The 15 Best Lightweight Suits, Because Summer Isn’t Over Yet
Warm-weather suiting demands a special set of rules: breathability is king, patterns are welcome, but don’t get caught in wool
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July may be coming to a close, but we have it on good authority that your summer social calendar is stilled booked to the brim. As such, there’s a very good chance that you are in need of some new warm-weather tailoring. Lightweight suits this summer offer much in the way of crazy cuts, relaxed hues and bold patterns, and much like some of the other fashionable flexes cropping up of late, we’re here for it.
Of course, summer also brings the potential for a sweat-induced disaster. The number one culprit for a soggy suiting experience? Not knowing your fabrics. Tuck the wool, polyester and heavy cotton away for the cool embrace of fall. Right now, ultra-light materials like linen, seersucker and chambray should be your textiles of choice. Lightweight cotton here or there is another good option, and the magnanimous nature of tropical wool makes it a notable exception to the no-wool edict. As a general rule of thumb, breathability is king, fellas!
Seeing as how your current suit rotation may not be up to the task of a jam-packed summer, you’re in luck. Household heritage retailers and Italian luxury labels alike have answered the call with a slew of sick options for stunting at the summer function. We’re here today to highlight some of the worthwhile lightweight styles. From an all-gas-no-breaks Corridor banger to a classic chambray cut courtesy of Bonobos, the best summer suits will keep you feeling comfy while looking hot.
Below, 15 of our favorite warm-weather suits to keep things cool this summer.
J.Crew Ludlow Slim-Fit Unstructured Suit
J.Crew’s trusted Ludlow suit, now in a breezy Irish cotton-linen blend. What’s not to like?
Bonobos Chambray Suit
Don’t get it twisted, chambray may be perceived as a bit more informal than its linen and seersucker counterparts, but Bonobos’s dashingly modern suit is all but guaranteed to win Best Dressed.
Buck Mason Carry-On Suit
If your destination necessitates packing light, Buck Mason’s aptly-named Carry-On Suit will work swimmingly.
Boglioli Slim-Fit Unstructured Cotton-Seersucker Suit
Italian tailor Boglioli makes some of the finest garments known to man, and their cotton-seersucker suit is no exception
Banana Republic Madras Suit
A madras suit can do no wrong in the summer, as proven by Banana Republic’s subtle styling.
Indochino Kelbrook Check Suit
A dressier option at an economical price, Indochino’s Kelbrook Check Suit is as solid a summer pick as they come.
Corridor Linen Patchwork Shorts Suit
Remember when we said no shorts? Corridor’s wavy Patchwork Suit is the obvious exception.
Uniqlo Ultra-Light Suit
If you’re looking for a suit that won’t break the bank, Uniqlo’s surprisingly sleek Ultra-Light Suit is a strong contender. Well under $150, the suit’s Dry tech fabric proves its worth in the baking afternoon sun.
Stoffa Double-Breasted Linen Suit
Stoffa’s double-breasted black linen suit is a vision in luxe, laid-back comfort.
Ted Baker London Tampa Slim-Fit Stretch Cotton Suit
Ted Baker London’s Tampa Suit proves that a cotton blend — with a little help from some stretchy elastane — can still be a viable summer fabric.
Alex Mill Madras Blazer and Standard Pleated Pants
The paper-thin Alex Mill madras suit straddles the tailoring/pajama line perfectly.
Drake’s Cotton Hemp Games Suit Mk. IV
Neighbor across the pond Drakes is renowned for elegant tailoring, and the Games Suit remains as comfortable, practical and unfussy as ever. Truly, the get up — remade with a breathable cotton-hemp blend — has earned the mantle of king of the lightweight suits.
Polo Ralph Lauren Soft Plaid Stretch Seersucker Suit
Leave it to Ralph Lauren to craft a suit that looks just as good on the yacht as it does at the reception.
Oliver Spencer Fairway Unstructured Cotton-Blend Suit Jacket
Anyone and everyone can rock the charcoal style, but there are also three varieties of blue on offer.
Birdwell x Todd Snyder Linen Traveler Suit
Because who better to design your beach wedding suit that the guys who make your favorite board shorts?
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