Summer can feel like an unfortunate time for men required to wear suits for work or social functions, but as we explained in our Guide to Choosing a Summer Suit, it is often simply a case of selecting the right fabrics and colours to ensure you stay comfortable even in the hotter months.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at some of the best summer accessories to perfectly complement your suit.
A quality watch can instantly elevate your appearance, and is a simple accessory that nevertheless makes a real statement - something all men should consider investing in. Gold, silver and platinum are popular choices and for good reasons, adding a touch of class and style to your outfit.
Men’s watches are often thicker than their female counterparts, and this is a feature you should capitalise on. For those looking to make a more subtle statement with the colour of your watch, leather wrist straps or muted rose-gold options are extremely stylish.
Cufflinks are a great way to add a bit of your own signature style to your outfit. Choose a high quality pair that you can wear with a variety of colours and styles, but don’t be afraid to select a set that represents your own personality too.
Ideal colour choices for a summer suit include pale grey, green, tan, and pastel blue. Choosing a tie colour to match these brighter colours can be trickier than pairing one with a standard black winter suit, but can nevertheless make a real impact on your look.
A matching coloured tie can give you an extremely smart and fashionable appearance, but should only be opted for with thinner designs. If you are more in favour of a bright patterned tie, keep the rest of your accessories more muted. We have many individually selected Liberty silk ties handmade by our in-house tailors for a truly unique look to your summer and/or winter suit!
Tie clips are both functional (holding your tie in place in the case of wind or a lot of movement) and aesthetically pleasing. Traditionally, tie clips are one solid colour: either gold, silver, or platinum. However, you could also add your company logo or a personalised monogram to add a little extra personality to your suit.
A quality pair of shoes is as important a consideration as any other part of your summer suit, and is not an accessory to be overlooked! For a summery look, consider a pair of tan brogues or a lighter-colour pair to match the tone of your suit and fully complement your look.
A pocket square is one of the best ways to add a small but effective splash of colour to an otherwise muted summer suit. There are many designs and colours you could go for, but to help you choose, consider the following:
- Your tie colour: matching your pocket square with your tie can be a great way to add a real pop of colour to your summer suit.
- Dress shirt colour: matching your pocket square to the white or off-white of your dress shirt can also be a stylish alternative and a perfect edition to a summer suit for any occasion.
Richard Smith Bespoke provide the finest quality men’s garments and accessories from our studio in Manchester. For a made-to-measure item with accessories selected specifically for your look, get in touch with our team today and we’ll be happy to assist you.