June 27, 2018
By Noelani Piters
HOW TO DRESS DOWN YOUR SUIT FOR SUMMERSUIT UP WITH OUR EDITORS' PICKS
We know how it goes — when the sun is out, you feel your best and want to look it too. But you also don’t want to reach your desired destination this summer feeling overly formal (or sweating from head to toe). Our solution: kick up the cool factor with vibrant colors, casual fabrics, luxe accessories and hype accents. Read on for five looks that will make you breathe a sigh of relief when donning your best suit.
Prints On Prints
In the midst of a heat wave? Don’t limit your sartorial options to heavy wool. Go for a jacket-and-shorts combo in breezy cotton, then elevate your outfit with a mix of seasonal patterns. It’s all about balance, though; when pairing prints, make sure the scale of each is varied (a large, bold print with a microprint, as seen here) to avoid a busy or messy look. Top it all off with a heritage classic like an Hermès belt, then bring the fire with some Nikes, perfect for traversing the city in style.
Polished Beach Vibes
If you’re about to embrace sand and surf, it’s time to unleash the seersucker suit. Though possibly relegated to the back of your closet, the textured pinstripe fabric is nothing if not casual and airy, and there is a way to wear it without looking like you’re straight out of the ‘30s. Pick a streamlined button-up in your favorite hue and, instead of a conventional dress shoe, opt for a matching pair of espadrilles. These slip easily on and off for barefoot walks, plus the braided accent feels beachy yet polished. And don’t forget to fight off those UVs with some sleek shades.
The Unexpected Statement
For those who love to keep an icon on rotation, Cartier watches and quintessential Gucci loafers pull together any look with ease. Ready to take it to the next level? Marry them both with season-appropriate shorts and a statement blazer, from picnic-ready gingham with a corresponding tie to an edgier print à la Yohji Yamamoto. Either way, the accessories will root your ensemble in time-honored craftsmanship while your jacket does the talking.
Casual & Classic
Prepping for warm weather takes priority in our books, but that doesn’t mean you should ever sacrifice form for function. As true lovers of the hype luxe look, we’re all about mixing effortless sneakers and coveted collab pieces with traditional menswear staples. A striped linen suit is an ideal alternative to combat the heat in this case, while crisp Common Projects Achilles sneakers and a Louis Vuitton x Supreme portfolio make for a perfect dose of streetwear.
A Touch Of Hype