Hot Weather Clothes for Men

hot weather clothes for men

Care and a little research are needed when selecting hot weather clothes for men in your country or for visits to tropical climates. The properties of various fabrics have already been discussed in two previous blogs Tropical Island Clothing – The clothes you choose for your vacation‘ and Hot Weather Clothes for Women. It would be a good idea to review these blogs so that you are better prepared to select clothing items that would be most comfortable in hot weather.

A Word On Fabrics Used in Hot Weather Clothes for Men

In summary, it’s best to use fabrics made of natural plant fibers such as cotton and linen, as these are breathable which allows more movement of air through the fabric; as a result, the clothing item feels cool even in hot weather. Plant-based fibers are also soft on the skin and comfortable to wear; this is in contrast to fabrics made synthetically, such as polyester, nylon, spandex, etc. These fabrics are not as breathable and will be as comfortable in hot weather.

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It must be said however that cotton and linen if wet, do not dry quickly if you are sweating or involved in sports, whereas synthetics do dry quickly. Cotton and linen are easily washed and dried. Synthetic fabrics have something called wicking, wherein sweat from your skin is wicked up through the fabric into the air to keep you cooler, unfortunately, this fabric carries the smell of the sweat which can become a discomfort to you and those around you. Synthetics must be hand washed in cold water and hung dry. If hot water is used or you place them in a hot drier then the fabric will be damaged and they will shrink; on the other hand cotton and linen will not shrink to any significant degree.

There are now many fabric blends on the market for shirts and blouses, pants and shorts, or dresses. The most popular are cotton and polyester mixtures of 65% cotton and 35% polyester, or 95% cotton and 5% spandex. Leggings now have blends such as 86% Polyester and 14% Spandex, or mixtures of 44% Nylon, 32% Polyester, and 24% Spandex. The combinations seem endless, but people are interested in more durability and stretchiness, especially for sports clothing.

Please do not forget the damaging effects of ultraviolet rays from the sun on your skin. I myself have had four surgeries because of skin cancer while working in Botswana and being here in Indonesia for 28 years. If your skin is sensitive to sunburn, and remember even dark skin can be sunburned. It is better to choose long-sleeved shirts; you can always roll up the sleeves when you like. Also, get shirts that have collars to protect your neck, and women would be cooler in long dresses that are made of lightweight and airy materials.

Swimwear can be made of any fabric as they are not normally worn for long periods of time. The most popular swimwear are made of synthetic materials such as polyester, spandex, nylon, PBT and Lycra.

In line with this discussion on clothes for hot climates, three blogs have been completed on the best hats to use in hot sunny weather. It would be worth your while to look through these as well. These are ‘The Most Popular Summer Hats for Women‘, The Most Popular Summer Hats for Men, and Summer Hat for Kids.

Types of Clothing for Men

The types of clothing to be presented below include shirts, t-shirts, pants, shorts, undergarments and swimwear. Please read the details of each item if you are interested in making a purchase. There are pros and cons for each fabric blend as described above.

1. Shirts

Hot Weather Clothes for Men

It is best to use shirts made of lightweight natural fibers such as cotton, bamboo or linen as they are breathable; this allows the transfer of air and heat more readily through the fabric rather than fabrics such as polyester and spandex. Shirts with long sleeves and collars will protect your skin from harmful UV light from the sun. Short sleeve shirts, open-necked shirts and tank tops are much cooler but have the added risk of you getting a sunburn if you are in the sun. It is advised to go for the latter if you will be spending most of your time in shaded areas, such as cafés, children’s play areas, walks in the forest, shopping in malls, etc.

 

 

2. T-Shirts

Hot Weather Clothes for Men

T-shirts are ideal in hot weather and are made mostly of cotton and cotton-polyester blends. The blended t-shirts are much more durable and will be slightly hotter, but do not let this dissuade you away from a design that you really love.

 

 

 

 

3. Pants and Shorts

tropical pants

tropical shorts for man

Choose pants and shorts that are made of a soft lightweight fabric and hang loose on the legs, leaving you feeling cool and comfortable whenever you wear them. Pants come in various lengths, some long, others cut below the knees and others cut above the knees. The coolest fabrics, as stated above, would be made of natural fibers such as cotton and linen. If you get polyester blends, aim for a blend that is not greater than 35%.

 

 

4. Undergarments

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Men always have trouble deciding which underwear they should buy. With regard to fabric, in hot weather cotton is one most chosen for undergarments, as it is breathable, therefore less buildup of sweat. There are synthetic fabrics designed now that improve wicking to reduce moisture close to the skin as described above. Make sure you buy the correct size for your body.

