Traditional woolen suits are typically too thick and heavy for the summer. They’ll leave you feeling hot, sweaty and downright uncomfortable. So, if you’ve been invited to a formal occasion this summer, you should choose a different, more appropriate suit. Follow the tips listed below to find the perfect summer-time men’s suit.
As most men already know, suits are available in a wide range of fabrics, some of which include wool, cotton, corduroy, polyester blends, and linen. The latter, however, is generally recommended for summer use. Linen is a type of lightweight fabric made from the flax plant. In addition to being used in bed linens and sheets, it’s also used in men’s suits. Linen suits are the single best choice for summer time because of their lightweight and “breathable” properties.
Other suit fabrics to consider for the summer include cotton, fresco (a lighter type of wool), chambray and seersucker.
Another helpful tip to follow when choosing a summer suit is to stick with light colors. White is a great choice that reflects the summer season. And contrary to what some people believe, there’s nothing wrong with wearing white to a wedding. With that said, you don’t have to limit yourself to only wearing white. Regardless of the occasion, there are dozens of other colors that are suitable for use during the summer. Light blue, light gray, beige and other pale/light colors are all excellent choices. Just remember to choose a suit color that matches the rest of your outfit.
What About Shorts?
There’s been a growing trend towards the use of shorts instead of trousers for men’s summer suits. While not acceptable for all occasions, there are certainly times during which you can wear shorts. Assuming it’s allowed, this is a fun way to differentiate yourself from the crowd while maintaining a fashion-forward appearance. However, your shorts should still match your suit jacket. Maintaining cohesion between your shorts and jacket is essential to creating an attractive and formal appearance.
Roll Up the Sleeves
One of the perks of wearing a suit during the summer is the freedom it offers to roll up your sleeves. If the weather is nice — and you’re staying outdoors — consider rolling up the sleeves on both your dress shirt and suit jacket. This will keep you cooler while helping you achieve a more summer-appropriate style.