Tropical Tailoring

May 7th, 2014

As I mentioned recently, after moving to LA my suiting game has taken on a slightly different form. More lightweight. More laidback. More tropical.

The moral of the story here: there’s much more to tailoring than standard wool business suits. You can be sharply tailored in any climate.

Here’s some examples for all you warm weather readers.

1. Linen on Seersucker


This is about as lightweight as a suited look can get.

Lightweight linen suit in a natural color (unlined jacket and trousers), seersucker shirt, no socks.


The shirt is also secretly short-sleeved. I have no problem wearing it with a tie, as long as the sleeves are trim and short enough (mid bicep) and the tie is lighthearted and not to corporate looking.

This floral cotton tie is by one of my new favorite tie brands: Dolbeau – handmade in the motherland of Canada.


When you’re casually suited your belt should lean casual as well, like this leather-trimmed braided cotton version.


Sand Linen Suit

  • “Atticus” Sunglasses by Tortoise & Blonde ·
  • Blue seersucker shirt by Club Monaco ·
  • Floral tie handmade in Canada by Dolbeau ·
  • Chambray pocket square by Armstrong & Wilson ·
  • Woven cotton ring belt by Ralph Lauren Polo ·
  • Brown Penny Loafers by Bass Weejun x Barneys
  • · Natural 100% linen suit

2. Madras on Linens


This navy pure linen was one of my first bespoke suits. I was still playing college ball (and lifting twice a day) when I got measured for it, so it fits a little looser than some of my more recent suits. But I like my linens that way; easy and breezy.

The white mother of pearl buttons give it a slightly more summery feel and, of course, it’s completely unlined (just one thin layer of linen all around).


I found this shirt in a dusty vintage warehouse. I think I paid $5 for it. If you look closely you can see the cuffs are fraying, and the collar buttons have been ripped off. A little character on linen only adds to its charm, in my opinion.

I just realized that all three ties in this article are by Dolbeau, including this awesome Japanese cotton patchwork.


Suede bucks (preferably with a sharp toe box) are a great match for a summer suit in warm climates. A little less corporate, a little more leisurely, and all the way gentlemanly.


Marine Linen Suit

  • Tortoise shades by Matsuda Eyewear ·
  • Madras tie by Dolbeau ·
  • Teal linen shirt by Ermenegildo Zegna (vintage) ·
  • Multi-color Stripe Socks by Paul Smith ·
  • Off-white suede wingtips by Scarpe di Bianco
  • · Navy Linen Suit

3. Linen, Chambray & Cotton


Ok, I cheated. This look was previously featured here in WIWT (click for clothing credits and details). Give me a break, we’ve been busy in the think tank with our developers… Big things coming up for Articles of Style!

It was actually this look, and the comments from some of our readers, that inspired this post.


Even in the warmer months you can, and should, experiment with textures.

The suit is chocolate linen, the shirt is lightweight chambray, the tie is waxed cotton, the loafers are oiled suede, the socks are ribbed cotton/cashmere, and the pocket square is raw silk.


Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

Photography by Alex Crawford