OK, well, it’s been a strange few months by anyone’s standards, but lockdown is easing and the sun is shining. That can mean only one thing: it’s time to break out the summer suits. Whether you’re returning to the 9-5 grind or looking to look your best for those socially distanced parties, you can’t beat a well-tailored summer suit. But what should you be looking for?Four Summer Suit Styles
Linen suits are the ultimate choice for summer. Smart, suave, and elegantly relaxed. It’s a classic look that has never really gone out of style. And that’s partly because linen is so damn comfortable in the heat. It’s breathable, moisture-wicking and light. A suit like the Shades skinny fit in light blue has versatility at its core. It’s smart enough for the office, chic enough for an evening social affair, but can be easily adapted for relaxed, down-time apparel. Simply adjust your accessories – shirt style, tie (or not), shoes, and sparkle – accordingly. And always, always go sockless.
Cotton is a great choice for suits, whatever the season. It’s polished, can be beautifully tailored, and yet lends itself to the more casual aesthetic. It also allows for good air circulation. In summer, softer and brighter colours are always the go. So, if you’re looking for something fabulous for a more formal occasion, such as a wedding – socially distanced or otherwise – a suit like the skinny fit Manet ticks all the boxes. 97% cotton with a touch of elastane for comfort, the suit is fresh, comfortable and looks spectacular.
And if you’re not comfortable with such a confident colourway and print, look to the simpler styles, such as the Bufoni. It’s a sartorial staple to build your summer wardrobe around.
The seersucker suit is one of those looks that seems absolutely set to be a passing fad. But it’s been growing in popularity for years now and in the summer, it makes perfect sense. With its characteristic crinkly texture and lightweight composition, seersucker is breathable, specifically designed to help air circulate and keep the body cool. That’s why, for a relaxed yet smart summer appearance, a seersucker suit jacket like the Twisted Tailor skinny fit Dandy can be a really useful and versatile go-to. Pair with tailored shorts or contrasting cropped trousers.
Cropped or short suits
Wearing shorts to work is often frowned upon. But that’s because your typical short is at the seriously casual end of the sartorial scale. Not so the tailored short, like the Hayley chambray. Lightweight in a smart cotton blend, these shorts are cool, comfortable and office-ready. Worn with the coordinating Haley chambray suit jacket, simple white shirt and smart loafers, there’s no mistaking these shorts for beachwear.
Not quite ready to get your legs fully out? Try a cropped suit like the Partridge. The cotton linen blend keeps it fresh but avoids over-creasing. The cream colouring and tonal stripe carry the perfect summer vibe and yet retain a sharpness suited to the office if paired with a shirt and jacket. Alternatively, dress down with just the crops and a t-shirt.
Smart summer styling is about combining the right cut, material and colour. If you keep all three areas light, you’re pretty much on to a winner.