The summer months are no time to be adding on extra bulk, so lightweight suits are an absolute must. This season’s hottest styles in men’s suits are a blend of lightweight fabrics, soft textures and sharp details, with white, light brown, bright orange, green and ivory the most popular color choices. Silk and lightweight cotton, linen, as well as the occasional lightweight cashmere piece seem to be the popular choice among fabrics for the Spring/Summer fashion line.
With an emphasis on classic, elegant styles many suit designers have instigated their versions of men’s suits as part of their men’s fashion line for the season. Slimmer tailored cut with two-buttoned or double-breasted jackets abound as this season’s key look in men’s suits. White is in for the summer, but take care not to create too monochromatic a look; try blending stark white pants with a cream colored suit jacket and shirt for the ultimate summer outfit. If white’s not your thing, go for the basics with a cotton blazer in brown, coupled with a pair of lightweight flat-front cream chino pants and an ivory silk shirt for a look that’s definitely 2006. You have the look of a casual suit, without any excess material. Double-breasted suit coats seem to be making a bit of a comeback for the season as well – and no, I’m not talking about the to-the-floor black gothic numbers. A double-breasted suit coat, in taupe or cream lends a sophisticated flair to your summer wardrobe. Not a big fan of the tie? For a dressier work look, without breaking dress code, pick a jacket with a contrasting lapel color. You’ll practically ooze style.
Whatever you do, stay away from overtly heavy material. During this season, you’re wise to stick with softer fabrics in muted shades to convey that spring/summer feel. Too dressy suits for summer seems to have become a thing of the past, what with designers DKNY, Dolce and Gabbana, Gucci and Armani designing for this season. Where DKNY practices sleek, modern sophistication, Dolce and Gabbana are all about sexy, cutting edge fashions of the season. You can find crisp black suit jackets for that rocker edge. Gucci is all about the ivory, white and tans and takes the runway with slightly monochromatic but never boring preppy blazers and pants. Armani kicked it up a notch and introduces green, grey and even mulberry among its summer line, with fabrics including silk-linen blends and seersucker.
After reviewing 2006’s designers at the forefront of this season’s latest, it seems clear that a well-balanced suit wardrobe will consist of cotton blazers in a variety of shades, silk tees to go underneath, crisp chinos to complete the suit and possibly an occasional denim or leather piece thrown into the mix. While basic black, ever a wardrobe staple still makes its inevitable appearance on runways everywhere, earthy tones, khaki, stark white, greens and tan seem to be at the head of the fashion scene for summer. Stick with the basics and up the ante a notch with a little unexpected twist and you’re sure to create a superb look this spring and summer.