August 03, 2016 by
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When you think of summer, you probably think of something pleasant — poolside cocktails and never-ending boat rides. That’s cool and all, but for many of us, a more true-to-life version would depict starched dress shirts turned translucent by sweat after a short walk to a favorite lunch spot.
Fact is, that glowing fireball in the sky does more than provide that coveted sun-kissed skin tone: it can make wearing a suit to work a living hell. So we put together a list of tips to help you keep cool while you’re dressed to the nines.
• Keep your hot spots under control with Dry Down® Friction-Free Powder. Its talc-free formula contains cornstarch to help quickly absorb moisture; cucumber to help regulate moisture and reduce itching; and lavender to soothe while also providing anti-bacterial properties.
• For a quick cooldown, keep a bottle of our Cool Moisture Body Lotion on hand. The lightweight formula cools on contact, helping to calm and refresh overheated skin.
• Hold off on wearing your jacket and tie until you make it to the office.
• If the C-suite is cool with open collars, swap out your tie for a less restrictive (but nonetheless classy) pocket square. That undone button will help excess heat escape.
• Fabrics matter (of course). And you have plenty to choose from. Fresco (or high-twisted wool), cotton, seersucker, linen, and even chambray are all good options.
• The bulk of the heat generated while wearing a suit comes from the suit’s lining and shoulder pads, so wear a half-lined or unlined suit jacket.
• Stick to lighter colors — lighter blues, grays, and tans — that are much better at reflecting the sun’s heat that would normally be absorbed by dark blue or black suits.
• Swap out your oxfords for a nice pair of loafers.
• Keep a stash of deodorant, cologne, and a fresh shirt at the office.
• Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.