The Spring Suiting Edit
With the finer weather finally upon us, we decided it’s the perfect time to round up the suits you should be considering in preparation for spring.
From modern and classic styles featuring notch or peak lapels to brightly coloured and patterned designs, we’ve got all your sartorial needs covered.
The Contemporary Suit
Let’s kick off with the key style every contemporary gent should have in the tailoring section of his wardrobe: a single-breasted, slim-fitting, two-button suit with a notch lapel and minimal trouser break – the epitome of modern.
While heavyweight wool styles are well positioned to keep you warm during the winter months, you’ll want to prioritise lighter weight versions for spring. Cool Wool designs, available from outfitters like T.M.Lewin and Jaeger, are ideal. Constructed from merino, these suits take advantage of this wool’s natural temperature regulating properties, helping you stay cool and comfortable on balmier spring days, while keeping the chill at bay on colder ones.
As we begin to transition into summer, it’s also worth considering 100 per cent cotton (or cotton-linen blend) options for optimal lightness and breathability.
Colour-wise, ask yourself where exactly your suit will mostly be worn. Buying it for work? Grey, charcoal and navy are your safest bets. Perfect for moving from boardroom to bar, these refined hues have a timeless appeal that will ensure you get good wear out of your investment for many more years to come.
Seasonally-Appropriate Beige & Bold Blues
If you’re looking for more of an occasion suit, opt for something in seasonally-appropriate beige or a bolder shade of blue for a style that’ll work for everything from a spring wedding to a casual business meeting to your Sunday best.
Style your contemporary suit up for smarter occasions with a slim-cut shirt, textured tie, printed pocket square and pair of quality loafers or chunky sole brogues (socks optional).
To dress it down, lose the tie and unbutton your shirt collar slightly for an outfit that’s effortless yet unquestionably smart. If you’re feeling particularly confident, you could even try your hand at the tailoring and trainers look that we’ve seen grow more and more popular in recent seasons.
When it comes to brands, if you’re on a budget we’d recommend checking out Charles Tyrwhitt, T.M.Lewin, Austin Reed or Next, which all offer quality slimline suits at extremely affordable price points.
On the other hand, if you’ve got a little more to work with, the likes of Reiss, Jaeger, J.Crew and Suitsupply will have you sorted in no time.
- Suitsupply Sienna Blue Plain
- Jaeger Plainweave Modern Suit
- Acne Studios Navy Stan Slim-fit Cotton-blend Twill Suit Jacket
- J. Crew Crosby Suit Jacket In Italian Cotton Pique
- T.m.lewin Halliday Blue Two-colour Twill 2-button Slim Fit Suit
- He By Mango Slim-fit Cotton Suit Blazer
- Jaeger Cool Wool Slim Suit
- Suitsupply Sienna Light Grey Plain
- T.m.lewin Wilson Light Grey Cool Wool 2-button Slim Fit Suit
- Boglioli Khaki Cotton And Linen-blend Suit
- Beige Herringbone Linen Cotton Slim Fit Suit
- Next Tailored Fit Cotton Suit: Jacket
The Classic Suit
If you like your tailoring a little more old-school, then try a classic suit. Whether you opt for a fuller cut single-breasted style with a peak/notch lapel, or a striking double-breasted design, this type of suit will see you through spring and beyond.
Given that versatility is probably high on your priority list, you’ll need to keep your eye out for materials that work year-round. We’d suggest something in all- or four-seasons wool, designed to keep you feeling as comfortable as possible – no matter the weather.
Likewise, when it comes to deciding on the colour of your cloth, stick to neutrals that have stood the test of time: mid to dark greys, navy and charcoal. If a plain colour is too conservative for you but you still want to retain a sense of timelessness, try a subtle Prince of Wales check or chalk stripe – particularly if you’re opting for a double-breasted jacket.
When it comes to styling, a classic suit doesn’t need much more than a good white/sky blue dress shirt and complementary tie, along with a pair of tan/brown brogues or smart black Oxfords/Derbies.
If you’re ever going to go bespoke or made-to-measure (something we can’t recommend highly enough), a classic style offers the perfect opportunity to indulge yourself in one of Savile Row’s stalwarts.
Although it’s an expensive option, both in terms of time (taking anywhere from ten weeks to make once you’ve completed around three separate fittings) and money (setting you back at least £3,000), you’re guaranteed to feel a million dollars – and if you ask us, that’s a decent return on investment.
