Whether you work at a formal office or you’ve got a ton of weddings on the calendar, it’s inevitable that you’re going to have to wear a suit—on at least a few occasions—throughout the summer. We know—just the mere thought of having to throw on a suit on a boiling 92-degree day can make you break out into a sweat. You see your girlfriend throw on a breezy sundress while you’re adorning your body with layer upon layer of clothing and think, this is bullshit.
Cool it— it is possible to wear a suit in the summer without showing up to your destination soaking wet. Part of being able to pull this off is your ability to choose the right material (July is not the time to break out your tweed suit, for example), and the other part of it is knowing when to take off of your jacket and carry it. We’ll impart all of this wisdom below, along with suggestions for our 14 favorite summer-weight suits that’ll make you look cool and confident whether you’re at a business meeting or your best friend’s wedding.
Note: Prices reflect cost of suit jacket and pants only.
ASOS Slim Fit Linen Suit
You don’t have to be Colonel Sanders to be able to pull off a white linen suit—it’s one of the best suits to wear in the summer. Why? Lightweight linen is your friend on hot summer days, and light colors deflect the sun rather than absorb it. Another bonus to wearing a white linen suit? You’ll look dandy as all get out. Try pairing it with an icy mint julep, preferably on a veranda of some sort.
River Island Checked Suit
A London-based, family-owned company for over 60 years, River Island prides itself on providing relaxed attire for everyone in the family. This light gray checked suit is made from a linen/cotton blend, meaning that you’ll stay cool while still looking sharp. And if you really want to convince everyone that you’re hip—pair this suit with a pair of white sneakers.
Indochino Olive Linen Suit
Based in Canada and China, Indochino is a pioneer in the “virtual tailoring” space. What’s a virtual tailor, you say? You enter measurements into Indochino’s website and you get a custom suit, tailored for you, delivered to your doorstep. Much better than buying off the rack at a department store, right? Right. And what makes this suit unique, is that although it’s made out of lightweight, breathable linen (which is usually found in white and pastel shades), it’s olive green, making it look a bit more formal than other, lighter-colored suits.
Suitable White Linen Suit
Recently launched, NYC-based Suitable offers a slew of well-tailored, fashionable suits for under $400, and they’re so confident in their virtual fitting application that if you still require tailoring after you receive your suit, they’ll give you a $50 credit. So, order this white linen suit knowing that it’ll be the best-fitting suit you’ve ever owned. Simple and slim-fit, it’ll be perfect for that family wedding your girlfriend is dragging you to.
Suitable Blue Linen Suit
Another offering from Suitable, this is also a linen suit, but in electric blue, which will make you stand out at your next business meeting (in a good way). Dress it down with a white v-neck t-shirt and white sneakers, or dress it up with a crisp button-down and seersucker tie. You’ll look great either way.
Top Man Black & White Puppytooth Suit
Right about now, you’re probably thinking, “What the hell is puppytooth?” You’re not alone, but it’ll all make sense by the end of this sentence: puppytooth is a scaled down version of houndstooth (say it with us: “Ohhhhhhhh”). You’ll want to go with puppytooth for a suit, anyway, because the only people who can pull off a full houndstooth suit were sportscasters in the 1970s. This slim-fit, slightly patterned gray suit will be perfect for the office. Easily transition to happy hour drinks by removing the jacket and rolling up your shirt sleeves.
J. Crew Italian Chino Ludlow Suit
If there’s a staple for suiting these days, it’s J. Crew’s Suit Shop. They have a variety of offerings that range from casual suits to formal tuxedos, and—as is often the case with J. Crew—you can’t go wrong with almost everything they have on offer. This Italian Chino Ludlow suit (available in khaki, gray, and dark blue) sports a slim-fit silhouette and is made from cotton chino fabric from the Larusmiani mill in Milan, which means you’ll be as comfortable in this suit as you are rolling around town in your chinos and a t-shirt.
J. Crew Japanese Seersucker Ludlow Suit
Seersucker is a fabric favorite by the country club set in the summer, and for good reason. It’s lightweight and breathable, but still manages to be structured and crisp, meaning that it’s the perfect attire for that stable of beach weddings you’ve got on tap this summer.
J. Crew Engineer-Striped Cotton Ludlow Suit
Another offering from J. Crew’s Suit Shop is this striped cotton suit that will be perfect for an outdoor wedding or virtually any time you’re attending a fancy restaurant located on the water. Just something about a blue and white striped suit screams, “nautical!” Pair it with boat shoes and a rope bracelet, and you’ll look like you belong on a yacht.
SuitSupply Lazio Blue Suit
SuitSupply is a one-stop-shop for suits—from formal to casual—with in-house tailoring and affordable price points. We love this Lazio Blue Suit, which is made with a summer-weight wool that will keep you cool while still making you look professional.
SuitSupply Copenhagen Green Suit
Another offering from SuitSupply, this Copenhagen Green Suit will help you stand out from the crowd of pastels this summer. Made with a breathable cotton/linen blend, it’ll look great with a pair of brown loafers and a crisp white button-down.
SuitSupply Havana Light Brown Suit
This textured suit is made with Subalpino cotton from a venerable mill in Milan, and its gray/brown coloring makes it the perfect summer suit. Punch it up with a light pink shirt or a deep blue tie and you’ll look like you’re heading to Cuba. It’s the hot new place to travel to, right?
J. Crew Japanese Chambray Ludlow Suit
If we suggested that you should wear a denim suit, you would surely balk at the idea of wearing a Canadian tuxedo. Hear us out. Your favorite shirt is chambray. You love the way it feels and how it goes with anything. J. Crew has found a way to take that and turn it into a suit that won’t make you look like Chuck Norris or vintage Justin Timberlake. Made with chambray that’s been woven on old-school shuttle looms in Japan, this suit is stylish and comfortable, and comes in a light wash and a dark wash, just like your favorite pair of Levi’s.
Brooks Brothers Fitzgerald Check Suit
Yes, Brooks Brothers is where your dad buys all of his suits, but the brand isn’t nearly as stuffy as it used to be. This dapper blue suit is made with the ‘Brothers patented BrooksCool fabric made of a blend of wool and synthetic materials to make a breathable suit that’s both crease and water-resistant. If you have to wear a suit to work in August, this is the one you should wear.