Keeping up the style credentials while keeping cool in the summer heat is easy. As long as you know how... Devouring bucket loads of ice cream and going shirtless is not the answer. Here are five tips to help you stay cool, and look cool, this summer.
There is a perennial debate over whether men should ditch the socks in the summer and our answer is yes. Just so long as you follow a few simple rules...
Choose your shoes wisely: loafers, driving shoes, espadrilles and thin-soled derbies (for the office) all work without socks. If you are worried about sweaty feet then don’t actually go sockless, you can wear a pair of invisible socks. If you don’t have invisible socks to hand, rub a stick of deodorant on the sides of your feet to help stop the chaffing and whiff.
It's also important to get your trouser length and style spot on. Only go sockless with tailored shorts, slim chinos or cropped trousers. No baggy ankles please.
Show some ankle
Shorts are a pretty obvious way to keep the flow of air around those hairy legs, but if you are going to wear trousers, go for a slightly cropped pair and reveal some ankle flesh. As well as helping your legs to breathe, cropped trousers should up your sartorial rating this summer. Make sure you trouser hem sits about two inches from the top of your shoe.
Wear a vest
The Italians wear vests under their shirts all year round, and they are the doyennes of dapper dressing, so simply follow their lead and you too can pull off a vest. And why? Because it will keep you cool believe it or not. When the heat rises, a vest is a prerequisite under a shirt, as it will keep the sweat from penetrating your shirt.
Choose your fabrics wisely
Natural fabrics such as cotton and linen are the only way to dress, as they are so much more breathable than synthetic materials such as polyester. With the right fabric, you can even sport a three-piece suit in the summer, as Tom Hiddleston proved recently at Wimbledon. Just make sure you choose a wool and cotton or linen mix, go for a half lining and a light colour. The same applies to a jacket or blazer.
Look slick in shorts
Shorts are a surefire way to stay cool, but to maintain your style standing away from the beach, opt for smart, crisp, well-tailored shorts in classic simple solid colours. Navy, khaki, blue and beige chino style shorts worn with a linen shirt of cotton tee makes for a cool and calm off duty ensemble.
It is also worth carrying a few essential accessories such as a handkerchief to dab away the sweat and bring the shade with you by wearing a hat – a panama is a stylish choice.
How to roll the perfect sleeve
This may seem a little mundane, but instead of hurriedly rolling up your sleeves, for a more refined finish, follow these simple steps:
1. Fold the cuff inside out and pull the end up to meet your elbow.
2. Fold the bottom up until it reaches the top of the cuff.
3. Smooth out the edges of the fold.
4. Shimmy the cuff up to the desired spot.
Now you should look like this...?
Tom Hiddleston at Wimbledon