How To Stay Cool In A Suit In The Summer


William Wilson ThinkingOne of the most asked questions I get in the summer is “Aren’t you hot in that suit?” People are usually surprised when I say, “No not any hotter than anyone else.” I mean, don’t get me wrong, when it’s 100 degrees outside, hot is hot. I’d be lying if I said I never got hot. But when it’s 100 degrees outside, you could be butt naked and you’d still be hot. There is no way around that. However, that doesn’t mean you have to be miserable in the summer either. Here are 2 ways to stay as cool as possible in the summer heat.

1. Wear the proper weight wool. Not all suit fabrics are created for every season. Some suits that are awesome in the winter, are a wearable sweat box in the summer.  I live in Charlotte North Carolina, it doesn’t get cold enough, or for long enough, to purchase suits made of winter wool. I often refrain from even showing my clients winter wools. A lightweight summer wool is obviously optimum. But if you want to get the most from your money, a medium weight wool is preferred. It’s a little warmer, but not much; and you can wear it all year long. Keep in mind, the suits you wear in the summer will need to be dry cleaned more often. So to keep a proper rotation, and maintain the longevity of your suits, have an appropriate quantity of suits. If you wear suits everyday for work, you should have at least 10 suits. 2 weeks is the proper wear time between suits.

2. Stay away from cotton t-shirts. As you know, I am a huge proponent of wearing undershirts. Wearing t-shirts under your shirts not only provide a brighter and fresher looking shirt, it protects the shirt from being worn out too soon from body sweat, and direct skin contact. But as we all know, cotton t-shirts don’t breath very well once they’re wet from sweat. Having a dress shirt that breathes, but an undershirt that doesn’t is like, trying to give someone CPR with their mouth closed. The air is there, but it just gets blocked. What’s the solution? I recommend polyester/spandex t-shirts. They breathe better, they dry quicker and they are light weight. For those wondering what a polyester/spandex shirt is, think Nike Dri-Fit, or the Under Armour material. Though they will have you believe they have some miracle fabric, it’s just a polyester t-shirt, with a percentage of spandex to make it stretchable. You can normally find them for about $13-$17/ each. Though I offer them for $10 for my clients. However, if you like the t-shirt feel, there are 100% polyester shirts that have a cotton feel as well. It isn’t as flexible, but it provides the feel you’re accustomed to, without the headaches of cotton t-shirts.

I hope this helps you stay a little cooler in what appears to be another summer of record heat. Until next time…..

Got bless and dress well.

William Wilson, CEO

William Wilson Clothing

Follow William on Twitter: @TheClothier

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