Summertime Style: Examples of How To Keep Cool (and stay handsome) in the Summer, Tips and Photos

I’ve been getting alot of emails about how to keep cool in the hot summer months, here’s one of the recent emails :

Question:

Hi. I’m a 30 year old urban gent from Birmingham, Al. My girlfriend lives in Tallahassee so I usually there on holidays and weekends. Recently I’ve changed to an older more sophisticated look. Similar to Kendrack Lewis your most recent featured urban gent. My problem is I don’t know what to wear when it’s really hot. When the temp is in the 90′s, it’s really humid, and sweating is unavoidable. Could you help me out?

Answer:

Hey (name of Alabama gentleman)

When it’s hot keep it simple… its all about wearing quality or proper fitting clothing. Examples of looks to wear on a hot summer day:

1. white polo, seer sucker shorts, navy boat shoes
2. white/colored short sleeves v-neck, very light-weight cardigan with the sleeves rolled up, khaki shorts, canvas shoes
3. long sleeve plaid shirt w/ the sleeves rolled up, jeans, and your choice of shoes

accessorize with a nice pair of trendy shades like black wayfarers and you’re good to go.

The thing is Steven, I know its Really hot, but you’re a gentleman so its never really appropriate to wear combinations like tanks, shorts, and flip-flops unless you’re going to the beach… again, I know its hot, but guys just don’t have as easy as women when it comes to looking very stylish and keeping very cool in the sun… we can always just put on a sleeveless light weight dress and sandals, which would be the coolest thing we could put on aside from a bikini.

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The gentleman above was focused on keeping his look sophisticated, that’s why I gave him the options above. But, if you’re a hipster of sorts then you could pull of the tank/shorts/flip flops look depending on the combination.

I pulled some photos from the Sartorialist (one of my fav street style blogs), that I feel are nice examples of summer Gentleman gear…









What do you see…


- mostly light colors with the exception of navy
- shorts are right at or just above the knees
- sockless w/ loafers, boat shoes, or sandals
(some people say gentleman do not wear sandals,
but I’ll leave that up to you)
- long sleeve shirts and sweaters are rolled up
- top buttons un-done (usually 2)

For more info, check out:
- Summer Rolls
- Sockless
- Sartorialist Does Brooklyn

Also for the summer months:
- carry a linen handkerchief/pocketsquare to dab at sweat
- use sunblock
- always carry sunglasses and/or a hat
- drink LOTS of water
- boxers may keep you cooler than briefs
- use a good deodorant
- consider taking a quickie mid day shower in addition to your morning or night shower, this usually keeps you a little more cool

photos: Sartorialist.blogspot.com

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4 Comments


  1. Where can you buy a inexpensive linen hankerchief? That looks unique, not gang related?

  2. My name is Matt.

    Awesome article. I'm in the same boat. I currently live in Japan where I will be for the next 2 years. It's in the upper 80s right now with humidity in the 80-90% range. Sweat-city, population Me. This should definitely help me out a bit. You said you might do a whole post on it, I think this would be a GREAT idea. Not only would I benefit, but people in southern parts of the world where it's summer year-round would appreciate it! Again, great post!

  3. The Urban Gentleman

    Hey guys…

    you can by handkerchiefs at almost any store that sells suits, the linen ones are usually near the front register on the side… I think you can get a pack of 3 for about 10 bucks… I'll search for some online sites though

    Matt, lol, "Sweat-city, population Me" lol. But yeah I'll try to do another post with more examples… have fun in Japan though. One of my friends spend about a year over there and she loved it :-)

  4. Ok this is a little pricey and a little too fancy for me. What do you suggets for a younger demographic. College cool basically. Whats in for us?

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