In hot climates, it’s okay to show a little skin.
In addition to investing in some lightweight breathable fabrics, the key to keeping your body temperature down is letting the neck and chest breathe.
Here, some hot weather necklines to help you stay cool.
1. Heat Wave Casual
Remember that week we had over 100 degrees (40+ Celsius)? I was wearing something like this.
Loose, flowy, 100 % linen open-neck henley + unlined cotton shorts. It doesn’t get much cooler – feeling close to naked.
As you know, I believe that man looks best in a fitted, tailored silhouette – in my opinion it’s the most flattering for the male physique. However, in hot climates, looser, flowy-er clothing can look more appropriate (which is a criteria for looking “stylish”).
Bonus Tip: This type of easy throw-over is also perfect for a beach vacation.
Bonus Tip II: These 100% organic wooden shades stay cool on the skin, don’t stick to moisture, and float in the ocean!
Bonus Tip III: If you’re going to show this much skin, make sure your body is ready. A gym-prepared physique, some light man-grooming and a tan will help pull this look off. (Without the tan is okay too I guess…I probably should have shot this after the beach getaway).
Linen henley Club Monaco (sample). Navy chino shorts by Theory (34). Watch by Brera Orologi. Rail road spike cuff and rope belt by Giles & Brother. Shades by Shwood. Leather strap sandals by Mercanti Forentini.
2. Off to the Beach – Tank Layering
Heading to a weekend getaway on the beach, doing more tank layering.
Bonus Tip: A short-sleeve seersucker shirt is perfect for off-the-beach activities on your beach vacation (as is a graphic tank top). With a pair of well-fitting summer jeans you also have an easy look for a night out in beachtown.
Bonus Tip II: Here I’m using the strap from my bag as a belt – the perfect way to match your leathers, and save packing space. It has clips on both ends that can attach to belt loops and it has an adjustable buckle – not much different than a traditional belt. In fact, just different enough.
Short-sleeved seersucker shirt by Land’s End (purchased at WalMart, S). Graphic tank by PegLeg NYC (L). Vintage Levis jeans. Leather duffle by Lotuff & Clegg. Belt is the shoulder strap from the duffle bag. Shades (in pocket) by Shwood. Watch by Brera Orologi. Railroad spike cuff by Giles & Brother. Leather strap sandals by Mercanti Forentini.
3. Summer Knit
There are knits for every season, including the summer. This is a very thin (almost see-through) cotton/silk blend with a low-cut neckhole. It looks like a dressy sweater, but feels lighter than a t-shirt.
Bonus Tip: This is the perfect look for a “nice” dinner or “fancy” summer evening event. It looks put-together and suave, but breethes much better than a traditional collared shirt. Keeping the neck cool and open goes a long way in keeping your body temperature down.
Bonus Tip II: Lightweight wool hopsack (think loosely woven and textured) is a very underrated warm-weather fabric. These suit pants – from the grey hopsack suit in my new collection are a great alternatives to cotton or linen summer trousers. The best part is, the grey color makes this suit appropriate for at least 3 seasons.
Cotton/silk knit by Theory (M). Trousers (part of suit) by MAB by Dan Trepanier (available here). Watch by Brera Orologi. Railroad spike cuff and leather strap bracelet by Giles & Brother. Loafers by Bally. Frames by Matsuda.
4. Opening Band
Band collar pullovers are some of my favorite summer shirts. Having no collar on the back of your neck, along with a few buttons undone to air out the chest, allows you to feel the breeze and stay cool.
Bonus Tip: Matching your leathers and metals with a casual outfit makes it look more chic and put-together.
5. Loosen Up
Don’t be afraid to loosen up a few buttons on a washed shirt. This summer I’ve been wearing up to 4 buttons open – even with a suit.
It’s not just suave European men that can get away with this.
Bonus Tip: Summery fabrics, like this soft cotton shirt and linen pants, fit best with a low neckline.
Bonus Tip II: Groom your chest hair, don’t shave it. Once a month or so I run clippers over my chest with a 2 guard. It keeps it trimmed and clean but still masculine.
Thanks, as always, for reading. Stay cool.
Yours in style,