When summer arrives, the thought of wearing a suit out in the hot sun can sound less than appealing. However, one simply needs to know how to select a suit made for the warmer temperatures!
Whether you’re in need of a smart outfit for work, occasions or events, it’s perfectly possible to find a stylish suit that still keeps you cool in the heat.
In this guide, we’ll talk you through some of the top points to bear in mind when ordering your made to measure suit for the summer months.
Of course, the choice of fabric is the essential difference between being comfortable in your suit in the summer, and suffering from a heavy, suffocating garment! A few sensible (and stylish) summer suit choices include:
Linen is arguably the most popular fabric of choice for summer suits. However, while it can strike a fashionable statement, the fabric also creases easily and can leave you looking dishevelled after a long day. For a summer suit that will continue looking sharp all day long, linen is possibly not the best fabric choice.
- Linen Blends
Linen blends tackle the creasing problem well, and therefore make a great choice of fabric for a summer suit. Opt for a blend of linen and wool or cotton for a garment that creases less easily and provides a more structured look - perfect for a professional yet comfortable work outfit. Our recommended blend would be wool/silk/linen.
Cotton is another perfect choice for summer as it’s a more lightweight, breathable option that will keep you cool while still looking professional. If you’re looking to a bespoke suit for the summer for work or formal occasions, a light-coloured cotton suit could be the perfect choice for you. Once again there is an issue with creasing and would recommend a blend of wool/cotton/silk.
Wool, particularly fresco wool, is an open weave fabric that provides a lightweight but durable finish. This material is used in suits specifically designed for summer, and have the added benefit of wicking sweat away, rather than absorbing it.
The colour you choose for your suit can also make a big impact as to how comfortable you are in the summer. Of course, a black suit is going to absorb more heat and increase the likelihood of you overheating, whilst lighter colours reflect the heat better.
For a professional look for your summer suit, popular colour choices include baby blue, light grey, greens, khaki, and for the more daring, white. Summer is the perfect time to introduce a little more personality into your outfit, so above anything, go for a colour you’ll feel comfortable wearing.
Summer is the ideal time of year to inject some signature style into your suit, so go as bold as you wish! If you’ve got a bold pattern idea for a suit in mind, the best approach with your accessories is simple, minimal accessories.
In contrast, if your suit is a more simple design, go for one of two louder accessories such as statement shoes or a patterned pocket square or tie to bring together your look. How about a Liberty print shirt to make a bolder statement?
Summer doesn’t have to be the season of suffering for suit wearers - with these tips you can design a suit that’s comfortable to wear and looks just as stylish as your winter selection.
Nothing beats the feeling of a bespoke suit made to measure, and that’s exactly what Richard Smith Bespoke offers. From the design and fabric of your suit, to accessories to match, we can create the perfect suit for your needs.
Get in touch today for a consultation on creating the perfect summer suit for you.