Summertime is one of the hardest times of the year to wear a suit. Yet the reality is, you still have to make money and make a strong impression, any time of the year. How can you make that killer impression you want to make, without burning up inside in the summer months? These tips will help.
The Massive Benefit of Wearing Suits in the Summer
There are a couple reasons people wear suits in summer.
One common reason is that you just don’t have a choice. It’s company policy. That said, it’s pretty rare that companies will force you to wear a suit, especially if they’re aware of the weather. More often than not, companies will relax their dress codes in summer to accommodate for the heat, unless you’re spending your whole day indoors.
More often than not, men who wear suits in summer do so because they want to make a statement. If it’s smoldering hot outside yet you still put on a suit, you’re saying something. You’re telling the world that you’re professional and that you care about making the right impression – Even if it costs you some personal sacrifice.
Imagine an investor who’s meeting with ten people throughout the day. If nine out of ten show up with well-pressed dress shirt but only one person shows up impeccably dressed in a suit, who do you think is going to make the strongest impression? The man in the suit, of course.
Tips for Comfort
If possible, avoid wearing black suits or dark blue suits. Instead opt for grey suits, or for social occasions an almost-white suit. Dark colors absorb sunlight more and pull in more heat than lighter colors, which makes them that much more uncomfortable in summer.
Consider purchasing a summer suit. A summer suit is made of silk, linen, wool or other types of materials that promote more airflow and release more heat. If you’re going to be going to formal events regularly during the summer, having a great summer suit can make a huge difference.
Should You Buy a Summer Suit?
The biggest question you need to ask yourself is: Will you sweat?
If you’re going to be mildly uncomfortable in a regular suit but it’s unnoticeable, then you could very well get by without buying a summer suit. On the other hand, if you’re going to be sweating, which makes you look very unprofessional, then you should probably go ahead and get that summer suit.
Look at yourself in the mirror after wearing your suit for an hour or two. How do you look? Do you look sharp and professional? Or do you look sweaty and disheveled? Use this “two-hour-mirror” image to determine whether or not to purchase a summer suit.
What to Look for in a Suit for Summer
Whether you’re looking for a summer specific suit or a regular suit you can wear in summer, here are a few of the most important things you should look for.
First, you want the suit to allow air. You don’t want a suit that feels stuffy or hot, especially when you’re just trying it on in the changing room.
You want your suit to fit perfectly. It should hug your body and you should look sharp and professional. You can absolutely buy a suit that hugs your body without feeling like it’s trapping all the heat and air inside.
Look in the mirror and see if the suit gives off the impression you want. If you’re going to be wearing a suit in summer, you really want that suit to say something about you. People are going to pay attention to the fact that you’re wearing a suit. So make your suit really count.
Wearing a summer suit isn’t something you do out of rote or routine. Instead, it’s something you do out of choice – Something that draws people’s attentions. Make sure you pay attention to both your own personal comfort and how you look. Though you can sacrifice some comfort for a great look, if you end up sweating through your clothes you’ll end up ruining both. Wearing a suit in summer is tougher than the rest of the year, but it gives you an incredible opportunity to make an impression.