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Well, this year has already given us a glimpse of summer, and that can mean only one thing, time to lighten up our wardrobes in the hope that we reach those temperatures again. When it comes to suiting, we really should be pushing the heavy wools to the back and bringing out the light weight wools and linens.
I would opt in favour of , or our if you're looking for something for the office. It is nice and lightweight, but in a range of colours suitable for the office.
If you're heading off on holiday, or just want something more casual, try our Linens. There are some fantastic colours on offer this year. Have a look at my Linen Suiting blog to see some ideas. Of course, the three piece can be just as useful in summer as it is in winter. Think about leaving your jacket in the office when out for lunch. Wear your waistcoat instead. This will maintain the ultra smart appearance, whilst still keeping you cool. I've seen many of Edinburgh 's streets recently swarming with blokes who are cutting a dash with a waistcoat and trouser combo as well as a few famous faces.
Two of A Suit That Fits favourites do this look in the own way; Gary Barlow goes with his signature high chested six button waistcoat with a slight lossening of the tie to give it just a dash of the casual. David Beckham goes for a light grey waistcoat and trousers, worn with a tie but rolling up his sleeves to give his otherwise smart look a sporty feel. Colour also is an important factor when getting a new summer suit. I wouldn't advice a light grey or cream linen suit in the winter for instance but when the sun shines they are perfect colours. Light grey is a great shade for the office and cream for casual. It has never really gone out of style, proven by the image above. On the very far left we have Robert Redford in his younger days showing that separates are the way to go in his double breasted cream waistcoat with lapels and matching trousers. In the middle is Brad Pitt in a more relaxed outfit, wearing a two piece cream suit with an open collar shirt and last but not least we have P Diddy. He is wearing a two button notched collar, linen, cream suit with silver pocket square.
Coming from the flax plant it requires a lot of processing to become a workable fibre but once formed into a fabric it's exceptional breathability and durability is only rivalled by it's ability to crease, ok so that's probably not such a good case for it but bear with me; when we compare it to cotton the difference in environmental sustainability is immense and linen can be spun finely enough to make some great shirt fabrics, making it the perfect eco-alternative.
Although it's propensity to break during the spinning process makes it more expensive than cotton, advances in technology that correctly tense the fibres so that they don't snap as often during manufacture have driven down the cost worldwide.
Linen has been produced since ancient times, we have records of the ancient Egyptians and evidence of many prehistoric cultures working flax into fabric. All told it's a fibre the human race knows well and haven't abandoned as the years have gone by, and it's got the big green eco stamp of approval. The Flax plant.
We see it much more in Italian and other Mediterranean cultures. They do have better weather, but linen is not inclined to bobble when it gets damp like woolen fabrics, so in the muggy drizzle of summer you can happily potter about cool and safe in the knowledge that you wont have to take a fabric razor to your suit. Here is an example of a great continental style summer suit:
If you do business in Dubai you can't go wrong with something like this, it's a classic relaxed fit with a low first button, enhancing the chest and allowing you to remain far cooler.
But I want you to think about this as a British thing, so I'll show you this charming example, it's a much slimmer tailored look.
Don't be put off by the light colours, you can still wear a navy linen suit , check out our linens to see what I mean and the great thing about linen is it's really colour fast and is easily coloured so you get it in a great range of colours and it stays that colour! Just to prove the versatility of linen I present you with a charming ladies casual jacket:
Linen looks great paired with jeans follow this link for a lovely jacket we've put together for just such a look.
So embrace the linen, love it, relax into the funky relaxed look you can create with a jazzy lined casual jacket. Go fourth and stand under your umbrella at one of the many remaining summer events, safe in the knowledge that you are cool and you look it.
A linen jacket for ladies has recently been introduced, inspired by our men's blazers but tailored for a ladylike fit. To complete the look, ladies can pair it with a smart pair of linen trousers with double pleats, turn-ups, and wide leg.
Style your new look with a half-lined linen jacket, single-button front, six-button working cuff so you can roll up your sleeves and show off the contrasting lining of your choice.
Add a short, half-width, peaked lapel with hand stitching for the fine, extra-tailored look. For the extra feminine detail, add rouching or gathers (puff) to sleeves. This automatically gives a chic look. Hey guys we haven't forgotten about you, so how about getting yourselves a linen weekend blazer as well? Get the look in a single-breasted, half-width, notch lapel, slanted flapped pocket and add a matching pocket square to complete the look.
If you are going to attend any of the main events this year such as the Cartier International Day, you want to pull out the sartorial big guns and look your best.
A day that is traditionally attended by lots of celebs, you need to plan your outfit carefully to stand out from the crowd. A is not mandatory, and in fact most people will be dressed in a more casual manner.
To really embrace the summer, I would opt with a light pair of trousers, in both colour and weight, and match it with a blazer in a contrasting colour such as navy . A linen fabric will work wonders in this situation. Its wrinkled texture looks more casual than wool, yet in a tailored cut will look smart and crucially it will keep you cool in the heat of the day.
If you are set on wearing a suit, follow Prince Charles' lead below and go for a light tan cotton or linen . Forego the tie and go with a blue shirt to keep it casual. Pop in a pocket square in a contrasting colour in silk to add variety of texture to the outfit and you're ready to go.
If you're feeling extra adventurous, pair your outfit with a pair of suede chukka boots who take their name from the sport of polo.
Some people may think of suits as a mere collection of stitched together fabric pieces, but there is a lot more to the construction of a suit that many people realise. If you've ever walked past a tailor's window displaying a suit with it's 'guts' on show then chances are you have some idea about what's going on under the outer wool fabric - but all that random stitching, padding, lining and interfacing can look a little confusing.
What are suits really made of?. To start with, the front sections of most suits are interfaced with a fusible interfacing, to give the outer fabric a little more body.
Next comes the chest canvas, which is a stiffer piece of fabric (sometimes containing horsehair) that floats between the outer and the lining. Shoulders pads are then added (we use various thicknesses depending on customer preference), and finally a sleeve head roll in the seam between the sleeve and body of the jacket, to fill out the cap of the sleeve and keep this area sharp. All these layers add up to produce the sharp, moulded shape of the quintessential English tailored suit. However, as the weather finally heats up, a lot of suit-wearers are starting to find that they are getting a bit hot under the collar.
Full English tailoring can sometimes feel a little heavy and uncomfortable in the height of the summer, leaving us yearning for a lighter, softer option. So we at A Suit That Fits are happy to announce the timely addition of deconstructed jackets to our new range of products. The deconstructed jackets have regular interfacing but no chest canvas, shoulder pads or sleeve head rolls, making for a softer shape and lighter jacket that is easy to wear in the summer heat. Deconstructed jackets hang best when made out of relatively stiff fabrics such as our linens and mohairs , and also work fabulously when half-lined for extra lightness.
The deconstructed jacket option isn't just for summer however. They are an excellent choice for an Autumn or Spring casual jacket when you're not looking for such a structured silhouette. Try one of our tweeds , cords , sports jacketing or cashmere herringbones for effortless casual style.
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