Originally Posted by darknesis
I'm taking a trip to South America with my girlfriend and some friends, and we're going to be going out to clubs and bars quite a bit. I'd like to dress as cool as possible but at the same time look good. Girls have it easy in this department, guys don't look as good in short-sleeved shirts and shorts. Does anyone have any recommended outfits or clothing strategies to beat the heat? Thanks for your help!!
It's pretty easy. Linen, and wovens, which tend to stand the heat more easily. If you are going to do jersey, try bamboo, which breathes easier than cotton. None of my South American friends go out to clubs and bars in shorts, ever. Easiest thing is to just go native. Travel really light (carry just an extra couple of outfits.) Go to the shopping district in one of the larger cities (I would recommend Buenos Aires) and find a store that suits your tastes. Pick up full outfits. Don't sweat the cost, since, well, you're on vacation.
If this doesn't work for you, pick up a few slim button downs in light, neutral colors. I usually go with one in white, one in a light grey, and one in a color like eggshell, and nearly always by Jil Sander or Prada (which fit me well). That, plus a couple of pairs of pants in tropical wool, in light colors (just slightly darker than your tops), a decent belt, and a pair of casual laceups (I like ndc, but your mileage may vary), and you are good to go. The added benefit is that all these clothes are pretty light. Oh, and bring a small card case that will hold an ID card (never needed, but it's a pretty good idea in a foreign country, just in case,) a single credit card, and cash. This way, if you lose your stuff (and it happens), you aren't SOL.
BTW, you are going to get super sweaty anyway. Be ready to wear and wash.