Five Great Summer Suits

While trends come and go, there is one item that has stood the test of time and is currently stronger than ever. The garment we’re referring to is, of course, the last real bastion of menswear: the suit.

Whether worn at the office during the week or for a night on the town at the weekend, the suit is an essential component of the modern style-conscious gent’s wardrobe.

Yet once you have purchased your classic navy and mid-grey versions, what’s next? With so many colours, cuts and fabrics available on the current market, it can be difficult to decide which one will serve you best.

To help, we’ve selected five suits for SS14 that would make an excellent addition to any warm-weather tailoring collection…

1. The Light Blue Suit

Timeless and highly versatile, the navy suit has long been touted by menswear publications as the only one you’ll ever need. Yet while navy is often the most admired, this season we suggest opting for a lighter shade of blue.

Seasonally-appropriate, a pastel or petrol blue suit will help give a contemporary twist to your smarter aesthetics without having to push your boundaries too far.

In terms of styling, keep it simple with a plain white shirt, linen tie and brown suede loafers for summer events, removing the tie and switching to white Jack Purcells for a modern take on smart-casual.

But don’t restrict yourself to wearing just the full suit – with blue continuing to dominate men’s wardrobes, you are bound to get endless use out of both the trousers and blazer when you split it into separates.

For instance, try teaming your jacket with selvedge denim and brogues for a night on the town, or combining the trousers with a neutral coloured polo and smart loafers when heading to the office on dress-down Friday.

Lookbook Inspiration: Full Suit & Separates

Light/Petrol Blue Suits for Men - Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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Key Pieces
  • Selected Suit Jacket In ChambraySelected Suit Jacket In Chambray
  • Selected Suit Jacket In Skinny FitSelected Suit Jacket In Skinny Fit
  • He By Mango Houndstooth Suit BlazerHe By Mango Houndstooth Suit Blazer
  • Topman Blue Skinny SuitTopman Blue Skinny Suit
  • Next Pale Blue Cotton Skinny Fit Suit: JacketNext Pale Blue Cotton Skinny Fit Suit: Jacket
  • J. Crew Ludlow Suit Jacket In DÉlavÉ Italian LinenJ. Crew Ludlow Suit Jacket In DÉlavÉ Italian Linen
  • Reiss Garth B Suit JacketReiss Garth B Suit Jacket
  • River Island Light Blue Slim Suit JacketRiver Island Light Blue Slim Suit Jacket
  • Aintree Blue Slim Fit Suit JacketAintree Blue Slim Fit Suit Jacket
2. The Summer Neutral

Ideal for the warmer months ahead – due to it often being produced in seasonally-appropriate fabrics such as linen or cotton-blends – the beige/cream/white suit will instantly set you apart from the summer crowds.

A favourite amongst a host of designers on the runways, this warm-weather option is big news for SS14 and can be dressed up or down effortlessly. For outfit inspiration, we suggest taking reference from British label Hackett, who decided to team their Gatsby-esque suits with brown suede loafers and pastel coloured accessories.

As previously mentioned, splitting your suit into separates is a great way to get maximum wear out of your purchase. In particular, white trousers are a timeless and confident addition to any modern wardrobe, while we also recently advocated the white blazer as one of our top five options for this season.

To create your own look, we suggest wearing the blazer with a sky blue linen shirt, navy trousers and suede Derbies for smarter occasions, teaming the trousers with a bold floral tee and luxe espadrilles on holiday.

Lookbook Inspiration: Full Suit & Separates

Summer Suits (beige/Cream/White) for Men - Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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Key Pieces
  • Tailored-fit Italian Stretch Chino Suit JacketTailored-fit Italian Stretch Chino Suit Jacket
  • Antony Morato Suit Jacket In Casual CottonAntony Morato Suit Jacket In Casual Cotton
  • Peter Werth Suit Jacket In WhitePeter Werth Suit Jacket In White
  • Asos Slim Fit Suit Jacket In 100% LinenAsos Slim Fit Suit Jacket In 100% Linen
  • He By Mango Linen Cotton-blend Suit BlazerHe By Mango Linen Cotton-blend Suit Blazer
  • Rake Single-breasted Cotton Blazer 189150Rake Single-breasted Cotton Blazer 189150
  • Reiss Palmero B Slim-fit Two Button Blazer StoneReiss Palmero B Slim-fit Two Button Blazer Stone
  • Reiss Miami B Patterned Two Button Blazer StoneReiss Miami B Patterned Two Button Blazer Stone
  • River Island White Slim Suit JacketRiver Island White Slim Suit Jacket
3. The Unstructured Suit

With tailoring continuing its resurgence in menswear circles, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to set your formal looks apart from the crowd. However, sometimes the smallest alteration to a classic style can help you achieve your goal. Our suggestion this season? Make the move from structured suiting to unstructured.

Due to its minimal padding and lining, the unstructured suit conveys a naturally relaxed vibe that will give your work-to-weekend ensembles a whole new outlook. Not only that, this type of style is, again, often made from lighter materials such as cotton or linen, ensuring you stay cool and comfortable as the temperatures rise.

Although slightly too laid-back for true formal occasions or professional offices, an unstructured suit is perfect for a night on the town, summer weddings or lunch with the in-laws. To create an outfit, we suggest taking inspiration from the SS14 Burberry Prorsum showcase, which saw the brand pair their suits with simple white shirts and bold primary-coloured ties.

