Lucky for you, we’re currently living in the heyday of the relaxed fit, and there’s no shortage of trendy brands that promote loose silhouettes. But trends, of course, fade fast, and if you’re looking for a lasting solution, you’ll want to pay close attention to fabric and weave.
For hot summer days, preference should always be given to natural fibers like cotton, linen, merino wool — or rayon and silk varieties, if you don’t mind paying your local dry cleaner a visit and doing some light hand-washing. Steer clear of tight knits and weaves, which will not only constrict your armpits but also likely rub off your deodorant. If you’re not exactly clear on what is considered “tight,” follow this very simple test, courtesy of Queer Eye’s resident stylish person, Tan France: Hold the shirt up to a light source. Can you see the light passing through? Yes? That means it’s a loose weave and, therefore, breathable.