If it feels like your social calendar has undergone stops and starts, and interruptions aplenty, consider yourself in the same boat as much of the rest of the world. But it’s finally, truly heating up, and we don’t doubt you’re still staring down summer wedding after summer wedding … after summer wedding.
What’s a well-dressed man to do? Approach that packed calendar armed and ready wearing a stylish suit — one of the best summer suits, or at least one of the best summer suits.
Men are more ready than ever to take aim and dress well this season, said Peyton Jenkins, president and co-founder of tailoring company Alton Lane. Bold colors and eye-catching prints are back in full force, blended with a more relaxed and cosmopolitan sense of style, he said.
“During the height of summer, you’re looking at softly constructed jackets paired with pants that are light and easy to wear,” Jenkins told Maxim, noting that the traditional suit is being shaken up with accessories and more colorful, bold shirting.
And despite COVID pushing wardrobes into more casual territory, Jenkins said guys across the board are still looking to amp up their style.
“People still want comfort and ease, but the idea of what comfort feels and looks like is changing.” Jenkins said. “During COVID, it meant soft, sweat-like, and stretchy bottoms and easy-to-wear tops, like T-shirts. Now, we’re seeing that style give way to more polish.”
Jenkins is also seeing more innovative fabric blends — like wool, linen and silk — make their way into the market, and recommends guys lighten things up when shopping for summer suiting.
Jenkins has a few tips for those looking to step back out into the world dressed to the nines. especially for a summer wedding or rehearsal dinner. Chief among them: Ditch the tie, press your suit and pair it with a medium to light brown loafer to stand out stylishly and subtly.
If you can’t ditch the tie, stick with a classic knit tie, and for the most formal of occasions, let one piece stand out, like a dinner jacket with a pop of color. With those tips and tricks in mind, you’ve surely got suiting on the brain — these are the best summer suits to wear now.
SuitSupply Mid Green Havana Suit
Lean into Jenkins’ suggestion with a wool-linen-silk blend suit featuring clean lines, a contemporary fit and a rich mid-green color that’ll stand out from the pack. $779
Alton Lane Wesley Suit in Heathered Linen
Linen is nearly an undefeated summer fabric as far as keeping you cool while still retaining some polish, and it only gets better when you consider the seasonally friendly oatmeal color on display here. Feel free to customize it (or visit an Alton Lane shop) to dial in your perfect fit. $699
Brioni Cotton and Cashmere Suit
Go super-luxe — and we mean, super luxurious — with a handsome, refined cotton and cashmere suit made from some of the finest materials on Earth. It helps that this style of suit pairs nicely with a crisp white shirt and brown leather loafers for on-point seasonal style. $4,300
Todd Snyder Italian Unconstructed Linen Double-Breasted Suit
Leave it to menswear master Todd Snyder to make the double-breasted suit feel fresh, cool and modern, not stuffy. It all comes down to the ultra-premium Italian linen fabric and the unconstructed design for breezy summer style. $1,146
Joseph Abboud Light Gray Modern Fit Suit
Just ask James Bond in Skyfall — light gray is a flattering shade of suiting on any guy, and it helps that this aptly named Modern Fit style is much more affordable than 007’s taste, too. $249.99
State & Liberty Athletic Fit Stretch Suit
Guys with more bulk need suiting options, too, and it’s all the better if those suiting options are both premium and yet affordable. Bonus points for the bright, engaging Heathered Blue color here, which pops nicely in a sea of navy suits. $550