Fashion

How to survive the heatwave from 9 to 5

Temperatures are set to sky rocket today, so here – to help you through the heatwave – is what to wear wherever you work (and we mean, wherever)

Temperature are forecast to reach a, quite frankly, insane 39 degrees Celsius this week. It’s a fact which not only means that global warming is 100 per cent a thing; but it’s also one which means that you, like us, are no doubt probably beginning to wonder whether you can get away with wearing your budgie smugglers and sandals to work.

Though the answer to that question is most likely (very sadly), “no”, there are a number of work-appropriate warm weather wardrobe solutions available no matter which office (or otherwise) you work in.

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Whether you're desk-bound in the City or you spend your days attending client meetings in Soho, we’ve done the hard work so you can avoid the dreaded back drip. Top tip? Avoid the tube at all costs.

Start-up savant

It’s true that if you’ve founded a startup you can basically wear what you like to work. That said, your day-to-day routine is probably unpredictable (meaning you’re just as likely to be doing a coffee run as you are to be meeting a potential investor), so it’s probably a bad idea to turn up to the office (read: Soho House) wearing a string vest, shorts and flip flops.

Opt instead for a pair of wide-legged cropped trousers that will give your legs a a bit of breeze, and a grandad-collar shirt that won't leave you hot under the collar. Shoes? Box-fresh white tennis shoes (sock free), but no ankle-covering high-tops. Our final tip? He may have founded Facebook, but never look to hoodie-loving Mark Zuckerberg for style tips.

The trousers

Track pant by Dunhill, £255. At dunhill.com

The sneakers

Trainers by Grenson, £175. grenson.com

The tee

T-shirt by Sunspel, £70. sunspel.com

Tech unicorn

It’s a sad fact that the IT departments of companies tend to be kept out of the way. Though you could use that to your advantage in the heat, there’s always a chance that your CEO could pay you a visit, which means flip-flops are out of the question. A well-cut (not to mention well-ironed) short-sleeved shirt in seersucker or a silk-mix should do the trick. On the bottom? Some tapered linen trousers, with a turn-up, and some Birkenstocks (treat yourself) or driving shoes – if you’re feeling snazzy.

The trousers

Trousers by Armani, £590. armani.com

The shirt

Shirt by Dunhill, £225. dunhill.com

The shoes

Driving shoes by Tod's, £340. tods.com

Pushed-to-the-limit teacher

It goes without saying that teachers are there to set an impression, which means if you are one, you absolutely shouldn’t rock up to school (when it eventually starts again) wearing shorts and a T-shirt. Instead, keep your knees covered (unless you're a rugby coach that is), and your builder’s tan under wraps. A suit is probably the best option, but we reckon that in this day and age you can probably afford to ditch the tie. Head to British designer Oliver Spencer, who makes some seriously summer-friendly, loose-fitting suits, and opt for a collarless shirt or T-shirt underneath. For the cherry on the floaty-light cake, maybe even try your luck with a lapel-free blazer.

The suit

Jacket by Oliver Spencer, £310. oliverspencer.co.uk

Scoop-searching journalist

As a journalist, your days will be probably filled with as many meetings as it is up-to-the-line phone interviews. In the GQ office we live this dichotomy day-in-day-out. Our top tip? Opt for some chic sandals which are as comfortable as they are low key, a pair of loose-fitting trousers which nip at the waist and taper at the hem, and an open-neck, billowing shirt in a light fabric, which should be tucked into your trousers. keeping cool in the heat (and looking like you’ve got your sh*t together) has never been easier. Promise.

The shirt

Shirt by Balenciaga, £855. At matchesfashion.com

The sandals

Sandals by Prada, £370. At matchesfashion.com

The trousers

Trousers by Gucci, £490. At matchesfashion.com

Canary Wharf hustler

Typically suited, bankers have the hardest task when it comes to keeping cool in the summer (and that's without the fear of sudden stock market dips). While in the past a grey pinstripe three-piece suit would've been a go-to down at HSBC and JPMorgan Chase, there's simply no place for one of those in the summer heat.

Instead of a winter-ready charcoal suit, opt for something on the lighter side. A cream, stone or buff-hued suit won't just feel fresh and sharp, but will also ensure you look weather appropriate. Ensure the cut is close and the structure strong in order for your suit to remain looking smart throughout the day (Marks & Spencer and Richard James are both good places too start). Anything deconstructed or soft around the edges will run the risk of looking a touch ‘Southern Senator on a steamboat’.

Fabric-wise, opt for a crease-resistant linen or a high-twist merino wool. The latter (believe it or not) will be a lot more breathable than something in sweat-absorbing cotton, thanks to the former’s looser construction.

The jacket

Jacket by J.Crew, £475. jcrew.com

The trousers

Trousers by J.Crew, £252. jcrew.com

The shirt

Shirt by Brunello Cucinelli, £310. brunellocucinelli.com

On-the-run assistant

Run to Bond Street, bus to Shoreditch, Tube to Tottenham Court Road - and that’s all before 10am. Being a fashion assistant is no mean feat in a heatwave. The GQ starter pack? An oversized polo shirt in a natural fabric (anything synthetic will promote perspiration), shorts above the knee to allow movement, and comfortable footwear (trainers or hiking sandals are your best bet) will ensure you get the job done without breaking a sweat (and that you’ll also look MAJE - look it up).

The Polo Shirt

Shirt by Burberry, £350. burberry.com

The Sandals

Sandals by Teva, £40. teva.co.uk

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