5 simple ways to stay cool in office wear

It’s difficult to feel like anything other than a complete square with corporate attire. Here’s how to switch things up and keep your temperature cool, without being too informal.

Don’t wear a tie
Don’t wear a tie
03 Nov 2015

Don’t wear a tie

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Unless you’re scheduled for an important board meeting that day, you won’t need a tie. Instead, keep your shirt untucked and undo the top button or two of your shirt. This allows decent airflow and will stop you from getting hot under the collar.

Do limit your fabric
Do limit your fabric
03 Nov 2015

Do limit your fabric

If your office has a relaxed policy on shorts at work, then keep them to neutral black, grey, navy or khaki tones to maximise your dapperness. Chino shorts are ideal for the job. Take it to the next level by ironing a crease down the front, as you would with formal trousers, giving you that extra pizzazz.

Chinos, Brunello Cucinelli

Don’t forget socks
Don’t forget socks
03 Nov 2015

Don’t forget socks

Bare feet stuck in closed-toe shoes produce a stinky wetness. Socks absorb this moisture, preventing a nasty odour. The only exception to this rule is when you’re in shorts. A socks and cut-offs combo is definitely not a professional look.

Do avoid linings
Do avoid linings
03 Nov 2015

Do avoid linings

There’s nothing more off-putting than those big, wet sweat patches over your back and pits. Avoid them with jackets that are unlined and don’t come with an extra layer of material. We’re massive advocates of the soft-constructed suit jacket; it’s lighter, more breathable and feels much less stuffy.

Don’t carry so many things
Don’t carry so many things
03 Nov 2015

Don’t carry so many things

Lugging around documents, gadgets and books in separate bags is a major, sweaty hassle. Invest in a stylish man-bag instead, like a leather satchel or a soft briefcase that’s fitted with an internal pocket for your tablet or laptop.

Pedro two-way briefcase and backpack, $129

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