It's that period of the year again, when the heat is on and the mercury rises to almost uncomfortable levels. Admittedly, even for me, sometimes it gets so warm that just the thought of dressing up becomes a chore. However, there are little things you can do to try and make sure you survive summer in style. So no, don't bust out your T-shirt, shorts and Crocs yet.
One important tip is to understand fabric choice. Although cottons and linens are the ultimate cloths for summers, they tend to be a bit too casual for a corporate environment. You'd probably be wise not to rock a royal-blue linen suit with beige horn buttons at work, especially when that promotion is within sight. You still need the drape of wool to look sharp and appropriate.
Rising temperatures call for lightweight wools of around 8 ~ 9 ounces (250gms). These wools are specially woven to be worn in warmer climates and are extremely breathable. Personally, I feel these wools are more comfortable than cottons because they feel so light and feathery.
Here, I go all Lion King on my half-lined jacket. You can see how light and porous the cloth is. This allows for good breathability and ventilation.
One of the key points of successful summer dressing is to not cut the clothes too close to the body. Overly slim clothes cling to your body like a film of plastic wrap and it's not gonna feel very comfortable in the heat. As explained before, there is a huge difference between skinny and slim - trendy boys go for the former, and real men go for the latter.