Every man is sure to have a suit (or three) hanging in his wardrobe in the standard go-to shades – black, grey, charcoal, navy – but with summer finally upon us, now’s the time to consider something a little fresher and more seasonally-appropriate.

Let us broaden your sartorial horizon’s by showing you how to wear some of this season’s more alternative colourways, which are sure to have you standing out at that upcoming event.

The Green Suit

You may think green is a little unconventional for tailoring, and you’d be right. But opting for a deep leafy tone over a bright apple shade will stop things feeling brash and ensure you stay the right side of refined.

Keep everything else classic – tan brogues, a crisp white shirt, a subtly patterned tie and complementary pocket square are all the gentlemanly touches you need to pull off this modern masculine colourway:

Suitsupply Green Summer SuitSuitsupply SS15

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Copenhagen suit in green, available at Suitsupply, priced £299.


The Mid Blue Suit

Whether worn casually or to a more formal occasion, a mid-blue tailored suit appears fresh but effortless, offering a contemporary alternative to your traditional navy go-to.

Again, a simple white shirt (or polo shirt/tee if dressing down) is all you need here, but a knitted silk tie in a tonal blue shade would make a considered addition.

Finish the look with equally clean-cut trainers, or if the occasion calls for it, a pair of light grey suede lace-ups:

Mango Mid-Blue Summer SuitMango SS15

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Cotton poplin Ermo suit, available at Mango Man, priced £161.98.


The Pale Grey Suit

Grey may not be a new colour when it comes to suiting, but opting for a shade at the paler end of the spectrum will instantly transform your look from stuffy to stylish.

Stick to a light and airy palette for the surrounding pieces – try soft blues and tonal greys for a modern and confident finish:

Reiss Garda Grey Three-Piece SuitReiss SS15

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Garda three-piece suit in grey, available at Reiss, priced £495.


The White Suit

With all-white looks trending, the white suit has been pushed to the fore this season.

This is one suit style that you should always look to dress down, as a business-like spread-collar shirt and Windsor-knotted tie will jar against its laid-back, preppy feel.

With this in mind, try combining yours with a plain tee, granddad collar shirt or polo, while keeping your footwear suitably relaxed – try tan slip-ons for a considered contrast or a minimal white trainer for an on-point head-to-toe look:

Zara White cotton suitZara SS15

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White cotton suit, available at Zara, priced £159.98.

Zara White suit

The Beige Suit

While autumn cries out for deep brown tweeds, this summer, it’s all about beige. The breezy hue instantly calls to mind those long sunny days spent with friends and a drink in hand, bridging the gap between smart and casual.

Slightly more practical than white, a beige suit is arguably the ultimate blank canvas – pastel shades, other summer neutrals (white, off-white, cream, stone, pale grey), and richer earth shades such as oxblood, tan and mahogany brown all work beautifully well with this colourway:

ASOS Slim Fit Suit In 100% LinenASOS SS15

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Slim Fit Suit In 100% Linen, available at ASOS, priced £125.

ASOS Slim Fit Suit Jacket In 100% Linen