As the country basks in an unusually prolonged spell of warm May sunshine, it appears Spring attire may have to be put to one side unseasonably early in favour of full-on summer garb.
Given the UK’s climate, it doesn’t pay to count one’s chickens too early. But with the mercury already nudging the mid-20s on a consistent basis, what if - just what if - the current clement weather continues into the warmer months to come?
How do you dress to impress when temperatures start to push - dare we whisper it - 30 degrees Celsius?
Even if the inevitable does happen and we get torrential rain in time for Wimbledon, time spent thinking about hot weather outfits now will not be wasted if you have a holiday abroad planned for later in the summer.
Whether for work or pleasure, we can’t spend every day of sunshine dressed for the beach. So here are some tips for dressing sharp in high temperatures without becoming a flustered, sweaty wreck.
Your shirt is the cornerstone of your summer outfits. Even the notoriously strict rules on army uniform recognise there is a point where ‘shirt sleeve order’ is necessary to maintain comfort without letting standards slip. So if it is good enough for the sergeant major, cast off that jacket and be free!
But opting for the shirt-only look does raise a few considerations. You will want to avoid sweat stains at all costs, as without a jacket or blazer, there is nothing to hide behind. Choice of fabric is crucial here, and breathable cotton or linen are hard to beat. For a more casual look, loose-woven denim-like chambray is also a good pick.
You also need to consider colour - dark shades will show sweat more obviously, which is one reason for opting for pastel shades. Lighter colours are also better at reflecting heat from the sun, rather than adsorbing it close to your body. Finally, patterned fabric is also good for concealing those awkward damp patches when the sun is really beating down. Just don’t forget a good deodorant!
At Richard Smith Bespoke we have a great collection of ready to wear printed shirts including Liberty prints.
There are times when you just can’t avoid wearing a jacket and tie, no matter how hot it is. And nor should you want to. With a few careful choices, you can look fantastic and keep cool in a tailor-made summer suit.
Again, choice of fabric is essential. Linen suits are popular because the material is so breathable, but it also crumples easily. Cotton is a better option, especially bespoke weaves like Seersucker, which creates a slightly corrugated effect with alternate coloured and white stripes that allows air to circulate freely.
Also, lightweight Merino wool makes a surprisingly good choice for a formal summer suit. Like cotton, it is not only breathable but absorbs moisture well, taking sweat away from the body.
Getting the right cut of suit is important if you want to feel as well as look cool. A skilled tailor will adjust the design to accentuate airflow and be able to leave out jacket linings that would otherwise raise the temperature considerably without affecting the way the garment hangs.
Now that you’ve got the lowdown on high style in high temperatures, don’t delay booking that first appointment with your tailor - you never know when the weather will change! Contact us todayto arrange to visit us for measurements and to select your fabrics.