Ah, Summer! What a wonderful time of year; the flowers are in full bloom, the evenings are long and there’s not a rain cloud in sight. But inevitably there is a downside to all this sunshine; offices without air-conditioning, poorly ventilated public transportation and restrictive uniforms can leave us feeling somewhat less than fresh.
Here are a few clothing and grooming tips to help keep you cool and odor free during the blistering seasonal heat.
Thin & Natural. Always consider breathable fabrics like cotton and linen over synthetics; while they may be more difficult to maintain, they do have the added benefit of keeping you cooler with their open weave. You may also want to try apparel with special moisture-wicking technology too; this will help keep any wetness away from your skin, which in turn will help prevent odor-causing bacteria from multiplying.
Simplify. Throw out your heat-trapping layers and keep things simple. Wherever possible, substitute summer-styled alternatives like short sleeved shirts. However, don’t resort to sloppy behavior; you still need to remember your style rules!
Try a looser, more traditional fit. Although I often champion a fitted shirt, traditional ‘boxier’ cuts tend to be more forgiving during the summer months heat-wise; just endeavor to keep your sizing as accurate as possible.
Try an antiperspirant. Use the sweat-blocking power of an antiperspirant instead of a regular body spray to help keep yourself a little dryer this season.
Consider the evening weather. It can be difficult to keep warm when slipping from the blistering afternoon heat into the cooler confines of the evening; consider taking along a very lightweight cotton sweater just to keep the chill off your arms.
Thin out your hair. Ask your barber or stylist to take a little more off the top than usual; the shorter, thinner style should help excess heat escape more easily from your head.
Swap out balms and creams for gels and oils. Be it moisturizer or cologne, you’ll feel fresher and happier applying thinner substances to your skin, as the lighter viscosity will allow for easy evaporation.
Perform any exercise early in the morning or late in the evening. You’ll be able to avoid the strong midday sun and not feel so ‘hot & sticky’ afterwards either.