I do a lot of traveling for both business and pleasure. This is a great way to take in a lot of different cultures, food and styles. Whether it’s the layered, dark looks of New York City or the simple and causal California style, different places have their own certain way of dressing. This doesn’t just apply to “regular” everyday clothes, but also transposes to business attire as well. And as a lot of my travel involved work, I need to ensure that I look right depending on where I go.
One of my favorite types of places to go are those that are in the tropical band. Places like Miami, and the Caribbean offer a culture and style that I really like, and I wanted to share some tips on how to professionally dress in these places.
First off, colors are your friend. It is totally appropriate to go to a business meeting in these areas with a bright blue or even pink button-down shirt. And the suit colors themselves can vary more than your typical black, brown, navy blue and grey. Light blue, off-white and other colors really do fit in well in these types of places and allow you to add a little bit of color to an otherwise drab wardrobe.
Another important thing to keep in mind is the material your clothes are made out of as these places get HOT. With summer temperatures exceeding 90 degrees, you need to know what kinds of clothes to wear to avoid becoming a nasty, sweaty mess. In this situation, linen is your friend. It breathes well, is light and many designers make business attire out of it. A mens white linen shirt can be the foundation of a professional outfit. These shirts even work well after hours when it’s time to hit the beach or club scene. It’s a material and style that I personally love and work well in the environment.