Contrary to what came to your mind when you first saw the headline, it has nothing to do with donning a cape and mask. Nor is this about the slow fashion trend. This is our reply to Harrison Linder’s reply to a TODAYonline article about climate change.

TL;DR: The writer outlined a missing piece of the puzzle to combat the ills of greenhouse gas emission; Singapore has been dialling up macro policies on a car-lite society, water technologies and a shift in energy production, but there’s work cut out when it comes to… what people are wearing in the CBD?

Yes, you see, his leading argument is that most corporate men still strut about in suit jackets and long-sleeved shirts in Singapore’s monstrous heat. And that’s a hotbed for environmental degradation because these guys are going make a beeline for the office AC the first chance they get, and turn summer into an artificially induced winter.

If you’ve taken Geography lessons back in school, you should know all about the air CONS. 

So, a call for less stuffy dress codes was made. Guys could, for a start, follow in Japan’s footsteps and sub the suits out for polos and shorts, a la the Singapore police circa the 1960s.

But the writer seems to have missed something else. ‘Classic’, ‘Fitting’, ‘Debonaire’ and ‘Fashionista’ are words you wouldn’t normally peg to most men’s sartorial leanings in Singapore. ‘Dad Fit’ would be it. Opting for a lax dress code is a slippery slope to style indifference – or worse – retardation. This seems to be a problem taking place on a cultural level, and deeply rooted habits don’t change overnight.

Not taking into account the hoodie culture at startups, the proposal for breezier CBD attires won’t happen overnight.

We’re not going to pretend to suddenly be the voice of climate change, raise awareness on ways humans are murdering the environment, and how we’re all on the highway to post-apocalyptic living. But at the same time, we also don’t have Trumpian levels of fantasy that climate change is a myth.

So here’s our verdict. Short of appealing to upper management to shut off the AC, haul in a Big Ass Fan, and green-light beachwear/boxers in place of suit/tie, you’d have a better shot with our recommendations below to stay cool (in all sense of it) – now this can happen overnight.

Know that raising your personal heat index and contributing to El Nino doesn’t have to be a zero-sum game.

Polo Shirts

Your second-in-command if you’re fed up with long-sleeved shirts.

Ted Baker soft touch polo shirt, approx. S$123

ASOS DESIGN pique polo with tipped collar in dark blue, S$25.19

Shirts

The reason you’re feeling El Nino under the collar is because of the fabric. If downgrading your attire is non-negotiable to the boss man, you need linen in your life, bro.

J.CREW Slim-Fit Button-Down Collar Linen Shirt, approx. S$133.14 
Mr. Porter

Tommy Hilfiger linen slim fit shirt, S$93.55
ASOS

Henleys

You might actually get away with this even outside of casual Fridays. That’s how good these can make men look.


Abercrombie & Fitch Textured Long-Sleeve Henley, S$64

Selected Homme Long Sleeve T-Shirt With Henley Neck, S$39.58
ASOS

Pants

Ripped jeans would be the perfect cooling vent for obvious reasons. But for the sake of CBD-hood, you’ll have to settle for these lightweight saviours.

UNIQLO Wool-like Ankle Pants, S$49.90

Ted Baker SELEB Slim fit cotton chinos, approx. S$159

Socks

You gotta keep your feet breathing too.

MUJI non-slip foot cover, S$4.90

Under Armour Charged Cotton® 2.0 No Show Socks, S$21.75

Underwear

Boxers are roomy enough for ventilation, but a tad too roomy to hide inappropriate office erections. Boxer briefs cover a little too much surface area than necessary. Briefs are your best bet here.


CR7 basic 3 pack briefs, S$29
Zalora

Calvin Klein briefs cotton classic 3 pack in black, S$53.97