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The ultimate guide to linen suits

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Everyone loves summer, but sometimes it might be challenging to choose the right outfit, especially if the weather is too hot. When it comes to office wear, you certainly need an alternative to a classic suit in wool.

There is a good option, which will allow you to look stylish, yet feel comfortable and avoid overheating. A real must-have for every gentleman as temperatures begin to rise – a linen suit. In this article, I want to tell you more about this versatile piece of clothing.

What is a linen suit?

A linen suit is good for many occasions, it usually consists of a pair of linen trousers and a matching linen jacket. Linen is a woven fabric, which first was used in Ancient Egypt and is still widely spread today. The fabric is made from the fibres of the flax plant. It is more lightweight, breathable and durable than cotton. There are linen suits in many different styles and colours, so every man can find a perfect one for himself.

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Benefits of a linen suit

Compared to cotton suits, linen suits are more durable and can withstand more use. It is a natural feature of the fabric. If you opt for a linen suit, you don’t need to worry about it ripping or tearing. As long as you take proper care of it, your suit will last for countless years and look perfect.

Both cotton and linen are lightweight fabrics that are perfect for summer. However, linen suits are superior in their ability to keep you cool in hot weather. Linen is cooler than cotton because its fibres are longer and thinner. So, when woven together, such fibres result in a more breathable material. A linen suit can help you avoid overheating. The heat will escape your body and your skin will breathe.

Apart from all the other benefits, linen suits are attractive as well. They work great for many different events and you will always look elegant. There is only one thing that is better than a linen suit – it is a bespoke linen suit. In Pietrocola Bespoke, we will gladly create one according to your precise body measurements. You can choose any colour and style. Such a suit will fit you perfectly and last for decades.


A 2-piece or 3-piece suit?

As you know, two-piece suits contain matching trousers and a jacket, while 3 piece suits feature a waistcoat as well. A two-piece suit is good for most occasions. However, if you are attending a strictly formal event, a three-piece linen suit will be a decent choice. Even though a jacket and trousers should always match, your waistcoat can feature a completely different colour or pattern.

The best linen suit colours

Light grey or white suit

You can often see these colours during summer, as they are great at reflecting sunlight and keeping you cool. White and light grey are very versatile and look good with linen as well.

Khaki suit

Khaki is a great choice to wear at both beach weddings and the office. To compliment your overall look, pair a khaki suit with a crispy white shirt and dark brown shoes.

Light blue suit

Blue is one of my favourite colours. During the summer, you should definitely switch navy blue to light blue. It is a great choice for events with cocktail attire and smart casual dress codes.

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Dark suits

For formal occasions, you should choose a suit in a classic dark colour like navy blue. This way, you will get an appropriate look but with all the advantages of linen.                    

The best accessories for a linen suit

After buying a nice suit, invest in the right accessories. There are many accessories that are often worn with suits. For an official event, you will probably want to wear a necktie or a bow tie as they create a more formal appearance. If your linen suit jacket has a breast pocket, go for a pocket square. It is a square piece of coloured cloth, which you can fold nicely and wear inside the pocket. Another stylish accessory is a wristwatch. It offers an elegant look and can enhance the appearance of your suit.

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Take care of your suit

Linen has many advantages, but it is quite a difficult fabric to take care of as it wrinkles easily. As mentioned above, linen is durable. However, with proper care, it will last much longer. To take good care of your suit, you should invest in a steamer. Hang up your suit and steam it carefully. Make sure to set it to “low” and don’t press against the fabric directly. Pay attention to armholes, elbows, crotch and knee areas. Never iron your suit as you can damage it. After all, linen has its own special charm and it is absolutely fine if it rumples softly over time.

Alessandro Rocco Pietrocola is an entrepreneur, fintecher, investor, blogger and author based in London and operating mainly in Europe, Asia and Oceania with main focus on UK, Baltic Countries, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, UAE, 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) and NZ FSPR (Financial Service Provider Register) Approved Person and 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 lives. Since he was 20, he had successfully founded and managed several companies operating in the field of management consulting, wealth management and fintech. He is Member of Institute of Directors in London, Member of Changer Club in Riga, Member of Fintech Association of Hong Kong, Member of Singapore Fintech Association, Member of Non Executive Director Association in London and Member of Alumni Network of Draper University in San Francisco. He loves travelling, he is a cigars lover, an amateur golfer and a dapper man.

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