How do you beat the heat?

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  1. E TF

    E TF Senior member

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    I run kinda hot. It is a perennial problem for me to function in a suit and tie in summer without sweating like a paedophile in a playground. Here are some of the stratagems I've developed and tips I've picked up to help beat the heat.

    1. Have a seasonal wardrobe. Back before I put much thought into these things, I just owned clothes. Now I own summer clothes and winter clothes. This may mean buying the same suit twice, just in different cloth, but the extra expense is worth it.

    2. Arrange your life such that you are never in a rush or have to carry heavy things. This is no excuse to mince about with those silly little trolly bags at airports though. Buy manly luggage, pack light, or pay someone to carry it for you.

    3. If you have a son, when he hits about thirteen, take him aside one day and tell him about the joys of fresco. His tailor probably won't; they only like to sell worsted.

    4. Let go of your childhood peeves. We all know someone who refuses to eat some perfectly good foodstuff because they didn't like when they were a kid and haven't tried it since (they might claim to have an allergy: they're lying). Makes them look pretty stupid doesn't it? I had a linen shirt when I was about 14; I thought it was heavy, scratchy and funny looking. Put me off linen for years. What can I say - I was an idiot when I was 14. Weren't we all?

    5. Wear hi-tech undershirts. Some time ago on his blog PG recommended UNIQLO's undershirts in some man-made wicking fibre to wear when things are getting sticky. I hadn't worn an undershirt since I was about ten, but decided to give it a go (see above). I thought an extra layer would just make me hotter - but guess what, he was right. Plus you can go around all day safe in the knowledge that there are no unsightly sweat marks showing through on your shirt, which is a great psychological bonus.

    6. Merino socks are better than cotton. What madness is this? Will made this claim on his blog, and as he clearly knows his biscuits, I tried it one day. For the first time in my life I paid close attention to what was going on about my ankles. You know what's coming: Will was right. I still own and wear plenty of cotton lisle socks, but I don't hesitate to reach for the merino in summer now, especially if I'm going to be on my feet a lot that day.

    So thanks Will, PG, SF and the internet in general. But if you want or need to stay smart in the summer, what do you do to beat the heat?
     


  2. LeviMay

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    I find myself simply accepting the perspiration and drinking gin to excess, content in the knowledge that I look great, despite being, as you so aptly described it, "sticky".
     


  3. Gdot

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    +1 on the high tech undershirts - they work!

    -1 on drinking gin and sweating - doesn't the aroma of gin sweating out your pores worry you? :brick: You may not notice but I'm pretty sure those around you will.
     


  4. junior varsity

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    i use this to avoid sweaty feet - works like no other

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  5. theyare

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    The problem I have encountered with the high tech undershirts is they wick away the sweat by absorbing it.

    They end up reeking after a few wears even freshly washed.
     


  6. Master Squirrel

    Master Squirrel Senior member

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    "sweating like a paedophile in a playground."

    :butbut:

    Can't say I know the feeling.

    Of course.

    Not sure I agree with you there. When it is tropical here, there is nothing you can do.

    Not sure how this beats the heat, or are we back to the playground and you need to be on the lamb.

    Um okay. I will not hate John Flasciano's money pen.... not sure how this relates but okay...

    Yes.

    What do you do to beat the heat?
    Linen, no tie, light colors.
     
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  7. Harold falcon

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    I need this, where did you get it?
     


  8. yachtie

    yachtie Senior member

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    Linen,linen/silk, mohair or tropical weight wool jackets or slacks- I order my summer jackets either quarter lined or lined with ermazine- makes a big difference.
    Linen or cotton voile shirts with no undershirt :eek:
    Note: I don't sweat much and remember, shirts were originally underwear. ;)
    No tie
    Thin wool socks
     
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  9. E TF

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    Oddly my feet are usually ok. I'm a fan of Kiehl's products in general though - good stuff.


    I've always been a bit putt off of by the shininess of silk or mohair blends but I'll have to give them a go sometime.
    Yes I'd never wear an undershirt with linen - I guess it performs the same function by itself. I've never had a voile shirt - will order some for next summer.
    Likewise I'm rarely in a tie in the summer, but sometimes they're required. Do you find that a linen tie helps? I've got a couple, I'm not sure if the difference is purely in my mind. Still I suppose that's enough, if it works.
     


  10. yachtie

    yachtie Senior member

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    Embrace the sheen :devil:

    Regarding ties, I don't think that it makes all that much difference (compared to no tie) but I'm usually wearing knit or linen ties when I can get away with it.
     
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  11. Bowtiedlad93

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    One trick I use for sweating is to use baby powder I dab it in areas prone to sweating and it really helps.
     


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    neiman, saks, keihl's boutiques...
     


  13. blackjack

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    The summer heat here is brutal. I've learnt to keep a spare dress shirt (folded) inside my bag for a quick-change when required. Also, the 'dry-tech' t-shirts from UniQlo help alot too. Dress shirts that immediately change color due to sweat get relegated to the back of the closet for now.
     


  14. MyOtherLife

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    Wonderful invention out there called a Panama Hat. A quality made one (example- Optimo) keeps the sun from beating on your melon and keeps you cool. Keep hydrated. Cold water on a hot day cools the body and your kidneys will thank you for it 40 years from now.
     
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    Yeah, if it's really too hot, there's also the "shower twice" method... Though you need access to a shower.
     


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