Waking up in a pool of sweat this morning, I am reminded that summer is truly upon us. Therefore, under the watchful eye of a blistering midday sun, I present to you a guide for choosing clothing that’ll keep you cooler this season.

Avoid the light blue

The worst colour for revealing sweat patches is light blue, closely followed by lemon and peach. If you are planning to go for brighter hues with work wear, make sure you incorporate an ultra light, ash-grey undershirt with moisture wicking technology to prevent embarrassment.

Keep those fabrics summer approved

There’s a reason that seersucker and linen are featured items time and again in summer fashion line-ups; these woven fabrics minimise the surface area that comes into contact with the skin, ergo, keeping you fresher for longer.

Jacket linings begone!

If you’re one of those unfortunate souls who simply must wear a blazer or suit jacket to work, do yourself a favour and ensure you purchase yourself a summer alternative. Traditional work jackets feature extra lining; somewhat akin to an extra lightweight sweater’s worth of fabric insulating you.

Breathable footwear

If formality will allow it, try to ensure you’re wearing footwear that allows heat to dissipate easily. You’d be amazed at the number of semi-formal options that are available for men.


If you do choose to go sockless, make sure you apply plenty of good quality, unscented talcum powder on your feet before you leave the house.

Lose the accessories

Junk the extra material you don’t have a need for. Your diamond encrusted Rolex may feel like a status symbol in the winter, but come the 90-degree heat it’s just a sweat magnet; ditch the watches, neckties and other assorted accoutrements wherever possible.

About The Author

Johnathan Bell is the founder, owner and main author of Guy Style Guide, a website dedicated to everyday male fashion, style and grooming. The primary mission? To guide clueless men through the tricky mindfield that is the growing world of male couture. Find him on , Twitter and Tumblr.