How to Stay Cool in Summer While Wearing a Suit

We polled men out and about in Manhattan’s financial district in July and asked them how they’re battling the sweltering temperatures sweeping the U.S. This is what they said, and what they wore. Photographs by Keith E. Morrison/Bloomberg
Clayton Ruebensaal, 42
Clayton Ruebensaal, 42

Occupation: Head of brand strategy for American Express

What are you wearing today? I’m wearing a seersucker suit from Bonobos, the shoes are from a work trip in Italy, and my personal favorite is the tie from my father.

How do you dress to handle the heat in New York City? I’ll wear a lot of a seersuckers and a lot of linen. I’ll also wait to put my jacket and tie on once I’m in the office, which helps make the commute a bit more manageable.

Do you have any tips to avoid looking and feeling sweaty? I try to space out my morning run and my morning commute to give myself ample time to cool down and settle into the day.

Mario Garcia, 35
Mario Garcia, 35

Occupation: Case analyst for New York Life

What are you wearing? Today I’m wearing a three-­piece suit.

How do you dress to handle the heat in NYC? I don’t always dress for the weather, so it’s important for me to take my time and relax at times, letting the New York air cool me down even if it’s just a breeze. Just pace yourself—walk slowly instead of being in a rush, stay hydrated, and stay in the shade when you can.

Nathan Rushing, 20
Nathan Rushing, 20

Occupation: I work in the hotel industry, and I’m a model.

What are you wearing today? I actually just picked up this suit and the rest of what I’m wearing from H&M the other day.

How do you dress to handle the heat in NYC? Sadly, most of the time you just need to suck it up. When you need to be dressed up this much, you have to hold true to it. If I’m not headed to work, I’ll try and wear some linen shorts and a T­-shirt to help eliminate that extra fabric.

Do you have any tips to avoid looking and feeling sweaty? Just carry around a pocket square or a handkerchief to help dab the sweat when the heat really gets going, and stay hydrated with water.

Peter Zhao, 36
Peter Zhao, 36

Occupation: I work for Empire BlueCross BlueShield.

What are you wearing? Actually, everything I have on cost me under $200. It’s a Paper Denim shirt, jogger chinos from Levi’s, the blazer is Tommy Hilfiger, and the shoes are Steve Madden.

Do you have any tips to avoid looking and feeling sweaty? Retreat to air conditioning whenever possible. I try to take a cool shower to start every day, and it helps me stay cool on my morning commute.

 

Will Gray, 68
Will Gray, 68

Occupation: I’m currently retired, but my avocation is vending.

What are you wearing? I’m wearing a 100 percent linen suit that’s 25 years old. I’m a firm believer that when you buy something of quality it’ll last you a lifetime.

Are there any fabrics or particular items of clothing that you find help you in the heat? Linens and cottons, but mostly linens.

Eric Johnson, 39
Eric Johnson, 39

Occupation: Associate publisher, Bon Appétit and Epicurious

What are you wearing? I’m wearing Theory pants, a Michael Bastian for Gant jacket and shirt, the bag is from Makr, and the shoes are Crockett & Jones.

How do you dress to handle the heat in New York City? If I’m wearing jackets, they have to have no liners. For me it’s also key to keep my feet and ankles cool, so I’ll leave the socks at home whenever I can.

Do you have any tips to avoid looking and feeling sweaty? Once it hits 90 degrees, shorts are fair game!

 

Alexander Madrigal, 25
Alexander Madrigal, 25

Occupation: I’m in real estate.

What are you wearing? A jacket from Suit Supply and Zara, shorts from Zara, Ray-Ban sunglasses, and a Burberry watch.

Are there any fabrics or particular items of clothing that you find help you in the heat? Linens and loafers.

Shiv Galav, 25
Shiv Galav, 25

Occupation: I work in corporate trust for Deutsche Bank.

