What to Wear in Warm Weather

Pima Cotton KnitThe mere thought of life before air conditioning sends shivers down our spines. How the species survived is a mystery to us. But while office buildings today may be climate controlled to keep employees cool under pressure, you’ll still want clothing items that keep you looking and feeling fresh as you shuttle from morning meeting to lunch appointment to dinner date.

So consider these springtime suggestions a “warm-up” preparation for summer, when things really start to scorch. By then you’ll be an old pro at dressing for the sunshine.


Wool breathes, allowing for air circulation to keep you cool in warm weather. A lightweight wool suit can serve you on all but the hottest days. Try our suit separates in lightweight Super 100’s wool. Equally comfortable, our silk suit separates are office appropriate and the ivory may inspire you to take salsa lessons as well.

Sport Coats and Trousers

For a step down on the formality scale, pair a lightweight wool or linen sport coat with a crisp pair of linen trousers. And, a tip, don’t go all out solid. A patterned sport coat with a solid trouser or vice versa is a more dapper choice.

Dress Shirts

On days that are both warm and hectic, keep from getting hot under the collar with our many non-iron shirts. The lightweight cottons will keep you cool, while non-iron performance treatments will keep you looking fresh under the tightest deadline.

Sport Shirts and Knits

Our latest sport shirts come in a bevy of spring colors and do double duty. They’re ideal for nights and weekends, but also work great under a sport coat or blazer in business casual situations. Same goes for our cotton or spun silk dress knits, which come in a bevy of spring colors, and are a perfect warm weather “dressy casual” choice. Linen is an ideal sport shirt fabric to keep you cool as the weather warms up.

Spring weather can be unpredictable. For cool evenings and sudden showers, try lightweight outerwear pieces like a tailored field jacket, which you can throw over anything, or a less structured soft coat, which comes half-lined for a casual attitude that breathes.


  1. Not really a comment – more a request… Do you have a brochure or guidelines regarding correct attire in different situations. Ie: business – formal – relaxed, etc. I’m interested in having information about the number of lapel pins on a suit coat that might be deemed appropriate, when a bolo tie is not appropriate, when formal attire should be called for as opposed to business attire, etc. Esquire magazine, several years ago, put out a small booklet covering the etiquette of attire that covered these areas and I am looking for something similar.

  2. Thank you for your comment, Michael! Unfortunately, we do not have any type of brochure addressing the correct attire in different situations. However, we will be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have. Below you will find the answers to the questions that you referenced in your comment.

    Q: Guidelines regarding correct attire in different situations. Ie: business – formal – relaxed, etc?
    Business attire is appropriate in any business environment when the dress code calls for it or in an outside meeting when the participants will be dressing in shirts and ties. If you are visiting another company, ask about their internal dress code.

    Formal events usually specify some kind of guidelines for attire, such as “black tie” .

    Relaxed or casual can be part of a company’s culture. A popular designation right now is “business casual” which calls for appropriate casual clothes, no jeans or t shirts.

    Q: The number of lapel pins on a suit coat that might be deemed appropriate?

    Q: When a bolo tie is not appropriate?
    Any business meeting or formal event

    Q: When formal attire should be called for as opposed to business attire, etc.?
    When the event specifically calls for “black tie”

    We also invite you to check out our “Fashion Advice” section on our website. Our designer has put together some great articles that you may find beneficial. Please click on the link below to view these articles.

    Paul Fredrick – Fashion Advice

    If you have any questions or need any further assistance, please let us know!

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