Stay cool in the workplace: tips for not getting too hot under the collar!

Stay cool in the workplace: tips for not getting too hot under the collar!

stay cool in the workplace

Stay cool in the workplace: tips for not getting too hot under the collar!

It's wonderful to see the sun and get that lift it gives you when you're on the way to work. We all perspire but it's a bit of a taboo subject. When you're in the workplace, you really don't want to have to be distracted from your work because you're getting hot under the collar. 

What you wear can make a huge difference, of course, and so can:

  • Not eating foods high in salt - the body sweats to get rid of sodium, so keep it to a minimum. 
  • Reducing alcohol and spicy foods: they can make you sweat more.
  • Caffeine can increase sweat production so cut down to stay cooler.
  • Applying antiperspirant deodorant when you're not already sweaty, is more effective. 
  • When you're in urgent need of deodorant but haven't got one to hand, try a lemon (presuming that's easier to get hold of)! Its juice applied directly to the skin, will neutralise odours.

Choose sweat-friendly colours

Some colours are much worse than others at revealing excessive sweat. If you're worried about others realising just how hot you are, disguise it. White, very light colours, black, navy and and very dark colours are all good at hiding sweat patches. Avoid pinks, greens, greys, blues and bright colours.

Go lightweight!

The traditional advice is to dress in cotton and natural fibres. Lightweight cotton is one of the most airy fabrics around. It's a natural fibre, so it absorbs moisture which is ideal when you're in an office environment.  These cotton poloshirts are a popular staple, and these lightweight t-shirts, made from 100% cotton are fantastic too. 

Lightweight t-shirt

Stay cool in waistcoats

Depending on your dress code, waistcoats are a much more suitable option for summer than suit jackets. Your armpits remain free, so you could wear a lightweight cotton blouse underneath which allows airflow. 


Wick away moisture

Polyester has come a very long way. And now there are many variations, with blends that offer varying degrees of moisture wicking as well as antibacterial properties. Polyester holds onto about 0.4 percent of moisture, whereas cotton holds onto 7 percent. Wicking fabrics are woven so that moisture is forced through the gaps and is wicked to the fabric surface so that it can evaporate more easily. 

  • Polos – The more breathable option for polos are polyester and polyester/cotton mix polos. Polos such as this DryBlend polo shirt are designed to wick away moisture from the skin; allowing the wearer to stay dry and cool. I really like these 

    Henbury CoolPlus polo shirt

  • Breathable Shirts - And one of my favourite recent developments is breathable shirts. These moisture wicking shirts only became available last year and they are brilliant. They look smart and they keep you cool and comfortable; ideal for hospitality, whether it's a restaurant, hotel or cafe. Just take a look

    Henbury Long sleeved wicking shirt

  • SoftShell Jackets – If budgets allow, these soft shell jackets are smarter and more popular than fleeces. Some are also waterproof which is very useful; it means you don’t need a fleece plus another waterproof layer in order to keep dry. I think they look so much more stylish too.

Breathable hats

Traditionally, the ‘breathable’ option was cotton, but cotton doesn’t wick away moisture so well. The good news is that some new fabrics can help conceal perspiration and are more pleasant to wear. 

  • Breathable caps – If you wear a cap already, consider changing to a breathable one. These look great and have brilliant wicking properties, and just imagine what that can do for hat hair.

    Moisture wicking cap


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