Do It Once: Selecting Summer Suits
From graduations to weddings to unexpected subpoenas, summer events often mean selecting summer suits that are stylish and comfortable.
But with so many options available, it can be overwhelming to decide what to wear. From fabrics and colors to styles and fits, there are several factors to consider when choosing a suit for the summer season. This article will explore the different types of men’s summer suits and provide tips on selecting the best one for your needs. No matter the occasion, a summer suit is a must-have in every man’s wardrobe.
Love ’em or hate ’em, men need suits—not just solid black ones.
When selecting summer suits, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Choose a lightweight fabric: Look for suits made from lightweight and breathable fabrics such as cotton, linen, or seersucker. These fabrics will help you stay cool and comfortable in hot weather.
- Opt for light colors: Light colors such as beige, tan, light grey, and pastels are great for summer. They reflect the sun’s rays, keeping you cooler and making you look more relaxed and comfortable.
- Consider the fit: A summer suit should fit well and be comfortable. Look for suits with a slimmer cut that will keep you cool and allow for better movement.
- Go for unlined or half-lined suits: Unlined or half-lined suits will provide better ventilation, making them an excellent option for summer. Plus, they’ll also be lighter and more comfortable to wear.
- Pay attention to details: Choose a suit with details that are appropriate for the season. Lighter-colored buttons, for example, will look better than dark buttons on a summer suit. You can also opt for shorter-sleeve suits and trousers for a more relaxed, summer-friendly look.
By following these tips, you can find a summer suit that’s both comfortable and stylish, allowing you to look your best while staying cool and comfortable in hot weather.
When can I get away with NOT wearing a suit?
It is appropriate to wear slacks and a sport coat in place of a suit in a variety of situations, including:
- Business casual settings: In many workplaces, business casual dress is the norm, and slacks and a sport coat can be a great alternative to a suit. This look is professional yet relaxed and comfortable.
- Semi-formal events: Slacks and a sport coat can be stylish and appropriate for events such as weddings or cocktail parties. The look is dressy enough for the occasion but not as formal as a full suit.
- Traveling: Slacks and a sport coat can be comfortable yet stylish. The sport coat can help dress up the look and make it appropriate for various situations.
- Hot weather: A full suit can be uncomfortable and impractical in hot and humid weather. Slacks and a sport coat provide a more lightweight and breathable option that still looks put-together and professional.
Slacks and a sport coat can be a versatile alternative to a suit in various situations. Choose suitable fabrics and colors to match the occasion and dress code.
Final Rules of Thumb
These rules are simple to remember and answer the bulk of your fashion challenges:
Black with black, brown with everything else.
You can probably get away with wearing black shoes and a black belt with your grey or blue suit, but black accessories are typically reserved for more formal occasions. The next-level move is to have dark brown or Cordova-shaded shoes and accessories for warmer months. And yes, your shoes and belt should match.
Use color sparingly.
Let the suit do the work and stick with a solid-colored, light-toned shirt (wear an undershirt, especially in summer, to help absorb sweat). Match your socks to your shirt, or go a little crazy to add some interest and detail.
Speaking of shoes.
A cheap pair of poorly maintained shoes can ruin the most expensive ensemble. Invest over $50 in your dress shoes if you’re a grown-ass man. Assuming you’re done growing, a high-quality pair of shoes will not only last forever, but they’ll also raise any outfit (even jeans and a t-shirt) to another level. Wearing sneakers with a suit is becoming more accepted. I recommend sticking with solid white or black to keep this simple and avoid traps. I just bought my son a new pair of Vans for his prom.
Fads are expensive.
For my money, I choose classic cuts, colors, and fabrics. Only in part because they’re my style but mainly because they stand the test of time. The easiest and most cost-effective way to embrace current fads is to do it with (cheap) accessories like ties and jewelry. Buying and chasing fads gets expensive, and if you only wear a suit once or twice a year, you’re running the risk of looking quite out of place (and time) if you buy this year’s trendiest, flashiest styles. The caveat is that if you love to chase the latest fashions, go for it, but understand that you’ll need to replace them every couple of years (or sooner).