ASK DAN: Business Travel, Sweat Marks, Staying Tucked

July 29th, 2015

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Business Travel

Q: Dan, I’ve been traveling for work for 3 days at a time… Trying to remain stylish with only one carry-on is a daunting task. I am a big fan of the “capsule wardrobe” series you have been doing lately, but I need a more strict business look each day. I’m trying to come up with combinations that could be mixed and matched to make three great looks for each trip. Only packing one suit would make life a lot easier. Any suggestions?

A: You can get away with only packing one suit in your carry-on, but I would wear a second one during your travels. Having two suits that can be mixed and matched as separates gives you plenty of wardrobe flexibility; suit 1 together, suit 2 together, jacket 1 with trouser 2, jacket 2 with trouser 1, etc. The only other thing you need to pack is a couple shirts and ties that work equally as well with each suit fabric. You can certainly get away with only one pair of shoes, so you save on room there. If you fold it right this should easily fit into one carry-on, and the best part is, you’ll be the sharply tailored businessman at the airport. That’s always a good way to start a successful trip.

Sweating Through My Clothes

Q: Dan, it’s hot and sticky out here. I walk or take the subway to work, and by the time I get there, my shirts (and sometimes trousers) have sweat marks showing already… What can I do to not look like a sweaty mess when I first get to the office?

A: I may not be able to stop you from sweating altogether, but here are some tips to help keep you little more dry. 1) wear more breathable fabrics on hot days, like linens and tropical wools 2) commute to work in a t-shirt and shorts and change at the office (or maybe just carry your jacket and tie rather than wearing them) 3) take an air conditioned car to work 4) carry an ice-cold water thermos with you to keep your body temperature down during your commute (maybe one of those little hand-held fans, too) 5) give yourself more time so you’re not rushing or stressing. 6) always walk on the shaded side of the street 7) move to Southern California where it’s always hot but never sweaty ;) Good luck out there, player.

Keeping Shirts Tucked

Q: I live in New Jersey, USA and would like to know where I can purchase the “no slip rubber grip” from one of your old posts . Is there a web site I can order it from? Thank you for you help.

A: Man, I had no idea when I wrote this post that I would get regular questions about it for the next two and a half years. Turns out lots of guys have a hard time keeping their shirts tucked-in. I did find some waistband grip tape by the meter here, but you can usually find it at fabric stores or tailor supply shops. You can also ask your local tailor, he’ll probably know, and he’ll likely be the one sewing it into your trousers. You may also want to make sure your shirts are large enough in the hips – if the shirt is tight around the hips/seat, it will have a tendency to “ride up” rather than remaining in place… Cheers mate.

Thanks, as always, for reading. Have a style question? Hit me.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

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  • Liamoliver

    That’s a great help and good tips. I would like to add to question that will bespoke suit or bespoke tailor be a good help? Like is it possible to have variations in look with single bespoke suit?

  • AdamE

    I struggle with the same issue as the subway guy… I try to wear slightly looser and airy-er clothes (linens, lightweight cottons, tropical wools, etc.). A good undershirt is a good place to start, while the layer is counter-intuitive in terms preventing overheating, it will prevent you from sweating through. I would just avoid your sweat wicking polyesters, because they tend to push the sweat through to your shirt on top, which you then sweat through… My best luck has been with lightweight cotton undershirts. That said, I’ve got a merino undershirt on its way, and am interested in trying that…

  • cant remember

    If you want to keep shirts tucked in, you could try a product called the NV T Holder. It was an indiegogo project that failed to get all of the money but you should still be able to get one if you email them direct. I’ve got one and your shirts will stay tucked in even when your doing some active stuff!!

  • Shawn

    Remaining dry with the heat wave we’re currently going thru seems like an impossible task.

  • Miguel

    Staying tucked is one of the hardest thing unless you don’t move much.

    • Can’t remember

      Try the NV T holder then. That could help !

  • Eric

    +1 on moving to LA. For all the legitimate gripes about my hometown, there’s nothing resembling east coast/southeast humidity around these parts.

  • Alex Trambitas

    For the subway guy… find and wear a good undershirt that will wick away sweat. You’ll be a bit cooler without it, but you’ll also be infinitely sweatier and it will show through your clothes. Also carry around a handkerchief (aka that thing you usually use as a pocket square) so you can wipe away your facial sweat. You won’t believe how much it helps.