The 3 main undergarment types for men, are: 1) briefs, 2) boxers and 3) boxer briefs. Preferences vary among men on which are the best; there are  Pros and Cons for each type. Below is my take on this discussion which is similar to many opinions found on the internet.

 

BRIEFS

PROS:

  • Good support for your family jewels especially during sport activitiesMen's briefs
  • Comfortable in cool and cold weather

CONS:

  • Exposed upper inner thighs, the wrong fabric may cause chaffing especially in overweight men
  • Excess sweating and sticky in hot weather or when playing sports
  • Attractive on men with good physique, not attractive to women on thin or overweight men
  • Appearance-wise, can be embarrassing if you have to leave your accommodation in an emergency

BOXERS

boxer shorts

PROS:

  • More appropriate for heavy or overweight men as it makes the thighs look bigger
  • Comfortable to sleep in or to relax in around the house
  • Moderately attractive to women
  • Freedom of movement … feels like you’re not wearing anything
  • Not embarrassing if you have to leave in an emergency as they look like regular shorts

CONS:

  • Leaves the family jewels hanging – no support provided
  • Not good for jogging or other sports

BOXER BRIEFS

boxer briefs

PROS:

  • Comfortable and provides good protection for the family jewels
  • Inner thighs not exposed, so not prone to chaffing
  • Considered the most attractive no matter what your body type
  • Most appealing to women, especially if you have a decent physique
  • Resembles shorts
  • Excellent for sports or other outdoor activities

CONS:

  • Excess sweating and sticky in hot weather or when playing sports

5. Swimwear

The type of swimwear you use depends upon the activity you will carry out. Are you a competitive swimmer, a surfer, or someone who just wants to have fun on the beach with family and friends? There are several basic types of swimwear for men and examples will be shown later in the blog for you to see.

The main types of swimwear for men are:

men's boxer swim suit

1. Swimming Trunks – these are general-purpose swimwear that has been around for ages. They have a length mid-way between the crotch and the knee and come with an inside liner for protection. They usually have an elastic band and a drawcord at the waist. The fabric is commonly synthetic to keep water from being absorbed and thus allowing them to dry quickly.

 

 

 

men's board shorts

2. Boardshorts –  originally were used by surfing enthusiasts, but now everyone is wearing them. These shorts look like regular shorts but do not have an elastic waistband as they may fall off when out surfing, instead, they have a drawcord to keep the waistband snug on the body. They are longer than the swimming trunks and are much roomier.

 

 

 

men's swimming briefs

3.  Swim Briefs – tight form-fitting swim wear made famous by the Speedo Brand. They sit on the hip and do not have leg coverings like shorts do. Athletes use them to reduce drag while swimming competitively. Typically made of Spandex.

 

 

 

men's square leg swimsuits

4.  Square Leg Swimsuits / Square Cut Shorts – these are similar to boxer underwear. This design lies somewhere between swimming briefs and swimming trunks. The square leg swimsuit is cut similarly with boxer brief underwear and comes with a fitted look. Its design has a straight leg opening cut for a boxy look that’s slightly less revealing than angled swimming briefs.

 

 

 

men's swim jammers

5.  Swim Jammers – are form-fitting that reaches just above the knee. Competitive swimmers used them to reduce drag to improve speed. They are a common trend now with both competitive and non-competitive swimmers.

 

 

 

Our Top Picks for the Various Categories Listed Above Are Shown Below

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SHIRTS

1.  Men’s Classic-Fit Short Sleeve Solid Soft Cotton Polo Shirt – Brand: Nautica Store

This classic polo shirt is made of 100% cotton, is breathable, soft and very comfortable even in hot weather. The shirt has a button closure at the front and a short collar. This fabric can be machine washed and dried. It comes in 46 colors, and ranges in sizes from extra small to 6X large. It is perfect for any activity day or night.

 

This shirt has excellent reviews of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 10,617 global ratings as of 29 May 2021.

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2.  Men’s Full-Zip Eco-Smart Fleece Hoodie – Brand: Hanes

This hoodie is made of 50% Cotton and 50% Polyester. It is soft and breathable and very durable with a zipper closure in the front, 2 kangaroo pockets at the front and a hood with a drawcord. The fabric is pill-resistant with high stitch density. The cuffs and waistline are both ribbed to make a snug fit. It can be machine washed and dried without shrinkage. The hoodie comes in 12 colors, and sizes range from small to XXX large. It is perfect for any activity day or night.

