The coverage for Joseph’s Custom Clothiers just keeps rolling in!
This month Joseph Wendt, owner, is featured in Gulfshore Business where he gives some experienced advice on choosing the right suit for a hot climate like Florida. We’ve reposted his article here for you to check out – you can also read it on the Gulfshore Business site by following this link. Congrats to Joseph and his team!
The right suit? No sweat
The best choices for business suits in climates like Florida are made of breathable fabrics such as tropical wools and wool/mohair blends that are 120-gauge thread count. These suits wear well, are lightweight and keep their shape. Luxurious Italian cotton and linen suits also are great for staying cool but may require pressing from time to time.
For the evenings, opt for a sport coat made of lightweight wool or a silk-linen blend. These fabrics have a light/lofty feel with a beautiful textured look that is great in either solids or patterns. Another ultra-lightweight option would be a cashmere and silk-blend sport jacket. These jackets wear well and are very comfortable.
A lightweight shoe can make a big difference in keeping you cool and comfortable in tropical climates. Footwear made of Italian calfskin leather is the best choice. The construction of these shoes is lighter in weight and features either a terry cloth or ultra thin lining. In some instances, you can even purchase a shoe with no lining. Also, the structure of these shoes is soft and breathable and is available in a variety of styles, including wingtip, loafer, monk strap and cap toe.
From hot to cold
When traveling to different climates, dress for your destination. So, if you are traveling from Southwest Florida to a cooler climate, wear a medium-weight wool suit and bring a coat. For very cold climates wool flannel suits are ideal. Remember, it’s the weight of the fabric, not the type, that determines how warm or cool a suit will be.
To keep your business attire looking its best while traveling, keep a plastic cover over each item and don’t pack pieces too tightly. It also helps to keep the lightest item on top to prevent wrinkling.
—Joseph Wendt, of Joseph’s Custom Clothiers of New York City and Naples, a provider and designer of custom men’s business, formal and casual apparel for more than 20 years.