Men's summer outfits guide part 1

How to select the perfect summer outfit for this season

Men's summer outfits guide part 1

Characteristics of a summer suit, number 1:

Although a summer suit needs more than just one characteristic in order to be worn comfortably, the most important aspect is neither weight nor the choice of material – it is breathability. When it is hot, you definitely want to feel every breeze coming your way, and the best way to do so is with an open-weave fabric. Loosely woven Panama, a basketweave fabric, is usually popular in summer and achieves the desired cooling effect. When you hold a piece of this fabric against the light, you can see through the weave of the cloth, even it if is dark navy. If the fabric is a heavier weight, it will also keep you cooler than a featherweight cotton fabric that is tightly woven.

Characteristics of a summer suit, number 2:

To test how breathable your suit is, stand about 3-4 yards/meters away from a fan. If you can feel the air, it is breathable, if you cannot feel it, there is a better fabric to be found. Once you have worn a breathable garment in the wind, you know that it feels chilly in fall or early spring, but during the summer you want to feel the maximum breeze.

Characteristics of a summer suit, number 3:

The more open the weave, the more patterned your fabric should be to keep it from becoming see-through. However, bear in mind that lighter colors are better than darker ones since light-colored cloth reflects the sunlight whereas dark cloth absorbs it, making you feel warmer. Even if you go for solids, a mottled color as you may know it from Flannel or Fresco is better than a plain color. Also, you want to make sure that you get at least a half-lined jacket because, again, the finer weave of the lining will decrease your garment’s ability to breathe.

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