MEN'S SUMMER OFFICE FASHION

August 08, 2018

This blog post was featured in the August 2018 edition of Wolverhampton Magazine



Mother Nature has blessed England with a wonderful summer and body melting temperatures of over 25 degrees. Meaning the jeans are off and the shorts are on! Unless you’re like me and have to continue going to work in the sweltering heat. Whilst I love the summer sun, I hate being too hot in my clothes, it makes me very irritable! Which isn’t what you want in a work environment. It wasn’t until a couple of months ago, that I realised I didn’t have any summer work attire that would keep me nice and cool but didn’t look like I was on my way to the beach. 

So, I did a bit of summer shopping and soon discovered that there isn’t much choice for men’s work summer clothes. There was however a huge selection for women’s clothes, as there always is, which I thought a bit unfair. In this new generation where we are becoming more open and accepting of different genders, body types and sexuality, men should be able to feel comfortable in wearing smart clothing at work, that also doesn’t make them look like they’ve taken a trip to the Sahara Desert. 

During the July heatwave, I could no longer force myself to wear trousers or my black jeans, so I decided to throw on one of my Cuban collar shirts, paired with black shorts and accompanied by my doctor martens. Still formal enough for work, but an outfit that would essentially kept me cool during the heat. 

On this day, an elderly man came up to me and said “I think what you’re wearing is great. When I was your age, we had no choice but to wear a suit and tie. We certainly wouldn’t have been able to have a low unbuttoned collar like yours! I remember, once, that I came to work without a tie and my boss made me go home and pick out a tie. It’s amazing how times have changed!” To which, I was really humbled and a little surprised by. As I watched him walk away with his wife, it suddenly dawned on me that he’s right! 

Whilst I am in a job where I can be a bit more casual with my choice in clothing, many men are literally sweating to death in their suits. You can walk into any clothing shop and immediately see a wide variety of clothing for women’s summer business attire and there is so much to choose from! 

But for a lot of men who maybe aren’t as fashion conscious, they end up suffering. And let’s be honest, no one wants to see a sweaty middle aged man in a suit looking like a sun-dried tomato! 
So, I have done a little research and found some alternative items of clothing to wear in the office that will keep you cool and still make you look dapper! 

TATE’S TOP TIPS:
•ROLL UP THE HEM OF YOUR TROUSERS! THIS WILL KEEP YOUR ANKLES COOL AND MAKE YOU LOOK STYLISH!
•WEAR YOUR SHIRT WITH THE FIRST FEW BUTTONS UNDONE FOR A COOL OFFICE LOOK! 
•SWAP THOSE THICK FABRICS FOR LIGHTER AND MORE BREATHEABLE MATERIAL!

MEN’S ROMPER // BOILERSUIT
Beginning in October 2016, friends Alex, Chip, Elaine and Daniel, set out to expand the limitations in Men’s clothing - and they did just that! In 2017, they created ‘Romphim’ a global hit in the male fashion industry! 

This year in 2018, the trend continues to grow, with brands such as ASOS having their own line of ‘boilersuits’ in various styles and colours, your choices are endless! Stylish, cooling and formal for summer in the office!

TWO PIECE // SHORT SUIT

HERE’S ‘QUEER EYE’ STAR 
ANTONI POROWSKI 
ROCKING THE TWO PIECE SHORT SUIT LOOK ON THE NETFLIX RED CARPET FOR FYSEE
outfit by Sandro Paris

For those of you who maybe aren’t so keen on the idea of wearing a romper, a short suit is the next best thing! Most shorts, just like a suit trouser, have a crisp crease on the front - sometimes pleated - which makes them formal enough for the office.

Matching shirt, or not, is completely personal preference! You can make it extra formal by adding accessories such as a belt, tie, or bow tie, just keep in mind that you should use accessories that won’t add to the heat!

For the finishing touch, add a blazer or jacket that will compliment your outfit and your figure. The colour of the blazer should always match the colour of the shorts, with accompanying shoes, of course.

LINEN SUIT

CHRIS PINE WEARING A LINEN SUIT IN LONDON 2018

SHORTS NOT YOUR THING? Not to worry! Not everyone feels comfortable wearing shorts and that is absolutely fine. Or maybe your workplace just simply doesn’t allow you to wear shorter clothing, which I think is ridiculous in summer, but ultimately that is out of my control.

If you prefer wearing a suit, you still can! Just simply switch up the fabrics you’re buying. Instead of cotton or polyester, why not try opting for a linen suit, they’re fashionable, keep you cool and hey! You might even end up looking like the Chris Pine of the office, if that doesn’t persuade you to try a linen suit, I don’t know what will!

EXTRA
My opinion is that during the summer heat, men should have just as much choice in their work attire and feel comfortable wearing them, as women do. If you’re not sure on any of these styles, try them out! As the good old saying goes ‘you never know unless you try’, you might even find a hidden fashionista in you that you never even knew existed!

For more of my styling tips and to see my outlook on lifestyle and fashion, you can visit my instagram! I wish you the best of luck in your new office outfit and if you follow any of my advice, be sure to upload a photo and tag me on Instagram or Twitter!

Ciao!  

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