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Surviving summer working a job that requires a suit

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by bradp, May 30, 2014.

  1. dreamspace

    dreamspace Well-Known Member

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    Wear an unlined linen summer suit(In conservative colors) on your way to work, with your wool work suit in a garment bag.
    Change to your work suit in the toilet/stall.
    Keep your summer suit in the garment bag, tucked under your desk.

    Should be pretty easy and painless?
     
  2. Monkeyface

    Monkeyface Well-Known Member

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    Why would you wear a suit just for walking? I'm sure a linen mix suit in a conservative colour is more than appropriate for the office.
     
  3. ter1413

    ter1413 Well-Known Member

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    This is silly advice!
     
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  4. bradp

    bradp Well-Known Member

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    "Linen blend" = linen wool blend? or something else
     
  5. Monkeyface

    Monkeyface Well-Known Member

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    Ideally linen/wool, but linen/silk or linen/cotton can work as well.
     
  6. Svenn

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    I've found all of this cloth talk regarding coolness to be nonsense- if it's over 70 outside I'm gonna be hot and sweaty in a suit no matter what the material, and I've experimented with a LOT of different fabrics. The minimal amount of additional comfort provided by fabrics lighter than 10oz and in alternative blends or materials is vastly outweighed by the ill-effects it has on appearance. I say trudge through the heat in normal midweight trousers and put the tie and jacket on later; at least you know the thick trousers will absorb the sweat and drape clean when hung overnight.
     
  7. gringodaddy

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    Polo. But I've seen a fair amount of mohair blends around (bb carries them too)
     
  8. gringodaddy

    gringodaddy Well-Known Member

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    I agree in large part with this and said so upthread. My wardrobe however is mostly seasonal and I do enjoy lighter and cooler wearing summers for fabric, partly because they might be slightly cooler, and also because they provide a different aesthetic.
     
  9. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Well-Known Member

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    That's getting warmer, figuratively. These discussions never cite the existence of lightweight underwear. There are even differences among boxers, which let's hope he wears something similar to. Socks make a difference, also - lightweight mostly cotton socks probably are best for the situation.
     
  10. AFCForever

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    I sweat like crazy and the only solution I have found is a second shirt. Wear a polo until you get into the office then duck into the washroom and put on a fresh shirt. Carry your jacket over your arm or better yet lightly folded in a bag.

    I cycle to work and change my entire outfit when I arrive.
     
  11. bradp

    bradp Well-Known Member

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    Luckily summer in the city hasn't been all that bad so far. Walking in my normal suits w/ jacket draped over my arm has been fine so far, but there is time.

    Forgive the n00b question, but I figured here was the discussion to ask it...I want to invest in some new trousers, and have my eye on some from epaulet in super 120s wool. are the super wools considered year-round? Or is now a bad time to buy these?
     
  12. TM79

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    I read the description and sounds like they'd work for all but the hottest of summer days - looser weave means air can pass through. It's not like worsted wool which is more like laying underneath a comforter in bed.
     
  13. bradp

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    Ah. I think you're right. I guess I was trying to translate the super number into seasonal appropriateness, but I guess weight is what I should be looking for.

    But also, can worsted wools not be labeled w/ super numbers? I had thought they could.
     
  14. Balfour

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    Don't get hung up on supers numbers.

    Weight and weave are some of the main considerations for whether it will wear hot.
     
  15. Mark Seitelman

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    I think that a navy poplin suit from Brooks would be fine. Brooks is on sale now.

    It used to be the business uniform when I started working in the 1970's. It is not the most elegant suit, but it was acceptable in the 1970's and 1980's when men had to wear suits, period.

    I would stay away from the olive green suit in that it is a little too informal. If they have one in grey, then you have your summer wardrobe.

    I would stay away from seersucker since the courthouse is formal than lawyers' offices.

    Good luck.
     
  16. archetypal_yuppie

    archetypal_yuppie Well-Known Member

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    I'd be shocked by anyone being judgemental about anything anyone wears these days. You're not allowed to be cause it could hurt the person's feelings.
     
  17. Limniscate

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    I live in Austin where it's hot and humid. Fresco/Ermazine and cotton/linen does make a difference but my threshold is about 90 degrees and about 50% humidity. You're going to sweat, but hopefully, not as much.
     
  18. jjluzzi

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    1- Years ago, I would arrive early to work , hit the gym,workout, then shower and dress up in the cool CAC.
    2- try silk undershirts- they absorb moisture better than almost anything-- but be prepared to change them once saturated. .
     

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