What are you wearing today? Today I’m in a three-piece ­suit; it’s a G.M. Franco Ferrera. Because it’s so hot, I ditched the jacket and tie altogether and then rolled up my sleeves. I think the three-piece is formal, and in the heat people just assume I left the jacket at the office. The watch is Nautica.

Do you have any tips to avoid looking and feeling sweaty? I always have an emergency kit stashed at the desk. It includes cologne, some deodorant, and some face wipes if you get a bit too sweaty.

Mike Gilberto, 26
Mike Gilberto, 26

Occupation: I work at IBISworld Business Consulting, assisting with industry research and forecasting.

What are you wearing today? My suit is from the Michael Strahan collection, the watch is an S. Kaufman, and the shoes are from Aldo.

How do you dress to handle the heat in NYC? The only thing I’ll ever really do is, on my commute I’ll take off the jacket and drape it over my arm. You know, in the industry this is our uniform.

Do you have any tips to avoid looking and feeling sweaty? I’ll keep an extra pack of T-shirts at my desk if I need to change but don’t really do too much else.

 

Khojinur Usmonov, 20
Khojinur Usmonov, 20

Occupation: I’m just a student now, but this summer I’m trying to do anything that will help me in my future. One day I hope to open my own hedge fund. I’m actually here meeting my mentor.

What are you wearing today? I’m not wearing anything special. I buy most of my clothes at stores like Macy’s, because I try to save my money to trade as financial instruments.

How do you dress to handle the heat in NYC? I wear the same things, but I’ll adjust the colors to be a bit lighter.

Do you have any tips to avoid looking and feeling sweaty? Just take your time and don’t rush through the day.

 

Byron Campos, 28
Byron Campos, 28

Occupation: I work in finance. I get contracted by larger companies to help allocate capital into emerging markets in both the private and public sector.

What are you wearing today? A lot of my suits are from a local mom and pop shop named Penguin, just down here on Fulton [Street]. The suit is custom from there. Outside of that, I’ll shop a lot at stores like Macy’s or Zara, but there’s nothing like a custom suit. The sunglasses are Ray-Ban, and the socks are Express.

Do you have any tips to avoid looking and feeling sweaty? Just breathe. The weather isn’t going to change, but I feel like if I take the time to breathe, I’m always fine.

Kamau Hosten, 33
Kamau Hosten, 33

Occupation: Assistant manager at Paul Smith

What are you wearing today? I am wearing a Zara jacket, Paul Smith pants, the shirt is a Uniqlo & Theory, shoes are Del Toro, and my glasses are Retrosuperfuture.

How do you dress to handle the heat in NYC? You have to do a lot of unlined pieces. I like unconstructed jackets and trousers with no lining to it. I like polos and mandarin colors when it gets this hot.

Do you have any tips to avoid looking and feeling sweaty? You just need to make sure everything is tailored really well. Everything is going to be sweaty, or wrinkled, but if you look good and carry yourself confidently, people won’t notice.

John Vitolo, 25
John Vitolo, 25

Occupation: I’m a financial planner over in the HSBC building.

What are you wearing today? Today I am wearing a plaid suit from Joseph A. Bank. Buy 1, get 100 free! The tie is Brooks Brothers, shoes are Cole Haan, and the watch is an Invicta.

Do you have any tips to avoid looking and feeling sweaty? For me the most important thing is to stay hydrated. I’m always carrying around a large bottle whenever I’m outside.

Jah, 33
Jah, 33

Occupation: Artist

What are you wearing today? My clothes are all Saint Laurent, and my bag is custom.

How do you dress to handle the heat in NYC? I don’t ever really dress down. I’ll always wear a shirt, jeans, a nice shoe without socks. I won’t ever be in just a T-shirt.

Do you have any tips to avoid looking and feeling sweaty? Love and smiling. You can wear whatever you want as long as you feel good in your body and in your soul. 

Are there any fabrics or particular items of clothing that you find help you in the heat? In the summer I’ll still wear mostly white and blacks. I don’t worry too much about what I’m wearing as long as I feel good in my mind.