With the warmer months fast approaching, it’s vital that you’re equipped with the ideal summer workwear for your industry and role. The Met Office has stated that 2024 will be another record-breaking year – the warmest on record, in fact – making it more essential than ever to be prepared for the heat. 

Although these kinds of temperatures are ideal for summer holidays abroad, they’re not conditions most people would choose to go to work in. What with it being well documented that certain uniforms make workers even hotter during a heatwave, we’ve decided to put together some recommendations for items to add to your uniform and help keep your staff cool this summer.

Summer Polo Shirts

While some polo shirts are made of thicker, heavier fabrics, our AWDis Cool Polo Shirts use Neoteric textured fabric with inherent wickability, meaning they draw moisture away from the skin and help keep you cool and comfortable in warmer conditions while maintaining an air of professionalism. These lightweight tops are available in both men’s and women’s polo shirt fits, in a range of both vibrant and neutral colours.

Summer Workwear Tops

If the role allows you or your employees to dress more casually, you might want to consider our Gildan Ring Spun SoftStyle T-shirt for your summer workwear. Its smooth surface is the ideal canvas for printed logos in any size, while its cotton content gives it a natural feel that helps your skin stay comfortable in the heat. This t-shirt is also available in both men’s and women’s t-shirt fits, coming in up to 36 different colours so you can easily match it to your brand’s colour scheme.

If, however, you need a little extra support in a particularly physically-demanding role, you may wish to opt for one of our many performance t-shirts. These, like the AWDis Cool T-Shirt, are made of moisture-wicking polyester that dries quickly and also protects from UV radiation.

Breezier, still, are the AWDis Cool Vests – also made of polyester, but sleeveless as well. These are ideal for anyone in the fitness or sports industries, from personal trainers to professional athletes.

AWDis Girlie Cool Vest

Pro tip: if you’re looking to kit yourself out in brand new athleisure wear, check out our TriDri range, combining style and technology for the ultimate in sporty style.

Workwear Shorts

If you’re used to wearing our Russell Heavy Duty Work Trousers, then our Russell Workwear Work Shorts are a great alternative to help lower your body temperature and minimise obstructions during the heatwave. Despite their length, they maintain a large quantity of pockets, which are great for construction or any job that requires you to keep track of your tools on the go.

Hi-Vis Summer Workwear

For roles where hi-vis workwear is required, there are a few easy swaps you can make, as highlighted in our article on summer workwear for construction.

You can easily substitute your usual hi-vis jacket for a hi-vis vest (such as our Yoko Hi-Vis Waistcoat) or even sport a simple high-visibility performance polo shirt or t-shirt, like the Portwest PW3 Hi Vis Class 1 T-Shirt. These Portwest shirts are not only lightweight and breathable, but actually designed to block 98% of UV rays as well.

Summer Workwear Accesories

And lastly, it’s vital that you protect your eyes from the sun during the summer months (especially if working outdoors all day). You can either do this by wearing a baseball cap, pair of sunglasses, or both. In terms of head gear, we would recommend either the Beechfield Ultimate 5 Panel cap or the Flexfit Fitted Baseball cap to add a professional touch to your workwear whilst keeping you cool.

When it comes to eye protection, you can’t go wrong with the Portwest Profile Safety Spectacles – which come in two different tinted lens colours and act as PPE as well.

While we’ve given you a brief run-down of some of our favourite summer workwear items, there are still so many more options available on our website. So, if you need any more guidance in terms of what to pick, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly customer service team and ask for help!