Staying Cool under Pressure: Dressing for Summer Interviews

We might all cheer when the temperature soars, but when you’re heading off to a job interview in a heavy bespoke office suit, the hot sunny days become less than enjoyable. An already nerve-wracking situation, heading off to meet prospective new employers can leave you feeling even more flustered if you’re wearing the wrong clothes - staying cool while looking smart can be tricky, so we’ve come up with a few great tips to help you keep your cool while nailing that interview.

Suit Fabrics

Although you might be dreading donning a full bespoke suit for your interview, the way you look can make or break the whole meeting, so it’s worth grinning and bearing it for a short time. The good news is that made-to-measure tailoring comes in a variety of fabrics, from heavy tweed for the winter months to lighter materials for those warmer days. Linen is always a great option, but be aware that it can crease fairly easily; other summer-friendly fabrics include silk and poplin, and for extra breathability look for a bespoke suit which is half-lined – they retain the structure, but the reduced fabric means you’ll automatically feel cooler.

Minimise Accessories

Although a tie is obviously an interview essential, it’s a good idea to keep other accessories to a bare minimum when the temperatures outside are soaring. Pocket squares and handkerchiefs can be safely left in the drawer, and choosing shirts that have button cuffs rather than those that require cufflinks can help you feel less restricted. While the tie might not be optional, a good tip is to exchange a wide one for a skinny version; the less fabric you have round your neck, the cooler you’ll feel.

Adjust your Sizing

It can seem like a fairly obvious point, but the tighter your shirt and suit, the hotter you’re going to be. Opt for a shirt which is half a collar size bigger than usual to add a little room to breathe around your neck, and if you can disguise it well enough, leave the top button undone. Fasten your tie a little more loosely, and leave your suit jacket open for as long as possible to ensure adequate ventilation.