Look good and stay cool this summer: Beat the heat (…and whatever weather comes your way)

When the temperatures rise during the British summer, there can be a temptation to dress like you’re going to the beach, with style and formality going out the window. Getting the balance between smart and casual can be tricky at best and a nightmare at worst.

Before you reach for the Love Island shorts, vest and flip flops, take a look at these tips from Voucherbox to get familiar with the options available that you need to know. And don’t forget – as this is Britain after all, and we can expect heatwaves, showers and everything in between, so it’s best to be prepared.

For when you can’t predict the weather…

Avoid denim because if you get caught in the rain the denim that you are wearing will get soaked very quickly and your day will soon seem a lot less optimistic. In hot weather, it can quickly make you feel uncomfortably warm. You should keep an eye out for fabrics such as cotton twill or seersucker, (thin, puckered, all-cotton fabric) which are light but still offer protection.

What about wearing patterned shirts? Depending on the occasion, plaid, camo and other variations work well to disguise sweat and you can pick up some ‘non-iron’ varieties to make it easier to keep a clean supply that is ready to go. When wearing looser clothes air flows around your body and promotes circulation.

Accessorise and stay fresh

Straw hats are in this year – who knew? The good news is that they are a lot more summer friendly than traditional baseball caps. Baseball caps trap air and heat up throughout the day whereas air flows through straw hats and the provide good protection from the sun for your head and neck. There’s also good news if you have a beard (and if you don’t – consider growing one!). In warm weather, beards?also act as an evaporative?cooler, as when sweat evaporates, a flow of air causes a cooling affect, while protecting you from the sun too.

When it comes to hair, keep product to a minimum and choose an anti-humidity grooming cream to avoid unruly frizz. If you want to add texture or freshen hair, why not try a sea salt texturiser or a dry shampoo?

A bag is essential for the unpredictable weather, it will help you to store additional items you may need during the day such as extra layers, a lightweight jacket, or grooming products such as a travel deodorant.

If you’re quick you might be able to grab a bag by using a Coggles discount code.

When the office doesn’t have air con

When dressing for a formal office environment, keep in mind that it is still a good idea to stick to long sleeve shirts rather than resorting to short sleeve. In order to keep cool, roll up your shirt sleeves and – if appropriate, unbutton your top button for a relaxed look. If losing your tie isn’t an option, it’s a good idea to keep a spare shirt at your office if the morning commute can be a long and sticky or perhaps you just need a change of shirt for that client meeting.

When you are picking out what you are going to wear in the morning be sure to stick to light coloured suits to feel cooler. In the height of heat or humidity, get your suits cleaned after every six wears.

The best threads for a wedding

Linen is your friend here. A linen suit is always a welcome choice at a summer wedding. The fabric is free and flowing and offers an elegant understated alternative to a regular suit. But, if you can’t handle how it creases, why not try chinos with a bold blazer? If you want to get rid of the jacket entirely, have fun with a patterned shirt and a quirky accessory like a bow tie.

You can avoid wearing socks by wearing a summer pair of loafers and shorter ankle-skimming trousers, for example, choose a 32-inch leg instead of a 34-inch, if this is your usual measurement. This is an elegant look that will keep you cool in more ways than one.

You can make savings on big brands you love and dress to impress this summer by discovering great discounts from clothing retailer Coggles on Voucherbox.

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