As the weather warms up, it’s important to start switching over the wardrobe from your heavy winter layers into something more manageable for spring and summer.
Whether it’s an easy closet swap or unpacking clothes from a half-inflated Space Bag jammed under a bed (I’m looking at you, New Yorkers who live in 300-square-foot apartments), it’s time to start planning what to wear when you can no longer hide behind a winter coat.
Here are three tips when wearing clothes for spring and summer:
1.) Find fabrics that breathe
These fabrics are warm-weather friendly; keep them in mind when shopping for summer. Check the label of your potential purchases to see what they’re made from.
- lightweight cotton
- lightweight / tropical wool
- lightweight cotton / cashmere blend
- anything labeled “summer weight”
2.) Keep it loose
In hot weather, you want a little more room between you and your clothing. Not loose or baggy to the point of sloppiness – just a tad more space.
Why? Air needs to circulate. To make matters worse, you literally expand in hot and humid conditions. It’s gross to feel your tight clothing sticking to your sweaty body.
3.) Prep ahead of time
Take advantage of:
- Antiperspirant: I tend to stay away from it as much as possible—chemicals! aluminum!—but in hot weather, I make an exception.
- Gold Bond or baby powder: Apply some to your extra sweaty areas to stay dry longer.
- Moisture-wicking undershirts: I used to buy cheap undershirts until I discovered the wonderful moisture-wicking variety. Unlike regular cotton undershirts that hold onto moisture, these draw moisture away from you. Even after a long day you’ll be cool and dry.
Also, bring an extra shirt if you need to. There’s no shame in changing midday if needed. Better than staying in a damp, soppy shirt at the office.
And if you don’t have a handkerchief in your back pocket at all times, you’re missing out… on not having to use your sleeve as a sweat rag.
Get a cotton hanky in your pocket, stat!
I’m excited to feature my friends at Ledbury for these transitional outfits. They’ve recently released a new spring / summer collection filled with lightweight pieces in linen and cotton, perfect for the warmer weather to come.
Warm weather clothing, Lean Wardrobe-approved
I told you guys a little about Ledbury in our In The Know piece a few weeks back.
What really drew me to their clothing and process was their philosophy on the clothes they make:
“We live by the belief that a few well-made items are better than many that are not. Our goal is to set trend aside and make great-fitting, exceptional quality clothing that can be worn in any setting and by any generation.”Our Philosophy, Ledbury
On EG, we talk a lot about the Lean Wardrobe, and Ledbury’s philosophy aligns with it nicely.
It all started with shirts
After years spent obsessing over the small details, Ledbury designed a high-quality dress shirt that is unlike any other in its price range.
For starters, they use outstanding fabrics from world-renowned mills and premium Mother-of-Pearl buttons. They’ve added small innovations that resolve the issues most guys hate – but don’t realize they hate until they try something better.
Some examples: positioning the second button just a bit lower. This deepens the V and lets you breathe a bit easier with the collar unbuttoned.
They also use a special interlining in their collars to keep them standing tall so they won’t slip under jacket lapels or sweater collars.
Ledbury currently offers a whole range of menswear, from shirts and pants to sportcoats and accessories. Each piece is held up to the same standard as their shirting.
Rather than attempt to retell the whole story, they do a great job explaining each part of the process.
Seeing what goes into making your garments may not excite everyone. But, if you truly care about what you wear and the way it’s made, you’ll appreciate the way they walk you through it.
Your three warm weather go-to combos
Keep in mind the tips I laid out for you above. When shopping for hot weather, you want to:
- Focus on fabrics that breathe
- Keep your clothing a bit looser for air circulation (not too baggy)
- Always prep with antiperspirant, Gold Bond, a hanky, etc.
1. Weekend Chill
Pair a bold plaid linen shirt with a muted pair of shorts and you have the perfect combination for a hot day. Finish the look off with white canvas sneakers and a casual leather belt and you’re good to go.
2. Bold Business Moves
Your go-to look for the office (when you wanna make moves).
These pants aren’t your typical baggy, pleated khaki chinos – smart, light colored, and breathable (made of Oxford cloth) in the perfect fit.
Oh, and you thought I was going to suggest a navy blazer? Nope! It’s summer – live a little!
Add some color to your wardrobe. This sportcoat is perfect for warm weather – unlined and made from a nice silk, wool, and linen blend.
3. Simple Yet Sharp
This is a versatile go-to look: washed navy chinos and a soft blue linen cotton pin dot shirt with light suede loafers. Sharp enough for the office, cool enough for wherever you’re headed after.
The possibilities are endless
I’ve only given you three go-to combinations here; the possibilities are endless.
You can even take elements from each outfit above to make totally different looks.
- Wear the pants from #3 with the shirt and sportcoat from #2.
- Take the loafers from #3 and wear them with the shorts and shirt from #1.
- Grab the shirt from #1, the loafers from #2, and the pants from #3.
All it takes is a bit of experimentation! I’ve given you outfit examples that are hard to mess up, so don’t be afraid to try a little mixing and matching.
So, which is your favorite?
Tell us in the comments below. And be sure to check out the new spring and summer clothes over at Ledbury.