For many men, dressing formally during the summer months can be a challenge. Traditionally, men’s formal attire is heavier and thicker, which, during the summer months, means you’ll quickly become uncomfortable! Being outside for work or attending an outdoor wedding, for example, can quickly become experiences that are hot, sweaty and miserable.
Fear not, however! There are a couple of ways to prevent becoming a hot and sweaty mess when you’re forced to dress formally during the summer season. One of the easiest is picking the right summertime blazer. Here are a few tips from a tailor in Cape May County on what to look for in your ideal summer blazer:
- Lightweight material: Wearing a wool blazer during the summer season is about as comfortable as wearing a parka—and it might be just as heavy! Steer clear of the traditional blazer materials and instead look for something a little more summer-friendly. The ideal summer blazer material is likely going to be a cotton or cotton blend. Some options include linen, cotton, cotton/linen blend or seersucker. These materials won’t bog you down as much or trap your body heat like heavier blazers will. You’ll feel worlds better when you’re forced to spend time outdoors!
- Looser weave: Picking the right blazer material is important, but even more important can be picking the weave. Look for a blazer that has a looser, more open weave. This will allow airflow through the blazer and give you a sort of “natural air conditioning” while you’re wearing your blazer. To gauge the openness of the weave, simply hold it up to the light and take a look at how well you can see through it. If you can see sunlight coming through or the blazer takes on a lighter tone, it’s a good bet that the weave is open. Avoid jackets with a weave that completely blots out sunlight or is opaque.
- Unlined jacket: Blazers can come lined or unlined. For the sake of your summertime comfort, find a blazer that lacks a lining. The lining might feel comfortable, but it’s going to negate the openness of the weave—meaning no airflow and no natural AC. Unlined jackets are still quite comfortable and have the added seasonal benefit of being lightweight and flowing. If you like a jacket that has a lining, you can also ask a tailor in Cape May County to remove it for you, effectively converting your blazer into a summertime option!
The perfect summertime blazer will be made of a lightweight material, have a loose and open weave, and be unlined. Consider all of these factors the next time you’re shopping for formal attire and you’ll thank yourself later when you’re all dressed up, weathering the summer heat in comfort and style!
And don’t forget, if you have questions about whether or not a blazer might be ideally suited for the season or if it’s best left for the cooler months, you can always ask a tailor in Cape May County.