It’s a celebration bitches! -Dave Chapelle as Rick James
By now you’ve responded “yes” to a summers worth of events, engagement parties, weddings, etc and you liver is in a state of fear and shock wondering how in the hell he (she? it?) is going to survive the summer. (Sidebar: suck it up liver, this is how we roll.) Now it’s time to take stock of your wardrobe options and get prepared with a spring/summer suit. You do know that your suiting should be seasonal don’t you? While it may be great for crushing powerpoints and sweet talking Becky in accounts receivable, that gray pinstripe wool number is not going going to cut it for summer weddings. It’s time to invest in a proper seasonal suit. Fear not though, this undertaking doesn’t have to be confusing or expensive.
Your two main priorities are color and material and this time of year makes it perfect for lighter colors and breathable materials. A crisp cotton suit in light, neutral colors like tan, khaki, and gray are an outstanding choice. While it is a dark color, a sharp navy cotton suit is also an excellent option. A well-fitting cotton suit is very easily dressed up or down and is also polished enough for anything your work week is going to throw at you. Seersucker is a popular but ultimately tricky choice in my opinion. Unless you are summering on the Cape or are arguing court cases in N’awlins, I just don’t think it is going to give you the versatility and consequently the value to really make it worth it. Tread carefully.
A word on completing the suit. For wedding occasions, don’t be afraid of color; add a blue or lavender shirt, a colorful tie or pocket square, it’s a fun celebration after all, not a stiff board room. Additionally, while still polished, these suits are inherently less formal and I urge you to ditch your socks and consider a less formal shoe. Suede bucks or wingtips work excellently and a sharp penny loafer is always a great call. Hey chief, that tipsy bridesmaid is definitely giving you the eye, now get after it.
JCrew Factory Thompson Chino Suit - $238 (sold as separates)
Tommy Hilfiger Tan Cotton Poplin Suit - $418 (sold as separates)
Bonobos Fairfax Cotton Suit - $425
GQ recently ran a really excellent feature on suits under $400. It’s also great place for additional ideas.
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