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How to Look Fresh in Hong Kong Heat

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 26 May, 2016, 4:16pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 5:09pm

Photo: Kirk Kenny /
Shirt, $399 from Zara, 70 Queen’s Rd. Central, 2903-9500;
Classic panama hat, $1,299 from Tasteless @ Kapok, Shop HG10-12, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen St., Central, 2858-8170;
Aviator sunglasses, $880 from Absolute Vintage, Shop H407, PMQ, 2369-0618.

You know it: Hong Kong summers average from 30-32 degrees Celsius and the humidity is through the roof. Here are some tips for dudes to cope with the sticky summer and still stay looking fresh.

Cotton Buds
Basically any shirt will look great if it has that rugged, woven cotton look to it. This lightweight shirt from Zara is a perfect example. Roll up the sleeves for some added casual vibes and feel free to open a few buttons, but be careful you’re not showing off too much… 

Throwing Shade
Hats always add a touch of cool in the summer, plus they’re also functional in keeping you from getting sunburnt. Try this brown straw hat from Tasteless, a handcrafter from Ecuador—it’s equally suited for the beach or other outdoor activities.

Sun’s Out
Nothing worse than walking around all day squinting from the sun. These aviators from Hong Kong brand Absolute Vintage will give your outfit a retro but elegant edge. 

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Photo: Kirk Kenny /
Shorts, $499 from RCANO,;
Le Grand Bleu slip-ons, $580 from Rivieras @ Kapok.

Get Shorty
Shorts are a no brainer if you don’t want to sweat your legs off all day. The ideal length is above your knees. Pair these gray shorts from my own brand, RCANO, with a t-shirt for a beachy look—or they can even look smart paired with a button-down shirt or light blazer.

Riviera Cruisin’
No matter if you are wearing loafers, boat shoes or rope-soled espadrilles, skip the socks. I particularly recommend these slip-ons from Rivieras. Great design, and they let your feet breathe!

Grana Farmer
Save those tank tops for the beach, please. If in doubt, brightly colored plain t-shirts look great with anything. V-neck styles look amazing, like this Pima t-shirt from Grana, which is made from breathable 100 percent Peruvian cotton. Make sure it’s a bit loose to cope with the heat and that sweat under your arms…

17 from Grana, The Fitting Room, 108 Hollywood Rd., Sheung Wan, 2755-8744,

Bae Watch
Get a colorful and fun watch to match your colorful summer fun, like this metallic blue number from Klasse14, designed by Alessandro Baldieri.