To wear as separates, team the jacket with dark denim and Oxfords for lunch in the city, and combine the trousers with a well-cut tee, Harrington jacket and loafers for a drink with the boys.

Lookbook Inspiration: Full Suit & Separates

Unstructured Suits for Men - Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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Key Pieces
  • Antony Morato Chambray Suit JacketAntony Morato Chambray Suit Jacket
  • J. Crew United Colors Of Benetton Casual Suit JacketJ. Crew United Colors Of Benetton Casual Suit Jacket
  • United Colors Of Benetton Casual Navy SuitUnited Colors Of Benetton Casual Navy Suit
  • Ymc Blazer In Fine StripeYmc Blazer In Fine Stripe
  • J. Crew Ludlow Suit Jacket In Japanese SeersuckerJ. Crew Ludlow Suit Jacket In Japanese Seersucker
  • He By Mango Cotton Suit BlazerHe By Mango Cotton Suit Blazer
  • Boglioli Brown K Linen SuitBoglioli Brown K Linen Suit
  • Folk Navy Slim-fit Cotton Suit JacketFolk Navy Slim-fit Cotton Suit Jacket
  • Ann Demeulemeester Unstructured Woven-cotton SuitAnn Demeulemeester Unstructured Woven-cotton Suit
4. The Checked Suit

With the majority of men still purchasing suits in standard shades of navy or grey, a subtle check is all you need to mark yourself out as a confident, stylish gent who is aware of the latest trends, but not a slave to them.

From windowpane to gingham, there is certainly a lot of choice on the current market – but to ensure versatility and longevity, we recommend you opt for a timeless neutral hue and a classic, muted pattern such as Prince of Wales check.

For outfit inspiration, take another look at Hackett’s SS14 runway show, which saw the brand team theirs with solid coloured shirts and complementary checked ties.

Those who don’t want to make so much of a statement should try breaking up the suit and wearing the jacket with solid coloured trousers and brogues for an evening out – heritage chic at its finest. Alternatively, team your check trousers with a neutral blazer, white shirt and smart leather Derbies for dinner with the other half.

Lookbook Inspiration: Full Suit & Separates

Checked Suits for Men - Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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Key Pieces
  • Asos Slim Fit Suit Jacket In CheckAsos Slim Fit Suit Jacket In Check
  • Selected Linen Mix Suit Jacket In Pow CheckSelected Linen Mix Suit Jacket In Pow Check
  • Asos Slim Fit Suit Jacket In Window Pane CheckAsos Slim Fit Suit Jacket In Window Pane Check
  • Next Blue Check Slim Fit Suit: JacketNext Blue Check Slim Fit Suit: Jacket
  • Topman Grey Checked Skinny SuitTopman Grey Checked Skinny Suit
  • Next Light Grey Check Slim Fit Suit: JacketNext Light Grey Check Slim Fit Suit: Jacket
  • River Island Blue Check Slim Suit JacketRiver Island Blue Check Slim Suit Jacket
  • Next Navy Check Italian Linen JacketNext Navy Check Italian Linen Jacket
  • Richard James Hyde Prince Of Wales Check Wool SuitRichard James Hyde Prince Of Wales Check Wool Suit
5. Pastel Suits

Perfect for the summer months ahead, a pastel coloured suit makes an unapologetic statement and will instantly breathe life into your spring/summer wardrobe. Vibrant, yet not as intrusive as a bold primary colour, this eye-catching option is definitely one for the confident and fashion forward.

It should go without saying that this suit is not destined for the office, even in the most relaxed of working environments. Instead, wear it with conviction (there can be no second-guessing yourself here) to any big summer event – weddings, garden parties, Wimbledon – and be prepared to have all eyes on you.

For those wanting to take on this daring aesthetic, it’s important to let the suit take centre stage; team it with a plain white shirt and loafers (go sockless) for a summer party, switching for a lightweight roll neck and formal slippers for drinks at the weekend.

This suit really comes into its own is as separates. With both pastel trousers and blazers a key component of Riviera style, you will be able to create a raft of effortlessly chic looks that ooze Mediterranean appeal.

Try combining the jacket with white trousers and driving shoes for a smart-casual take, pairing the trousers with a neutral polo shirt and espadrilles to keep it casual.

Lookbook Inspiration: Full Suit & Separates

Pastel Coloured Suits for Men - Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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Key Pieces
  • Ted Baker Grandj Debonair JacketTed Baker Grandj Debonair Jacket
  • United Colors Of Benetton Suit Jacket In Slim FitUnited Colors Of Benetton Suit Jacket In Slim Fit
  • Asos Slim Fit Blazer In OxfordAsos Slim Fit Blazer In Oxford
  • Next Mint Cotton Slim Fit Suit: JacketNext Mint Cotton Slim Fit Suit: Jacket
  • Ted Baker Breek Linen Herringbone BlazerTed Baker Breek Linen Herringbone Blazer
  • Richard James Slim-fit Cotton SuitRichard James Slim-fit Cotton Suit
Final Word

So there you have it, five suits that offer a welcome break from the norm. Each would make a superb, versatile addition to your current spring/summer tailoring collection, whether worn as a full suit or split into separates.

But as always, we want to know what you think: will you be investing in any of the styles showcased today? Which one is your favourite and why?

Let us know in the comments section…