The Gentleman’s Guide to Summer Suits

The summer is soon knocking on our doors and with that comes the vibe of ease and relaxation over us. Time to kick back, time to wear lighter clothing, time to feel more, well, free.

This favourite of seasons may tempt you to relax on your dress code also, but we’re here to tell you that there’s none of that. There is never an excuse for sloppy attire – no matter if it is cold or hot outside.

But, how does a modern day gentleman dress himself sharply for the office or an event during the hot summer season?
Almost every workplace has different policies in terms of dress code. No matter the season or occasion, always follow the same rule: “no matter the weather, it’s always important to look professional, appropriate and stylish”.

Instead of making the mistake of dressing too casually because it’s summer, it’s not ever an excuse to slack off. See it as an opportunity to try out different colours and materials. Go lighter, go differently – go bold.

This article will guide you through what to look for in a summer suit, so you can stay cool, and look the part during the hottest of seasons.

What you should look for in a suit for the summer

A modern gentleman’s wardrobe is not complete without at least one suit. One suit however doesn’t fit to all occasions; or seasons for that matter. To get the best suit for yourself, it is vital to pay very good attention to the construction of suits.
The construction of a suit is made up by several factors. The weight, the texture and the breathability – to only mention a few. Should you be opting for an unlined or an half-lined suit, so you allow for more ventilation and coolness? Or should you instead opt for a fully lined alternative, so you’ll not have to make any sacrifices as for the structure of the suit?

Also, should you go for a fabric that is heavier? Lighter? Minding the material that your suit is made of will help to keep you cool, as lighter-weight cloth and a looser weave in the fabric will provide for more airflow and minimise heat. What will your pick be?

Suit fabrics suitable for the Summer

During the colder months options like tweed, wool, and cashmere suits are the appropriate choice, as the material not only looks structured and professional, but also helps keeping you warm. During the summer, however, swap these suits out for breathable, lightweight fabrics that will keep you cool without compromising on appearance.

The Linen Suit

Linen makes for a classic material for summer and it is one of the most popular fabrics for summer suits due to its lightweight, breathable weave. Made from the fibres of the flax plant, linen has a visible weave and great natural texture. Linen is also prone to wrinkling very easily, which is part of its effortless charm.
However, if you’ll be wearing this suit to work, you may want to try an alternative with a Linen blend instead that also contains cotton or wool. This way you can keep the look of the Linen material, without the wrinkling.

The Cotton Suit

Cotton one of the most versatile choices when it comes to suiting, as it allows you to have a refined yet casual look that is extremely summer-friendly. Cotton is stiffer than your wool suiting, but it is also cooler. One of the most popular colours for a cotton suit is Khaki, but feel free to be adventurous.

The Seersucker Suit

Distinguished by its signature striped, crinkled surface and strategic puckering (as well as its funny name), seersucker is a unique cotton fabric that offers the modern man yet another means of wearing a business-appropriate ensemble in the summer, without having to compromise on style. Bear in mind though that seersucker is a more casual choice, and it wouldn’t be acceptable in a formal dress code business environments.

The Fresco Suit

Most people wouldn’t think to even go near wool during the summer. Fresco however is an entirely different story. The word fresco derives from the Italian word “alfresco,” which roughly translates to “fresh” or “in the open air”, and that’s exactly how a fresco suit will make you feel.

This fabric consists of multiple strands of yarn, high-twisted wool with an open weave, allowing the fabric to be very airy, yet quite durable. This fabric is designed specifically with summer in mind and although the open weave allows for maximum airflow, the crisp feel and look of the fabric created by the high-twisted wool allows this suit to look extremely elegant and refined. Lightweight wools such as this work much better than cotton or linen because they wick away–not absorb–sweat, allowing you to look (and feel) your best.

Suit Colours suitable for the summer

Obviously, options like navy, charcoal grey, and black suits should always make up the foundation of your business wardrobe. Lighter colours like khakis and light grey’s will help reflect heat instead of absorbing it.
Summer is simultaneously the perfect time to start introducing color, vibrancy, and boldness into your wardrobe – so don’t miss out. Dare to be different.

Light Grey

A big sister shade to the tried and true charcoal grey, this color will work well with almost any fabric for summer. Try a light grey fresco suit with a bold tie and pocket square for a dapper look that is perfect for the office.

Baby Blue

Move away from the darker navy suit staple, and be daring with shades of blue instead. This attention-grabbing, yet still refined shade is ideal for adding a youthful and fun flair to your look. Baby blue goes best with Linen and a blue & white seersucker is a classic look for summer.


Khaki is a go-to color for summer and spring really. The khaki suit is perfect for any daytime event that you’re invited to. You should avoid wearing this color in the evenings though (as it runs the risk of looking informal). In general, the khaki suit looks extremely pulled together with the proper accessories. Wear your khaki suit with a blue-and-white striped button-down dress shirt and a navy tie, or a pink button-down shirt with a patterned tie.

Shades of Red

Red is popping up more and more in men’s suiting. The runways were filled with cherry, firetruck, crimson and primary red menswear in every designer’s collection, from Burberry Prorsum to Dolce & Gabbana. If you already have a strong arsenal of basic suit shades in your closet, perhaps the red suit should be your next move! Dare to go bold.

A Trend to Try Out this Summer

The Shorts Suit

The shorts suit is most definitely having a moment in men’s summer fashion this year. This suit is just like a regular suit except the pants are replaced with tailored, above the knee shorts. Some criticise the informality of this look, while others hail the shorts suit as a guaranteed winner for “best-dressed” men this season. Now tell us, would you sport this look?

Don’t let the hot weather prevent you from looking like the put together, stylish man you are. Remember these tips and tricks, and you’ll be looking dapper–even in the heat–all summer long. Are you ready for the Summer, or do you need to have a talk to your tailor first?