This shirt has excellent reviews of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 61,613 global ratings as of 27 May 2021.

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3.  Men’s Workwear Jersey Pocket Long-Sleeve Shirt K126 (Regular and Big & Tall Sizes) Brand: CarharttStore

This casual shirt is made of 100% Cotton and is perfect for hot weather. It is soft and breathable to keep you cool. The sleeves are full length and it has a round neck with no collar. The shirt comes in 30 colors and sizes range from small to 5X large big tall.

This shirt has excellent reviews of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 25,937 global ratings as of 28 May 2021.

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4.  Men’s Casual Long Sleeve Cotton Linen Henley Beach Shirt – Brand: Coofandy Store

This popular linen long sleeve shirt is lightweight, soft, breathable, moisture-wicking and does not shrink. The shirt is perfect for any summertime activity at or away from home. The fabric is machine washable, and sizes range from extra small to XXX large, and it comes in 13 solid colors.

This shirt has reviews of 4.1 out of 5 stars from 3,333 global ratings as of 28 May 2021.

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T-SHIRTS

1.  Men’s K87 Workwear Short Sleeve T-Shirt – Brand: Carhartt Store

This casual men’s short sleeve t-shirt comes in 14 colors, and the type of fabric is dependent on the color of the shirt. 10 shirts are made of 100% cotton; the Carbon Heather and Dark Cobalt Blue Heather shirt is 60% Cotton and 40% Polyester; the Heather Grey shirt is 90% Cotton and 10% Polyester; and the Ash shirt is 99% Cotton and1% Polyester. All shirts are breathable, soft, comfortable and can be machine washed and dried. The t-shirt is perfect for any outdoor and indoor activities. Sizes range from small to 5X large depending on the color.

This t-shirt has reviews of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 31,640 global ratings as of 28 May 2021.

 

 

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2.  Cotton Performance Sleeveless Muscle T-Shirt – Brand: Russell Athletic Store

The muscle t-shirt is made of a lightweight cotton blend that feels soft on the skin and has dry powder moisture-wicking technology to keep you cool and dry. It also has odor protection to keep you smelling fresh. The shirt comes in 6 colors and sizes range from small to 4X large.

This t-shirt has reviews of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 5,813 global ratings as of 28 May 2021.

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3.  Men’s Soft Moisture Wicking  Tank Undershirts-Multipacks – Brand: Hanes

This popular tank shirt is made of 75% Cotton and 25% Polyester. It is soft, durable, breathable and wicks away sweat, and the banded neck and armholes resist wear and tear. The colors for shirts vary with each packet; a 6 pack with 3 black shirts and 3 grey shirts; a 6 pack with white shirts; a 12 pack with 12 white shirts; and a 3 pack with white shirts. All tank shirts are machine washable.

This t-shirt has reviews of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 36,490 global ratings as of 28 May 2021.

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4.  Mens Casual Slim Fit Basic Henley Long Sleeve T-Shirt – Brand: YTD Store

This slim-fit t-shirt is made of 95% Cotton and 5% Spandex, it is soft, breathable and wicks away sweat. It is machine washable and dryable on low temperatures. The front has a button closure and the sleeves are full length. The full-length sleeves come in 4 colors, and the short sleeve t-shirts come in 8 colors. Size range from small to XX-Large.  Good for work or play.

This t-shirt has reviews of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 4,897 global ratings as of 28 May 2021.

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PANTS

1.  Men’s Classic-fit Wrinkle-Resistant Flat-Front Chino Pants – Brand: Amazon Essentials Store

These classic Chino pants are made of 60% Cotton and 40% Polyester, making them durable, wrinkle-resistant and easy to care for. The pants come with zip fly and button closure, with side pockets and button pockets at the back. Sizes range from sizes 28W x 28L to 42W x 38L; it comes in 14 colors and is machine washable.

These pants have reviews of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 20,609 global ratings as of 30 May 2021.

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2.  Men’s Premium No Iron Khaki Classic Fit Pants with Expandable Waist – Brand: Harrar Store

This classic-fit pants are made of 61% Cotton, 37% Polyester and 2% Spandex. The fabric is stretchable, does not need ironing, comes in 12 colors, and is machine washable.

Sizes range from 32W x 30 L and 44W x 32L, and there is a bonus feature whereby the waistband is able to expand an extra 3 inches (7.6 cm) if needed.

These pants have reviews of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 8,402 global ratings as of 30 May 2021.

