If you’re like most people, you want to look good when you go out. Whether you’re going out to a bar or a club, to a friend’s party, to a movie, out to dinner, or anywhere else in public, you’ll probably want to at least look like you’ve put some thought into your outfit. But how can you stay looking cool when it starts to get really hot outside? It can be a challenge, but it’s definitely doable—here’s how.
The first thing you think about when choosing your clothes is the weight of material. A cotton shirt and heavy khaki pants are not going to last very long before you sweat all over them. It’s important to choose materials that are light and breathable—things like linen and polyester are good (polyester is best used for performance tees and polos . . . probably not recommendable for other articles of clothing). Really light khaki pants and shorts are good, and you can also find linen pants that are pretty stylish. Make sure that whatever you choose to wear, it’s very breathable. If it’s not, you’ll find that you’re uncomfortably hot very soon after stepping outside (which, of course, will keep you from looking cool).
Once you’ve found an assortment of light, airy, clothes, you can actually choose the type of clothing that you’ll be wearing. Unless you’re attending something very formal (like a wedding, funeral, job interview, or really fancy party), stay away from long sleeves—they’ll only make you hot more quickly. Short-sleeve shirts like polos are great. You can choose between shorts and pants, depending on your situation. If you’re going somewhere at night, or it’s a little more formal, pants might be a good idea. If it’s something pretty casual, or during the day, when the temperature gets really high, go with shorts. Skip the basketball shorts, though, and go with something a little more classy—khaki cargos or just plain khaki shorts are usually a pretty safe bet for looking cool. If you’re just going to be hanging around your house, or you’re going to the beach, wear whatever you want!
It’s also important to think about the colors of the clothes that you wear when it’s hot outside. Light colors like white, light grey, blue, and green are safe bets. They’ll keep you from overheating right away and keep you looking stylish. Avoid dark colors—black, navy, maroon, purple—unless you’re going out at night (or need to look exceptionally professional).
Most of looking cool throughout the summer is common sense. Dress light, with short sleeves (and shorts if possible), and choose light colors. The more comfortable you are, the cooler you’ll look. So just make sure that the clothes you choose feel good, and you’ll be set!