best summer suits for men

Fix up, look sharp: The ultimate guide to summer suiting

14 Jul 2023 | |By Luxury London

Sharpen up your style with these sleek, summer-ready suits

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You don’t need us to tell you how unpredictable UK summers can be. Plan a wedding in August and, until the morning of the big day, you don’t know if you’re in for torrential rain or an absolute scorcher. It could be wet and miserable, or cloudy and nippy. It could also be hot, properly hot, piña colada around a Mediterranean swimming pool hot. And when things get that hot, just the thought of having to wear a suit is enough to make you sweat. But you needn’t let record-breaking temperatures kibosh your style; when the mercury rises, so too do the opportunities to get creative with your summer suiting choices. You just need to know what to look for.

The first thing you should consider is fabric. Perhaps the most important aspect of tailoring, your fabric choice will dictate how warm or cool you’ll be. For warmer months, you’re better off steering clear of heavier weaves like tweed or cashmere blends. “Our biggest advice for summer tailoring is fabric first – the main thing to look for is breathability and weight. We’d recommend a fabric such as linen, silk or wool mix,” advise the style experts at luxury fashion retailer Fenwick.

“Keep it cool and loose. Only use natural fibres such as wool, cotton, linen and mixtures of noble fibres like silk,” says Rob Charnock, CEO of Savile Row tailor and cloth merchant Dugdale Bros & Co. Plumping for these lighter, more breathable textiles will ensure you’re not left sweating through your suit by the time you reach the office, but if you’re concerned about wrinkling, there are still options to consider, such as wool or linen blends. “Wool in plain weave construction is cool to wear and holds a sharp line for tailoring while shedding unwanted wrinkles,” says Charnock.

The second consideration that must be made for summer suiting is cut. Sure, a sharp three-piece never fails to impress, but as temperatures rise, excess layering will not be your friend. “Choose a suit that is tailored and makes sure you look smart, but allows a little breathing room,” says Fenwick’s styling team. “In terms of shape, we’d suggest opting for single-breasted styles, which tend to be cooler and looser.” Alternatively, lean into relaxed summer vibes and go for something a little more trendy. “A looser-fitting silhouette is finding favour,” says Charnock, who recommends more voluminous pleated trousers and unlined, unstructured jackets when you want to feel as fresh as you look.

The third thing to think about when finding your perfect summer suit is colour. Though largely dependent on occasion, this is where you really get to have some fun. It should go without saying that dark colours – black, navy blue and charcoal grey – are best avoided at this time of year, but if work requires them, the Fenwick team advises reconsidering your fabric choice. For anything else go wild. “For events such as weddings or garden parties, run free with pastels and lighter colours, such as khaki and light grey, which will help reflect light and keep you cool.” Not so sure you can pull off a pastel pink number? “Garments constructed of more reserved blues, greys, tans and olives will work as long as they are melange,” Charnock adds.

With fabric, cut and colour all taken care of, the final thing to think about in terms of summer suiting are your styling choices. For footwear, a pair of sharp Oxfords will work perfectly for more formal occasions, while a pair of fresh white trainers make for a much more casual edge for your ensemble. Your choice of shirt is another excellent way of showcasing personal style and, while we’ll never turn our noses up at a sharp white shirt, summer offers you the opportunity to shake things up and get adventurous with an unexpected, coloured polo, or even a floral patterned number.

So, now you know what you’re looking for, here’s our pick of the best suits to supercharge your look this summer…

Manuel Ritz two-piece single-breasted suit

You don’t see a lot of rust-brown suits, do you? Do you know what you see even less of? Rust-brown suits made of linen. Probably that’s because there are very few occasions where you can get away with a rust-brown suit made of linen. You certainly wouldn’t rock up for work in the City during the winter in one. Summer weddings in the country, however? Different ball game entirely.

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Low Brand single-breasted suit

Naples-based menswear label Low Brand made a name for itself by taking classic wardrobe staples and giving them a thoroughly contemporary twist. Take this single-breasted suit, for example. The wool construction, notched lapels and slim-cut silhouette are all standard enough. But there’s nothing traditional about that peach pink. Who said pastels were only for the bridesmaids?

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Kingsman Harry's Navy Super Wool Suit

We know we said avoid navy and stay clear of double-breasted during the British summer. But we also reminded you of the unpredictability of those middle-of-the-year months. Plus, this stately-looking suit is manufactured from super fine 120s wool, which means it’s lightweight and will let your body breathe – even when things get sweaty.

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Paul Smith Velvet Two-Piece Suit

Velvet might not be an obvious go-to for summer suiting, given the material’s association with heavy smoking jackets, but this pink velvet suit from Paul Smith is cut from a lightweight type of velvet and features a breathable, 100 per cent cotton lining. For sure, it’d be a brave choice come wedding season. But he who dares, and all that.

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Eleventy single-breasted wool-blend suit

We like this Eleventy suit for its tonal, sandy-beige colour. We like it for its elegant-yet-relaxed profile and for its summer-ready linen-silk-wool composition. Mostly, though, we like this Eleventy suit for those not-too-big, not-too-small peak lapels. Peak lapels done properly.

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Boss Linen-Wool Two-Piece Suit

Manufactured from natural flax fibres, linen should be your go-to fabric come summer. An open weave construction means that linen is breathable, keeping you cool. Yet the material also possesses moisture-wicking abilities, preventing you feeling clammy should the dancefloor beckon. This Boss suit is made from 50 per cent linen, 50 per cent wool. So lightweight and robust.

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Dries Van Noten Kraan cotton suit

Part of the influential ‘Antwerp Six’, Belgian designer Dries Van Noten made a name for himself via dynamic tailoring, contrast prints and energetic colours. Clothes, that is, that made a bold style statement. Which is exactly what this Kraan cotton suit in burgundy does. Single-breasted, slim-fit and capable of disguising as much red wine as you can throw down it.

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Zegna Wool Two-Piece Suit

As one of the world’s largest fabric producers, Milan-headquartered Zegna knows a thing or two about wool. One of the things it knows about wool is that when it comes to summer tailoring, the finer the wool the better. Appropriately, for this single-breasted number the brand has used a super-fine wool to guarantee both lightness and longevity. And what a lovely colour, too.

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