Failing that, brands that offer high quality classic- and regular-cut suits include Gieves & Hawkes, Richard James, Ted Baker, Marks & Spencer (particularly its Savile Row-inspired line), T.M.Lewin, Charles Tyrwhitt, Suitsupply (York and Sienna styles) and Chester Barrie at John Lewis.
- Ted Baker Endurance Doltjak Sterling Wool Suit Jacket
- Handmade French Blue Wool Check Suit
- Classic Navy Double Breasted Jacket
- John Lewis Regular Fit Bobby Mini Birdseye Suit Jacket Charcoal
- Chester By Chester Barrie Sharkskin Suit Jacket Grey
- Savile Row Inspired Charcoal Tailored Fit Suit
- John Lewis & Co. Tailored Chepstow Check Double Breasted Suit Jacket
- M&s Collection Best Of British Charcoal Pinstriped Tailored Fit Suit
- Richard James Hyde Check Suit
- Jaeger Large Overcheck Classic Suit
- Gieves & Hawkes Navy Checked Wool Suit
The Statement Suit
Practically fell asleep reading the above suggestions? Then you’ll probably want to make a bigger sartorial splash. Luckily, the spring/summer season is the best time to get creative and experiment with colours and patterns.
If you’re going down the statement suit route, opt for skinny to slim cuts, which align perfectly with this style’s contemporary and youthful feel. Slightly cropped or turn-up trousers are also a possibility here, emphasising your fashion-forward approach even further.
When it comes to choice of material, suits in bright colours tend to look best in lightweight cloths like cotton poplin, while certain statement checks will work better in weightier materials such as wool.
Colour is the perfect place to start when it comes to statement suiting, as many of us tend to play it safe with our formal palette. As timeless and versatile as black, navy and grey are, sometimes it’s fun to inject a bit of vibrancy into your tailoring collection.
The key here is confidence. If you know you’re going to feel awkward donning a cherry red two-piece, you’re more than likely going to look awkward too. It’s important to be honest with yourself and what you’re comfortable with when it comes to style.
That said, if you tend to play it safe but are keen to liven up your look this spring, why not opt for a tailored suit in richer hues like camel, bottle green or burgundy? Granted, they may not be as head-turning as some of the brighter shades on the market, but they’re still unique enough to ensure you don’t fade to grey in a sea of monochrome.
Keep styling to an absolute minimum to ensure the emphasis stays firmly on your suit’s head-turning colour – try a white shirt with brown or black shoes for smarter affairs, or minimal white leather trainers and a neutral tee for an on point high-low contrast.
Prints & Patterns
Prints are another great way of individualising your formal wear, with boating stripes, bold coloured checks and strong windowpane motifs particularly prominent for SS15.
Truly flamboyant dressers could even consider a floral suit, which is guaranteed to make you a talking point at any event you attend – whether that is a good or bad thing will be entirely down to your self-belief and ability to keep the look grounded.
High-end labels with a rebellious edge such as Jonathan Saunders and Acne are your go-to when it comes to statement suiting, although you’ll find something equally as left field but affordable at youth-focused retailers such as ASOS, Mango Man, H&M and Topman.
- J. Crew Ludlow Suit Jacket In Italian Cotton Pique
- J. Crew Ludlow Suit Jacket In Japanese Chambray
- Moss 1851 Italian Cloth Tailored Fit Bright Blue Suit
- Asos Slim Fit Suit Jacket In Dark Green Pindot
- Sisley Geo Tile Print Suit Jacket In Slim Fit
- Noose & Monkey Tartan Suit Jacket In Skinny Fit
- Asos Slim Fit Suit Jacket In Poplin
- Vito Tartan Suit Jacket In Slim Fit
- He By Mango Slim-fit Patterned Suit Blazer
- Suitsupply Havana Red Plain
- H&m Wide Stripe Mod Jacket
- Suitsupply Madison Blue Stripe
- Reiss Sontag B Slim-fit Blazer Burgundy
- Burton 2 Piece Bright Blue Tonic Slim Fit Suit
- Topman Tmd Boat Stripe Jacket
So there you have it, the three main types of suits you should consider adding to your wardrobe for the warmer months ahead. Whether you’re after a modern navy option for the boardroom or a skinny printed style for a media event, just remember the most important components of all: fit and confidence.
Now you’ve heard from us, it’s over to you. What suits will you be sporting this season? Have we missed any key styles from our list?
Let us know in the comments section.