As the temperatures rise, it doesn’t mean you should leave your sartorial style behind. There’s more to looking sharp in the summer than simply relying on your trusty shorts and T-shirts. We asked RETO PETER, co-founder of leading made-to-measure tailors Edit Suits Co, to share his tips on dressing for warmer weather
The summer certainly calls for more lightweight suits and it’s true that there may be a more relaxed feel in the boardroom over the coming months. But having said that, I don’t believe that’s an excuse to get sloppy and look any less smart than you do during the winter. Even as the temperatures soar, dress codes still exist, so there’s more of an art to dressing smart while still trying to keep your cool.
LOOK FOR A TAILORED SUIT IN A BREATHABLE FABRIC
Leave the tweed, wool and cashmere hanging in your wardrobe and opt for something a little more lightweight and, ideally, unlined. Cream, beige and white suits are ideal at this time of the year as they are more likely to be made from linen, which has a more natural weave, or effortless cotton blends, which have more structure and less creasing. Silk is another option because it’s extremely lightweight, comfortable and surprisingly durable.
PLAY AROUND WITH DIFFERENT COLOUR SUITS
Navy suits are undoubtedly the go-to for most men, but you can lighten the look with a paler shade of blue for a more contemporary style. Pair with a plain white shirt and a linen tie, if the occasion calls for one, for a summery twist. This pastel palette makes a real statement and is perfect for summer weddings, garden parties or big summer events as it ticks both the smart and casual boxes on the invite. Having said that, it might be a bit much for those stuffy business meetings, in which case I’d recommend a light grey option. It’ll still look fresh and modern and pairs easily with other colours and fabrics.
Green is having a real moment in men’s suiting and works just as well in the summer as it does in the winter. You can give it a more casual feel by ditching the shirt and tie and instead wearing a white T-shirt or, on those chillier days (yes, this is the British summer we’re talking about), a pale, lightweight knit. And don’t shy away from wearing trainers with your suit; it’s a real trend on the Continent and still maintains a smart edge.
MAKE YOUR WARDROBE WORK FOR YOU
You don’t have to restrict yourself to wearing just the full suit; you can wear both the trousers and blazer as separates to create many different outfits – ideal if you’re heading off to sunnier climes. For example, wear your jacket with jeans and trainers on a night out, or wear the trousers with a neutral coloured polo and smart loafers when heading to the office on a dress down day. A grey blazer with navy or black tailored chino is perfect for smarter occasions.
THE RIGHT ACCESSORIES ARE KEY
When it comes to your shoes, choose brogues or loafers. Feel free to ditch the socks or choose a bright, playful pair that poke out from underneath your trousers or tailored chinos.
For your shirt choice, if in doubt always go for classic white because this gives you more flexibility in terms of other accessories like ties and pocket squares. Avoid dark colours at this time of the year as it has echoes of winter dressing. I would recommend opting for a linen, silk, or knit tie in a lighter colour, or even a bold floral.
Edit Suits was founded in 2014 by Reto Peter and Patrick Jungo offering made-to-measure Savile Row suiting and casual clothing without the hefty price tag. The brand has recently launched its first UK store outside London in Birmingham’s Mailbox. For more details visit www.editsuits.com.