The hot months are here and with them comes the feeling of relaxation. Even though every workplace has its own rules, generally dress code in summer is more relaxed.
But there is one important thing to remember: you should always look proper, professional and stylish. Summer dress code doesn’t mean you may wear casual, it means that you can opt for different colors and fabrics. During this season a summer suit is the best choice for men. If dress code allows, you can wear it to the office, but such suit is also good for a day at some Yacht or Golf club.
Every man should have several suits in his wardrobe. Unfortunately, one suit can’t work good for all types of events and for all seasons too. If you want to get the best suit for you, it is very important to consider all details: weight, texture, fabric, breath-ability. Unlined or half-lined summer suit is the best for summer. The right choice of fabric will reduce heat and provide more ventilation. Today I would like to tell you more about a summer suit and give you an idea on how to choose the right one.
Summer suit fabrics
I prefer cotton or linen summer suits, they are very light and comfortable for the warm weather.
The linen suit
The most popular and classic material for a summer suit. It is lightweight and always keeps you cool. Linen is made from flax so it is very natural fabric. The only one disadvantage is that it wrinkles very easily that’s why you better opt for a linen fabric which also contains wool or cotton.
The cotton suit
Such suit gives you a sophisticated yet stylish look, it is one of the most versatile options. Cotton is stiffer than wool and at the same time cooler.
Summer suit colors
All of you know that basic colors in every man’s business wardrobe are black, navy blue and charcoal. But during summer you better opt for my favorite light blue, khaki, green, brown or even some contrasting and bold colors.
Navy blue to light blue
Navy blue color is good for winter and summer as well. Light shades of blue look elegant, youthful and will grab all the attention. Choose a light blue linen summer suit and you will get a classic look for the season.
The best for any daytime event during spring or summer, though not appropriate at all for evening occasions. Looks extremely good with a pink shirt or a striped blue-and-white shirt, for example.
Light greens such as mint are very good for summer, but you can also use darker shades for evening time dressing. Olive, pastel green and light green are the best for summer. You will look fresh and relaxed.
Brown is very versatile, good for both winter and summer, though during summer you better use lighter shades. Such color will draw all eyes to your outfit so it must fit you properly. The best choice here is a bespoke suit, which we would gladly create for you in Pietrocola Bespoke.
If you have some basic summer suit options in your wardrobe and are bold enough, you should purchase a red or maroon suit next. It will make you stand out from the crowd for sure.
The summer suit jacket details
Single- or double-breasted
A single-breasted style is more common and classic. Such jackets usually have two or three buttons and a notch lapel.
A double-breasted jacket features an overlap of material and a peak lapel. Usually it has four, six or eight buttons placed in two parallel rows. Such jackets are more formal than single-breasted jackets.
Almost all jackets have the notch lapel, it is the most common type. It is named “notched”, because you may notice sideways V-shape, where material from the lapels and material from the collar meet. The notch lapel is classic and can be seen on a wide range of single-breast jackets except formal ones, but for a summer suit it is the best match.
Some double-breasted summer suits may also feature the peak lapel. There is a “peak” on the top of the lapel which points upwards. You can’t see such lapel on a casual jacket, but it looks really well with some summer suits.
There are three pocket types you can usually see on a summer suit jacket. Patch pockets are the most popular and primitive. Constructed from a separate piece of the suit material and stitched onto the front of a jacket, these pockets are entirely visible.
The second type is a flap pocket. A rectangular flap made of the same fabric as a jacket covers the pocket bag opening. You can also hide a flap inside the pocket.
Piped pockets (also called jetted pockets, besom pockets, welted pockets) don’t have a flap, but look like a flap pocket without an extra piece of fabric, just two straight horizontal lines.
Along with two pockets on sides summer suits usually feature a breast/chest pocket too.
You can stay stylish and refined even in the hot weather. Note all the tips from the article and you will look dapper all summer long.
Alessandro Rocco Pietrocola is an entrepreneur and investor based in London and operating mainly in Europe, Asia and Oceania with main focus on UK, Baltic Countries, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Middle East and New Zealand as area of interest! At the moment is the CEO of Astorts Group. He is an UK FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) Approved Person and is has great experience as director of regulated companies. He uses to dedicate part of his life to inspire others and help them achieve the most out of their life. Since he was 20, he had successfully founded and managed several companies operating in the field of management consulting, wealth management and fintech. He loves travelling, he is a cigars lover, an amateur golfer and a dapper man.