For those of us who have suits especially for summer, the day where we switch to wearing our summer suit after a long winter of heavy wool blazers is a sort of milestone in our calendar. Once you’ve worn your summer suit for a day, winter is finally over. However, the summer suit is often looked down upon, as its appearance and construction is often compromised in order to provide some relief from hotter weather. Here at Hemingway Tailors, we believe that the quality and fit of a suit doesn’t have to be compromised in order to provide a lighter, more comfortable feel. If you’re considering purchasing a made-to-measure or bespoke summer suit, here’s what you might want to look for…
Is linen the only option?
When you think summer suit, your mind probably heads straight to a linen suit – probably in a boring, inoffensive khaki or beige. Of course, linen is a fantastically lightweight option that’s perfect for a summer suit, and lighter colours are obviously preferable if you’re going to be spending a while out in the sun each day. However, linen just doesn’t look as smart as wool suits, and wrinkles easily. These days, one can purchase linen suits that contain silk and light wool, too, in order to give the suits better shape. Furthermore, more consumers are opting for high twist wools, which are far more breathable than the standard wools you’d wear in a normal winter suit. In addition, it’s worth investigating cotton blends, as these tend to be lightweight and look smart, too – provided you have it fitted.
Suits without linings are obviously more lightweight than those with linings. However, many suit buyers still expect some structure, so lining and canvas may be added to key areas of the suit, such as the shoulders. If in doubt, ask your tailor if you can try on lined and unlined options, to decide how much structure you’re willing to compromise in order to improve the suit’s ventilation.
Lighter colours will clearly be more comfortable to wear in the summer months, but by wearing khaki, beige, and light blues, your suit will only really be suitable to wear in the hottest summer months. Choose darker mid colours so that your suit can be worn for a significant portion of the year, and you’ll look far more professional than you would in a light coloured suit.
Your working environment
If you’re dealing with clients on a daily basis, it’s more important to wear a suit jacket all year round. The tendency of linen suits to wrinkle easily is hardly likely to make a good impression on potential new clients, so it’s worth discussing with your tailor if there’s a wool, cotton or silk blend that can give you the crisp look of your winter suit without the weight. In addition, an off-the-rack summer suit is hardly likely to fit you well. Invest in a bespoke or made-to-measure summer suit to ensure a superior fit.
Not sure where to start? Book an appointment with our tailors and we’ll talk through your options for your perfect summer suit.