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3.  Men’s Classic Twill Relaxed Fit Cargo Pants – Brand: Wrangler Authentics Store

This classic-fit pants are made of 100% Cotton; excellent for hot weather. The fabric is breathable, soft and comfortable, machine washable and comes in 6 colors. These pants have a zipper closure in the front and have belt loops around the waist. There are 6 pockets in all, 2 regular pockets front and back and cargo flap pockets on the side of each leg. Sizes range from 29W x 30 L and 54W x 32L.

These very popular pants have reviews of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 22,174 global ratings as of 30 May 2021.

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4.  Men’s Linen Pants Casual Elastic Waist Drawstring Yoga Beach Trousers Brand: Coofandy Store

These yoga beach pants are made of a cotton/linen fabric. The fabric is soft, breathable and will keep you cool all day long. There is an elastic as well as a drawstring closure at the waist, and there are two deep pockets at the back and two in the front.  There are 3 styles shown, one of which is the extra baggy stylish hip-hop Harem pants. These pants are very airy and perfect for hot climates. They can be used for the beach, yoga, dancing, or on vacation. It is recommended that the pants be hand-washed, but they can also be machine washed or dry cleaned.

These pants have reviews of 4.2 out of 5 stars from 1,549 global ratings as of 30 May 2021.

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SHORTS

1.  Men’s Survivor Belted Cargo Short-Reg and Big & Tall Sizes – Brand: Unionbay Store

These shorts are made of 100% Cotton. They have a zipper closure at the front and a buttoned waist, along with D-ring belt loops. There are 6 pockets in all, 2 regular pockets front and back and cargo flap pockets on the side of each leg.  They are machine washable and come in 14 colors. The sizes range from 30 to 54. These shorts are perfect for beachwear, sports, camping and hiking, or daily casual wear. 

These shorts have reviews of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 13,912 global ratings as of 30 May 2021.

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2. Amazon Essentials Men’s 8″ Drawstring Walk Shorts – Brand: Amazon Essentials Store

These popular shorts are made of 100% Cotton, giving them a soft breathable texture that keeps you cool in hot weather. The waist has an elastic band and a drawstring, and they have a zip fly with a button closure. There are two side pockets and a single pocket at the back on the right. The shorts come in 22 colors and range in sizes from extra small t0 XX-large. Perfect for casual wear at the beach, camping, hiking, or relaxing at a backyard BBQ.

These shorts have reviews of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 7,807 global ratings as of 30 May 2021.

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3.  Men’s Perfect-Short  Brand: Dockers

These Docker shorts are made of 100% cotton, are breathable and comfortable in hot weather. The shorts have a roomy fit and sit just above the knee. The front has a zip closure and buttoned top, and there are two deep pockets in the front and two buttoned pockets at the back. There are 9 colors to choose from and sizes range from 28 to 44.

These shorts have reviews of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 22,418 global ratings as of 30 May 2021.

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4.   Men’s Cordova Belted Messenger Cargo Short – Reg and Big and Tall Sizes Brand: Unionbay Store

These shorts are made of 100% Cotton which is breathable and comfortable all day long in hot weather. The front has a zipper closure and a buttoned waist. It comes with 6 pockets, two Velcro flapped pockets at the back, two deep pockets at the front and a large cargo pocket on the side of each leg. The shorts can be washed and dried by machine. There are 16 colors to choose from, and sizes range from 30 to 54.

These shorts have reviews of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 19,558 global ratings as of 30 May 2021.

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UNDERGARMENTS – Briefs, Boxers and Boxer Briefs

PANTIES AND SHAPEWEAR

1.  Men’s Tag-Free Cotton Briefs – Brand: Fruit of the Loom Store

One of the most popular brands, Fruit of the Loom briefs is made of 100% Cotton, is soft, breathable and wicks moisture to keep you cool and dry. The briefs can be machine washed in cold water, and tumble dried on low heat. Sizes range from small to 5X large, it is sold in packets: packet with 6 assorted colors, a packet with 15 all-white briefs and a packet with 6 pack assorted stripes and solids.

These briefs have excellent reviews of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 28,830 global ratings as of 30 May 2021.

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2.   Men’s ComfortSoft Knit Boxers 5Pk – Brand: Hanes Store

These boxers are very soft, breathable and comfortable. Three packets are available: Packet Solids are 100% Cotton; Packet Heater is 75% Cotton and 25% Polyester; and Packet Dunk Stripes is 55% Cotton and 45% Polyester. All types are machine washable. Sizes range from small to 4X large.

