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Most men think that a summer suit just has to be lightweight and that's all they can do. While a lightweight fabric helps to keep you cooler, what's much more important is the open weave of the fabric because that way, you feel every breeze that cools you down. So, when you buy a summer suit, the first thing you should look at is how is the weave, is it open and is it airy?
A very popular summer fabric that is very open is called fresco, it's a wool fabric and I'm wearing it here right now. It's actually not super lightweight, but quite airy and hence, it feels cooler than a seersucker suit that is lighter but has a much tighter weave.
Once you've decided on an airy fabric, you have to look at the lining. Personally, I enjoy sleeve lining because it's easy to get in there and my sleeves fall nicely and I don't get stuck. At the end of the day, it's a personal preference. If you're in a really hot climate, I would skip any kind of lining and try to be as light and airy as possible.
In terms of fabric weight, you should go for about 7 ounce or 210 grams because that's already really lightweight but you still get a nice drape of the fabric. Most companies offer a tropical, which is a wool, worsted fabric with an open weave that's well suited for warm and hot climates. So if you can't find a fresco, look for a tropical. On the other hand, seersucker is easily available, It has very light colors in light blue and white or white brown.
White, beige, and off-white are typical summer colors because they reflect the light and at the same time, you can easily see through them especially, if you have a pocket lining. Therefore, either skip the pocket lining when you have these kinds of garments in lighter colors or use a fabric that's very close to your skin color.
Another very important aspect of men's summer suits is the cut. I suggest you go with single breasted, with one or two buttons because it's great, it's a larger V which allows more airflow and you don't have an overlapping layer of fabric that insulates.
In terms of shirts, you also want to have open weave because again, it helps you breathe, it stays cool, there's a tight fabric like a twill, it'll actually just feel warm. If it's very hot outside, sometimes it makes sense to wear an undershirt and even though it creates an additional layer, it absorbs the sweat.
In terms of neckwear, a bowtie is actually preferable because it just sits on your.
In terms of accessories, a Panama hat is really the way to go because it keeps the sun out of your face and makes you look very dapper.
In terms of shoes, it pays to have something like white summer bucks, spectators, or suede loafers but stay tuned for a separate video of men's summer shoes. Instead of wearing suits, it's actually a great idea to have odd combinations in summer because it's more relaxed. Seersucker pants, either a part of a suit or just on their own, are a perfect companion for all kinds of blazers. You can wear it with navy, light gray, green, even brown and they just look really classic.
Another wonderful summer fabric is linen and the traditional color is tobacco brown linen. Linen wrinkles a lot but it does so in a very sophisticated way and even though it's heavy, it's also very airy.
Don't be afraid of the wrinkles in the linen suit. If you're not sure what kind of color to get, either get a tobacco brown that's very light or something mid-blue, or royal blue. Of course, you'll also find linen blends and the addition of silk can make them a little softer but again, always pay attention to the openness of the weave.
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