When it’s particularly hot outside or when it’s the middle of summer, the single most important thing to think about when it comes to wearing traditional menswear is how to stay cool.
In extremely hot weather, it’s excellent to maintain your sense of style without compromising your comfort.
There are two options on how to do this.
The first is to wear climate-appropriate materials, including tropical weight wool and linen.
The second choice is to wear more conventional textiles, but to do so in a weave that permits a significant amount of ventilation circulation.
In this article, I’m focusing on that.
Something along the lines of wool Fresco or Giro Inglese, which is a type of cotton that has been woven using an open vented weave.
I’ll describe what Giro Inglese is.
What is Giro Inglese Weave?
Although the origins of the fabric are English, it may be evident that the phrase “Giro Inglese” is Italian.
A Giro is a turn or a pass, and Inglese is the Italian word for English.
It would be something like an English pass or an English turn if you wanted to interpret it literally. However, an English weave is more literally.
The Aertex firm, which is still operating today, is where the Giro Inglese weave first appeared, sometime about 1888.
Aertex created what they now call the world’s first performance fabric, which required weaving cotton in a way that allowed for good temperature regulation.
This occurred in Lancashire, in the United Kingdom, back in 1888.
In most cases, a cloth will have both a warp and a weft. The warp and the weft are the names given to the two different directions that the threads take when being woven together in a loom.
Two warp threads make up Giro Inglese, and one of them is stationary. It will typically be weaved like a cross if the warp and weft run in opposite directions.
A second warp thread, however, moves from left to right as the weaving is done. That ultimately results in the fabric taking on a honeycomb design.
The honeycomb pattern on the cloth allows a lot of air to pass through it, even at that microscopic level and on such a small scale. This keeps you comfortably cool in hot weather.
Nowadays, Giro Inglese is typically offered as shirting. On occasion, you can find it in other materials like wool or wool blends.
However, you’ll find it in the shape of a shirt around 90% of the time, which makes sense given that you’re wearing this ventilated fabric close to your body where the air circulation is most important.
You can lose some of the benefits of it if you wear a Giro Inglese jacket over a regular cotton shirt. On the other hand, you can most certainly wear both of them at the same time.
The Gaudery Giro Inglese shirt looks a lot like a typical cotton shirt.
When I first received it, I was actually surprised because the other Giro Inglese shirts I’d seen were rougher and I could clearly see the mesh structure of this fabric.
However, with this, it practically resembles a poplin and I can’t see through it at all.
However, if I look at it extremely closely, I can see the small openings in the fabric, and it has a comparable purpose of ventilating well, but it does not have that same level of transparency.
Because of the transparency, Giro Inglese is typically worn covered with a jacket. It will expose your chest, which makes it odd-looking. It might be embarrassing, depending on how modest you are.
In contrast, you can’t really see through The Gaudery shirt at all.
So keep in mind that Giro Inglese comes in various weights. You can distinguish the difference if you pay close attention. Some of them actually have a honeycomb weave that makes them look more mesh-like.
Others may perceive it as more of a solid, and you must really concentrate to detect the spacing.
Supposedly the really fine mesh enables more ventilation, but if you want to get that balance between not being so transparent, I would suggest going with a little bit thicker option. Because it has a little more opacity to it and is slightly more opaque, you will be able to enjoy the benefits of both worlds.
If you haven’t heard of Giro Inglese, I highly recommend giving it a shot.
For ventilation and keeping you cool in the summer, it works incredibly well. Decide on the weave you want to wear, depending on how open it is. Depending on the temperature and whether you want to wear a jacket over it or not.
If you’re choosing Giro Inglese for general use, I’d recommend getting one that falls somewhere in the middle. Something that is neither too solid nor too sheer.
If you truly want to wear it in warm weather, wear a mesh that is more transparent and cover it with a jacket.
When wearing it in the spring and early summer, you can go for something a little more solid while yet allowing for ventilation.