Seasons change, but most of the time dress codes don’t. Or at least they don’t change because of seasons. Just because it’s 90 degrees outside, doesn’t mean you can show up for work in a tank top that shows off your midriff. Your boss would definitely say something.
Showing up in a tank top might be a bad idea anyway, because if it’s that hot out the ac will most likely be blasting, and you won’t be able to work comfortably if you’re freezing. But at the same time, you don’t want to feel like you’re melting when you leave the office to complete a task or head home after a long day.
Bringing an entire change of clothes to work would be a time consuming hassle, so I’ve put together a few tips for both men and women that will help beat the heat while still remaining comfortable inside of the office.
Not only will wearing something under a button up shirt keep you warmer in the office AC, you can easily remove it at the end of the day and you’ll feel instantly cooler in the summer sun.
Thin lightweight tanks are what you’re going to want if you’re a woman. Normal shirts may add unwanted bulk.
For men, moisture wicking shirts are the way to go. They are made to pull moisture away from your skin keeping you dry from sweat.
Blazers are basically professional cardigans. Wearing an outfit that can be with or without a blazer is a great way for you to stay warm in the office ac and stay cool in the summer sun.
The best blazers for summer comfort are ones that have little to no interlining. The extra fabric will trap heat and make you feel hotter.
Women have the luxury of being able to take their blazer on and off while still looking professional. Men can’t always do that, because sometimes the blazer is what makes their look. Cooler options for men include vests and suspenders.
Wearing sleeves that can easily be rolled up or down makes an easy transition when going from indoors to outdoors and vice versa.
An option for women is to wear shirts that have a wide bell sleeve. The big armhole feels breezy and doesn’t stick to skin.
Unfortunately sweat doesn’t disappear when you walk into the office. Clothing that has a tighter fit, like pencil skirts or skinny pants, are more likely to stick to your skin and make you feel sweatier.
It’s a really gross feeling when you stand up and feel sweat dripping down your legs. Looser clothing won’t stick as much and feels a lot breezier, so you can comfortably get up to go update your coworker on the latest project.
Like fit, the material of your clothing can make you feel hotter or cooler. Avoid things like polyester and nylon and go for cotton, lace, or sheer materials.
You should also take weight into consideration, a heavy duty tweed jacket might look nice, but it’s not ideal for the summer season.
Black absorbs and white reflects. An all black outfit might look sleek, but you definitely won’t feel as sharp as you look. Stay cool by wearing white and other lighter colors, just be careful not to choose anything that will make a huge visible sweat stain on your back.
Closed toed pumps are a classic women’s shoe, but in warm weather, your feet may feel hot and slippery. The last thing you want is to fall on your face while delivering papers to your boss because your foot slipped out of your shoe. Open toed shoes will allow your feet to feel the air and give your toes breathing room.
Sorry guys, the only open toed option you really have are sandals, which are too casual for the office. Luckily there are styles of dress shoes that are breathable and keep your feet dry from sweat.
If you’re having trouble finding breathable dress shoes, or you want your feet to be extra dry, there’s breathable gel shoe inserts.
There’s not just breathable shirts and shoes, but there’s breathable socks and underwear too, for both men and women!
For women wearing panty hose, try a thigh high pair instead of something that is one piece and goes all the way to your stomach. The elastic can feel suffocating and make your midriff feel sweaty.
Women should also choose a bra that is made of cotton and isn’t heavily lined, but is still supportive.
Men aren’t left out though, you can find a variety of breathable underwear and socks that will circulate air flow to make you cooler. Although you can probably find styles like this at your local department store, there’s a very slim chance you’ll find something like Tommy John’s men’s underwear
Tommy John is known for their “no adjustment needed” underwear, which is constructed with premium fabric and 360 stretch ability.Features such as a contour pouch and stay put waistband help them stand out against other underwear styles.
The cool thing is that this product was developed by a young, professional traveler whose goal was to eliminate the feeling of uncomfortable underwear. The result is a high quality garment that feels like you aren’t wearing anything.
Since the design was based off of experience, I’d say he knows what he’s doing.
Don’t worry ladies, when it comes to hair, chopping off several inches isn’t the only option for keeping cool. Wearing your hair up makes you feel cooler by getting it off of your neck. You can still wear your hair down for work if you want, just always have a pony tail or hair clip handy so you can put it up before you walk into the heat.
This goes for guys with long hair too. Now is the time to rock the man bun. And, the less facial hair you have, the cooler you’ll feel.
Even if you do everything you possibly can to beat the heat, it’s likely you’ll still sweat at least a little bit sometime throughout the day. Taking deodorant, perfume/cologne, and facial wipes such as oil blotting sheets with you to work is never a bad idea.
Freshening up after a lunch break won’t only help you finish your work, but do a good job. I know I can concentrate better when I feel refreshed.
Don’t forget to stay hydrated this summer either!
dress well. eat well. live well.
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