The sun is shining for longer, the fans are whirling 24/7 and your esky seems to be attached to your hip. It’s almost summertime! The great Australian Summer is all about sticky, hot days that can only be relieved by hours at the beach. But what about those of us who are on our way to work, weddings and events, trapped in a suit while the sun scorches outside? We’re here to ensure you stay sharp and stylish while suited up in the Summer.
What to look for
You’re standing at the altar; you’ve just said “I do” as the sun beats down on this momentous day. You go to kiss your newlywed only to drop a bead of sweat onto their face. Awkward. You can avoid this Summer suiting disaster by following these shopping guidelines.
- Fabrication: Your choice of fibre will determine whether you’re vaguely sweating or dripping like you’ve just walked out of a sauna. Look for lightweight, natural fibres like a light merino wool so that it breathes nicely. Anything between a Super 100 – Super 130 fabric is fine as it is lightweight and easy to wear, and won’t crush.
- Colour: If you’re not trying to create your own solar power, avoid black suits and other dark colours. Not only do they look too heavy for the warmer months, they don’t help your cause on the cooling front. Lighter colours like beige, taupe, light grey and a cobalt blue won’t show sweat patches and look crisp and fresh.
The blue suit
One for every Spring and Summer wardrobe, the blue suit is for those who like to make a statement. We’re talking cobalt blue suits that catch they eye of everyone who walks past and stand out in the crowd. Perfect for Spring racing, weddings and smart casual weekend events, two-piece blue suits look sleek with a crisp white cotton shirt undone at the top button for more casual affairs, teamed with tan loafers to complete the look. For more formal styling, add a bright orange pocket square or a vibrant tie along with pointed tan brogues. This look is effortlessly crisp and sharp. The neutral suit
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The symbol of Summer, the neutral-toned suit is a style essential for every man’s wardrobe. From work to weekend, evenings and first dates, it is an effortless way to look sharp and sophisticated but remain cool.
This style of suit is the best for playing around with colours. Treat it like a blank canvas and pair it with a mini-geo patterned shirt (dark green and teal look suave) for work, and mix it up with loud, Dr Karl inspired shirts for weekend wear. We love the look of a plain blue shirt paired modern silver cufflinks and deep brown boat shoes for a contemporary work to weekend style.
The suit that isn’t a suit
Do you live in your chinos during summer but feel they aren’t dressy enough for work? We’ve got a simple solution to this style debacle and it comes in the form of a linen blazer. Adding a blazer to your look is a one–way ticket to instantly sharpening your style. Heading out on the yacht (or ferry) this weekend? Pair your cuffed, taupe chinos with a white shirt undone at the top button, a light red linen blazer and a quirky lapel pin to finish. This is a modern and fresh take on a classically preppy look.
If you’re off to work to secure the business deal of a lifetime, styling slim fit chinos with tan brogues and a deep blue cotton blazer is the way to go. Keep it fresh with a white shirt and add a pop of colour with a louder pocket square or red tie. The beauty of the ‘suit that isn’t a suit’ lies in its ability to be adapted from day to night with ease. Simply remove the blazer, buy a beer and you’re ready for a well deserved Friday night.
Ready to shop the look? Get suited up for Summer here!