It’s a perennial issue for the professional man, or for those who want to keep looking smart as the temperature rises: what do you wear when a conventional suit just becomes uncomfortably hot? In addition to the comfort of a cooler suit, the relaxed look of more casual suits seems somehow to fit better with the feel of the season and the right suit will carry you from work through the warm evenings, and to the inevitable Summer weddings.
The Summer casual suit has a couple of distinctive main trends this year; cut and colour. Fabrics are lightweight and airy with seersucker and linen ever popular.
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The new trends for this Summer in colour are a mix of the constant favourite, khaki, and the newer, bolder choices emerging for the season. Khaki seems a safe choice, but paired with a shirt, or even just a tie, in the attractive new jewel green shades it can still have real impact.
All kinds of shades of red are proving popular from the more muted tones suitable for an everyday suit to the brighter, braver shades for those wanting to look bang on trend for a special occasion. The more adventurous reds can be harder to team up with a shirt, but cream works beautifully , softening the look to a more wearable one.
Another prominent colour trend this year is baby blue; a really nice compromise between the darker business suit and the impracticality of white. Paired perhaps with a pink shirt, or with crisp, classic white this is a look that’s surprisingly easy to pull off and feels like Summer even if the British weather doesn’t!
Where cut is concerned, the two major trends this year are both very striking, but equally comfortable and practical. The shorts suit combines the formality and elegance of a suit with the cool comfort of shorts to create something with a rather Italian sense of elegance. There is a certain sense of style about a man wearing shorts with his suit, an attractive self-confidence and aplomb that comes from bending the conventional rules a little.
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If you’d like to bend the rules a lot, the other trend for this Summer may be exactly what you are looking for. After a couple of seasons as a bubbling under trend this is the year that suits incorporating slouchy wide legged trousers will have their moment. Relaxed and airy, this look definitely takes a degree of nonchalance to carry off and will always be at the more casual end of the Summer suit spectrum but baggy trousers are sure to be one of the crowd-pleasing hits of this year.
The variety available in casual suits this Summer means that whatever your work pattern or social calender it should be easy to find something that will see you perfectly through to Autumn. If you combine a more conventional suit in this season’s colours with something a little more original in cut then you’ll have work and play covered in style.
And a final tip from your Grandad’s era- if you want to get ahead, get a hat! For this season hats are a big new Summer look and can bring a little extra flick of sophistication to your look.