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Don't Sweat Your Suits This Summer

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.

 

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