How to survive long sleeve shirts in the office during Summertime?
Dressing to impress on the job doesn’t take a vacation just because summer rolls around. Wearing long sleeve dress shirts can be a pain if done incorrectly. They can be itchy, bunching, heat-trapping nightmares. But that’s not the shirt’s fault. Here we will introduce you to a few concepts to stay cool when the weather warms up, regardless of office attire policy.
Select light colors
One of the easiest ways to beat the heat is to choose the right color. This is an idea that goes back to primary school science class. Dark colors attract and hold heat while light colors repel it. That translates to lower body temperature and a happier you.
Original Stitch Pick: Original Stitch Summer Collection.
Wear breathable fabrics
Next, you’re going to want to take a look at the fabrics you’re using. Most men already know that cotton is king, but did you know that thread count, and weave are the real heat saving qualities possessed by this super fabric? The higher the thread count, the finer the yarn, the silkier the material. But don’t get caught up in just skin feel. Look for an open weave as well. Simply, hold the shirt to the light. Can you see small gaps in the fabric? Congrats, you’ve got yourself breathable summer cotton.
Original Stitch Pick: Original Stitch Aqua Blue cotton dress shirt
Opt for a casual vibe
Just because you’re wearing long-sleeved shirts to work does not mean you have to give it the same wintertime treatment. Yes, buttoning up to the collar is a smart look. But rolling up your sleeves and letting a button or two loose is a great way to play it cool.
Here are a few bonus tips to beating the heat with accessories:
- Wear unlined jackets. They do away with layers of fabric.
- Look into linen. It’s a versatile fabric that breathes well in the summertime.
- A 100% cotton undershirt will protect outerwear from sweat and antiperspirant stains.
- Go loafers and go sockless.