The Dog Days of Summer: Beat the Heat and Still Dress Professionally

The Dog Days of Summer: Beat the Heat and Still Dress Professionally

Nothing puts a damper on getting dressed in the morning more than stepping outside and having your outfit (and hair!) adversely affected by the sweltering weather. In the midst of changing seasons, and changing times, let’s turn up the heat on our fashion game and dress appropriately for the season while still bringing style to everything we do.

Cotton, Linen and Silk

Professional attire is often made with heavy fabrics unsuited for warm weather, so when the temperature rises and humidity strikes, strike back with natural fiber fabrics. The top three choices for hot and humid weather include cotton, linen and silk. We highlight these materials because they work best to absorb sweat and allow the skin to breathe. Another advantage of these materials is that they are usually lightweight, flowing, comfortable and they absorb moisture rather than repelling it, making a little bit of perspiration more bearable.

The Fit

Along this thought, the fit of your clothing in hot weather is also important. Avoid tight or extremely form fitting clothing and opt instead for loose or billowy styles if you can.

Color Matters

Get playful and have fun with color and accessories. White and other light colors can help keep you cool by reflecting light and heat. Also, stick to white items in linen and cotton if you don’t want to risk flaunting those dreaded underarm sweat rings.


Ditch the sleeves if you can and dress in lighter layers. For men and women, shake things up and try capris, culottes, skirts, shorts or sandals (when appropriate.) Opt for short sleeves or roll your long sleeves to 3/4 length or higher and explore button-up shirts made in lighter fabrics. 

David Edwards Clothier has a variety of limited edition men’s clothing from international designers such as Jaime Hemsani and Edo Popken to inject new life into your days.  Breathable fabrics will meet all of your late summer seasonal needs. During these final days of heat and sunshine, hoping everyone is staying cool, safe and healthy!

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