, something looked off? It is probably your sunglasses’ fault.
This is a critical mistake we see many guys doing. A nice outfit (especially a suit) with a “oakley sports sunglasses” looks terrible. Choose the right sunnies and avoid looking bad guys.
Don’t Go for Silk
You may be tempted to buy silk because it feels cool and light on the body but it’s not breathable and thus tend to retain the heat and you end up sweating even more. Even worse than that is the huge sweat stain you get when you sweat in silk.
Again a light weight 100% cotton shirt in a light color will always be the best option.
The only silk item that is good for the summer is a nice silk tie. That can sure add a nice touch to your look.
We talked a lot about blazers and shirts but I don’t want to forget to mention the Chinos!
Chinos are great for summer and it’s nice when you wear the ones that you can show some ankle and go sockless.
Going sock-less is also another way to stay a little cooler when it’s 100 degrees outside. And it makes you look really cool, but you do need to have nice shoes.
The backless loafers are really trending this year and it’s a great option for a summer chick look.
Gucci New Kings Slide Loafer $670And again remember not to wear skin tight clothes…
Summer can be brutal and if you wear tight clothes you are going to make yourself even more miserable. Choose loose more comfortable pieces instead!
And last but not least…..the good old Handkerchief May Come in Handy
The handkerchief is such a good accessory for the summer…it’s classy and nothing wipes off sweat quite like it lol!
Geoffrey Beene 5 Pack Handkerchiefs $9.99
Alright guys, wish me luck! I should be joining the Texas heat in less than 3 weeks lol. Let me know if you have any other tips I didn’t mention, and have a great rest of your week.