We all know that Arizona gets extremely hot during the summer months, which can get pretty uncomfortable, especially when wearing formal attire, such as a suit. And though we pride ourselves on the “dry heat”, the lack of high humidity during warmer months doesn’t mean your body won’t sweat in an effort to cool itself down. So, with the hot months approaching all too soon, here are some helpful tips on how to stay cool wearing a suit in Arizona.
1. Stay Hydrated
During hot months, avoid dehydration as it can cause rapid heartbeat, weakness, and excessive sweating. Sweating is the body’s air conditioner and the water that is released through the skin is its attempt to cool down. OSHA recommends drinking about 7 ounces of water every 15 to 20 minutes to help the body regulate temperature.
2. Avoid Heavy Fabrics
Select suits that are manufactured with open weave fabrics, or that are made of natural fibers. These fabrics have built-in heat-releasing properties and are better at drawing moisture away from the body. But even some blended, synthetic textiles will wick moisture and dryer faster. Look for these breathable suit fabrics to keep you cool during hot weather:
- Merino wool
3. Choose a Looser Fitting Suit
Tighter fitting shirts and pants constrict blood vessels and reduce the air circulating throughout your suit. Summer is the time for a relaxed fit that doesn’t allow the fabric to contact the skin as much. You’ll also be more comfortable in the warm weather as men tend to walk more during business hours.
4. Suit Color Does Matter
Avoid black, dark blues and gray suits which absorb more heat from the sun than lighter colors. Light-colored clothing will reflect more solar energy away from the body. You will feel more comfortable on a summer day as these light colors bounce the sun’s rays away from you – light gray, tan, medium blue, khaki, and white.
If you still tend to sweat during the summer, keep a few extra shirts in an office drawer and carry a handkerchief when going outside.