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How can people wear suits in tropical climates?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Interface, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. Interface

    Interface Well-Known Member

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    Greetings.

    How can politicians wear suits in tropical climate? Why do they do that? How can they tolerate it in such a heat? Take for example Mugabe of Zimbabwe. I have never seen the man not in a suit. He sure looks good. But how does he do it?

    By wearing suits all the time, will one eventually just get used to it?

    Regards,
    Interface.
     

  2. Cary Grant

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    Ever see a pic of a Yankees game in the Thirties? 30,000 people in 90 degree heat wearing 3 piece suits? (Yeah I know- not everybody).

    I do think that you do adjust to it... our modern level of assumed comfort is different these days.
    And some people just tolerate it. I can't wear a sweater under a suit coat, ever. Even in -20 weather in Minnesota... I just melt. On the other hand, a local haberdasher I know loves wearing HEAVY three-piece tweeds in the dead of summer... [​IMG]
     

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    Wear a cotton one. Ive work a suit in 90 defree heat and its not too bad. In the UK its not too cold yet and I wear a tweed and with a sweater.
     

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    Think cool thoughts.

    Over time, you get used to it. Here in Chicago, the first 30 degree day in November, I'm bundled up layer upon layer, hat, gloves, long-johns. That same 30 degree day in February, I'm wearing a light cashmere sweater and shorts while I walk to get a newspaper.

    Keep in mind that these people have grown up in the tropics, so it's normal for them.
     

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    Wear a cotton one. Ive work a suit in 90 defree heat and its not too bad. In the UK its not too cold yet and I wear a tweed and with a sweater.

    Heh- I can barely stand wearing a tshirt under my dress-shirt with a suit coat.
     

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    Over time, you get used to it.

    +1.
     

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    Take for example Mugabe of Zimbabwe. I have never seen the man not in a suit. He sure looks good. But how does he do it?

    It's all about body temperature. When you have a cold reptilian heart, wearing layers of dark wool in sub-saharan climes is pretty easy.
     

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    It's all about body temperature. When you have a cold reptilian heart, wearing layers of dark wool in sub-saharan climes is pretty easy.

    well said!
     

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    whiteslashasian Stylish Dinosaur

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    It's all about body temperature. When you have a cold reptilian heart, wearing layers of dark wool in sub-saharan climes is pretty easy.


    +1

    I'm a normally very "warm blooded" person. Unless it is below 0 C I tend to just wear my shirt and then a top coat; maybe a scarf as if it's particularly windy. I simply get too warm while walking if I'm wearing more.

    Sweating while wearing layers is not fun...[​IMG]
     

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    Isn't a lot of it a function of the suiting fabric? Not long ago on a warm evening, my wife and I were entertaining a couple of her friends. Naturally, I was wearing a jacket. My wife said, "Aren't you dying of the heat in that jacket?" "Not at all I replied," and indeed I was perfectly comfortable wearing a lightweight open-weave Scabal fabric tailored, of course, by my friends in Kowloon.
     

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    Greetings.

    How can politicians wear suits in tropical climate? Why do they do that? How can they tolerate it in such a heat? Take for example Mugabe of Zimbabwe. I have never seen the man not in a suit. He sure looks good. But how does he do it?

    By wearing suits all the time, will one eventually just get used to it?

    Regards,
    Interface.


    and don't you wonder why all those middle easterners covering up their whole body all the time?

    you get used to it...
     

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    Yes we wear them in tropical climates. Mine are made out of a tropical weight of material. We just avoid heavy weight things. I am more apt to be found in shirt, tie and trousers. I am in Guam. Robert
     

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    I freeze my underwear.

    Twotone
     

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    texas_jack Stylish Dinosaur

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    1. you sweat
    2. you get used to it
    3. people were thinner back in the old days and didn't get as hot
     

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    If you're important enough to be wearing a suit 24/7 in a sub-tropical climate, you're usually important enough to spend most of your time in an AC'd building or car.
     

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