 

These boxers have excellent reviews of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 29,444 global ratings as of 28 May 2021.
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3.  Men’s Coolzone Boxer Briefs (Assorted Colors) – Brand: Fruit of the Loom Store

These Coolzone fly boxer briefs are made of 100% Cotton. They are soft, breathable, stretchable, and wick moisture to keep you cool and dry. One unique feature of these briefs is the breathable mesh at the front that allows for improved airflow to improve ventilation where it is needed most. The boxer briefs come in four separate packets each containing 7 boxer briefs. There is an assorted color pack, a black pack; a black and grey pack; and a stripe and solid pack. The briefs can be washed by machine in cold water. Use only non-chlorine bleach when needed; do not use a fabric softener; tumble dry low; do not iron. Sizes range from small to 5X large.

These shorts have excellent reviews of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 59,643 global ratings as of 30 May 2021.

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SWIMWEAR – Swimming Trunks, Boardshorts, Square Leg Swimsuits, Swim Jammers, Swim Briefs

1.  Men’s Swim Trunks Quick Dry Shorts with Pockets – Brand: Silkworld Store

These classic swimming trunks are made of 100% soft water-resistant Polyester with an inner mesh brief. There is an elastic band at the waist and well as a drawstring, and there are two deep pockets on each side, and one pocket in the back with a Velcro flap. These swimming trunks could also pass for regular shorts and can be worn at the beach or pool and in any other location. Sizes range from extra small to extra large, and it comes in 30 different patterns and colors.  It should be washed by hand in cold water and hung dry, do not bleach. They will be damaged in hot water and in hot dryers.

These shorts have reviews of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 4,298 global ratings as of 30 May 2021.

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2.  Men’s Sportwear Quick Dry Board Shorts with Lining – Brand: Nonwe Store

These board shorts are made of 95% Polyester and 5% Spandex, leaving them very lightweight, durable, quick-drying and slightly elastic, with an inner comfortable mesh lining. The front has a hook & loop fly, and the waist has a drawstring to adjust and secure the shorts. There is one cargo pocket found on the side of one leg. These board shorts are perfect for water sports, swimming at the beach or relaxing in the shade. Sizes range from 28 to 42.  The swimsuit comes in 7 plain colors and 36 colored patterns. They should be washed by hand in cold water and hung dry, do not bleach. The shorts will be damaged in hot water and in dryers.

Reviews for these shorts show 4.4 out of 5 stars from 5,809 global ratings as of 30 May 2021.

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3.  Mens Suit Swim Brief Square Leg Board Shorts – Brand: Coofandy Store

These square leg board shorts are 100% polyester, lightweight, fast-drying, elastic, durable and comfortable to wear. The shorts have an elastic waistband and a drawstring, and a small zip pocket on one leg to hold your keys, money or ID. These shorts can be washed by hand or machine, but it’s important to use cold water, to avoid bleach and to hang dry as it will shrink in hot water or in dryers. Sizes range from small to XX-large, and it comes in 29 plain colors and 2 colors with patterns. Perfect for the beach, water sports or at poolside.

It has good reviews of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 1,294 global ratings as of 30 May 2021.

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4.  Men’s Swimsuit Jammer Endurance+ Solid USA Adult – Brand: Speedo Store

This jammer suit is 50% polyester and 50% PBT, this combination is ultra chlorine-resistant and designed to last 20 times longer than other swimsuit fabrics.  It has 4-way stretch technology, is lightweight, soft and like a second skin. It does not retain moisture well and is quick-drying. A drawstring is found at the waistline to make the perfect adjustment for your waist. This suit covers much of the leg above the knees to help reduce drag during competitive swimming. Sizes range from 30 to 38, and it comes in Speedo blue, Speedo black and navy. The garment should be washed in cold water and hung to dry. Do not use hot water or bleach.

These shorts have reviews of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 2,980 global ratings as of 30 May 2021.

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4.   Men’s Swimsuit Briefs Powerflex Eco Solar – Brand: Speedo Store

This sexy swimsuit is made of 52% Recycled Polyester and 48% PBT. The fabric is soft, very elastic and very comfortable, and has a drawstring at the waist to adjust the fit. This swimsuit should be hand washed only and hung to dry. Do not use bleach. Sizes range from 24 to 38, and it comes in 14 different colors. This swimsuit is ideal for the beach or at poolside. 

These shorts have reviews of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 2,116 global ratings as of 30 May 2021.

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