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Summer Suit Question

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Hi guys,

Longtime lurker, suddenly finding himself pretty desperate. My job requires full suit and tie five days a week (which is fine by me), but the last few days the heat here in New York has been unbearable. How can I possibly keep myself looking sharp (my position requires a great deal of client contact) when the temperature rises towards 100 degrees? I have actually thought about carrying my business clothing in a garment bag and changing into them once I arrive, but I don't want to look like some kid who can't handle himself in buisness (I am 24), but I also don't want to sweat up a storm on my way in. Any advice to beat the heat without going from dapper to drippy?

Thanks
post #2 of 13
unlined linen suit
post #3 of 13
Linen most likely isn't suitable for NYC business, especially if a lot of client contact is involved. Try un-/partially-lined frescos and other loosen woven, high-twsit wool cloths. Even those will be stifling at those temperatures, so the best solution is to try to cut your time outside as much as possible.
post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by SuitGuy24
I have actually thought about carrying my business clothing in a garment bag and changing into them once I arrive, but I don't want to look like some kid who can't handle himself in buisness (I am 24), but I also don't want to sweat up a storm on my way in.
I carry my clothes and change in the gym across the street from my office. Kind of a pain but beats starting the day soaked in perspiration.
post #5 of 13
Lower ounce wools, cotton, linen on occasion
post #6 of 13
When it's this hot, no sartorial tricks can save you. Suffering and sweating are inevitable.

If you want to go bespoke, there are several things you can do to mitigate the heat. But most of those things are not available RTW.
post #7 of 13
Simplest solution is probably just to keep fresh shirts in the office, and carry your jacket on the way to work instead of wearing it.
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by Manton
When it's this hot, no sartorial tricks can save you. Suffering and sweating are inevitable.



Bollocks, I thought sartorial tricks was always the answer to all of life's problems.
post #9 of 13
Well as long as you spend most of your day indoors: You could wear a light weight undershirt (lighter than the avg FTL or Hanes stuff), carry around those Kleenex Wipes that come in little packets in your pcket, and use a facial toner midday to get some of the grease that accumalates on such hot days. Ought to help.
post #10 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by Manton
When it's this hot, no sartorial tricks can save you. Suffering and sweating are inevitable.

If you want to go bespoke, there are several things you can do to mitigate the heat. But most of those things are not available RTW.
LOL, Manton the Sartorial Calvinist!
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by lawyerdad
LOL, Manton the Sartorial Calvinist!
I don't know where you are, but in Manhattan today it is 98 with about 99% humidity. I think in one of his sermons, Calvin said hell was only about 95/85.
post #12 of 13
Just stay away from khaki cotton suits. "I'm calm. I'm calm!"
post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the responses. I wish I was in a financial position to get a few special suits just for these exceptionally hot days, maybe in a few years and a promotion or two. I sprang for a cab today, that helped a great deal!
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