The Helm's Season Essentials | The Summer SuitApril 24th, 2014
With summer hopefully approaching, leave the basics in the closet and step out from the sea of black, navy and charcoal with a clean summer suit.
Playing with lighter colours can help a guy truly elevate his suit game. Most men in the spring and summer months usually get by with their four season basic suits, which tend to be darker. Stepping out slightly with a lighter garment will turn heads for all the right reasons.
These three pieces from Luigi Bianchi Mantova and Corneliani will surely fit the bill.
This beautiful soft stone blue windowpane suit from Luigi Bianchi Mantova ($1250) is a great example. Paired up with a pink Hugo Boss dress shirt and complementing striped tie, the outfit really comes to life. This may not be a common combination, but is quite elegant. The medium brown Magnanni shoe ties everything together with a sartorial touch.
Another option for a great summer suit is the classic heather grey. I'm personally a huge fan of a light summer grey suit, it's something that every man should own. This Corneliani suit ($1995) is paired up with a Stenstroms bengal stripe shirt, golden yellow Ferretti tie and Magnanni chocolate brown cap toe for a classic yet unconventional look.
Now, for the must have garment of the season.... the royal blue suit! This has been thus far, the hottest colour for summer yet again. It's a perfect cross between playful and business. We paired this tonal stripe royal blue Corneliani suit ($2195) with a classic white shirt and brown accessories from Magnanni and Ferretti.
Note the assortment of brown shoes we've paired with these suits, they are all medium to light brown. In the case of the royal blue suit, they are a woven shoe which is seasonally appropriate for summer only. When investing in a summer outfit it's important to remember that the accessories tie everything together, they should be just as seasonal as the suit. The punch that all of these outfits provide would be lost in a heartbeat if thrown on with a plain black shoe or a dark shirt and tie.
The summer suit is not only a great tool to look awesome at the office or at a summer event, they also serve practical during the warm summer months. A quality summer garment is usually made up in a high twist tropical wool, which is extremely light weight and resilient to normal wear and tear, but is light enough to keep you cool and comfortable.
A great summer suit is undoubtedly one of the most important seasonal items a guy can add to his wardrobe.