Summer Suits – On & Off Duty

August 10th, 2012

A well-tailored, seasonally appropriate suit is one of the best investments a man can make for his wardrobe.

It can have you ready for the office, a wedding, a date, a night out, or just about any other occasion.

Here are three examples (dressed up, and down).

1. Office Ready

Brown suits. Linen suits. Both underrated.

Put them together for a garment that you can wear two or three times a week all summer (as a suit, a blazer, or a pair of trousers).

Summer is the best time to have a little fun with color and pattern at the office.

Don’t be afraid to break out pastel colored shirts (like lavenders, pinks, yellows) and cotton ties with a little more personality (like this Liberty floral print).

Keep it lighthearted with the smaller accessories too – like a grosgrain watch strap, patterned pocket square and cufflinks with a little personality.


Worsted Wool Suit in Coffee

  • Floral cotton tie by Liberty of London ·
  • Sneaker cufflinks by PDB Jewelry ·
  • Lavender stripe shirt ·
  • Camel socks by Marcoliani ·
  • Medium brown loafers by Scarpe di Bianco ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic
  • · Chocolate brown linen suit

2. Matinee Ready


Come the weekend, you can split up the linen suit and wear just the jacket (with chinos, jeans, shorts, etc) or just the trousers (with a patterned blazer, polo shirt, light sweater, etc).

Or, you can keep them together and dress the suit down with casual basics like a striped polo and driving shoes.

The texture and drape of the linen give the suit a casual edge that doesn’t look overly “corporate”. That’s the ultimate advantage of seasonal tailoring (on top of regulating your body temperature, of course).

I’ll admit, when it gets sweaty out there I’ll sometimes dab-dry with my pocket square.

It’s a piece of cotton (or linen), use it to keep fresh then throw it in your hamper.


Worsted Wool Suit in Coffee

  • Brown plastic frames by Warby Parker ·
  • Floral pocket square Handmade ·
  • Alligator grain leather drivers by Martin Dingman ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Striped polo shirt by Brooks Brothers Black Fleece ·
  • Nato Striped grosgrain watch strap by Corvus
  • · Chocolate brown linen suit

3. Strictly Business

The light grey tropical wool suit is a three-season staple (Spring, Summer, Fall).

It’s a blank canvas that will work with almost any shirt & tie combo, as well as black or brown shoes.

Light Gray Essential Suit

  • Grey/Burgundy windowpane shirt ·
  • Burgundy Pindot Tie by Polo Ralph Lauren ·
  • Tortoise shades by Persol ·
  • Brown leather wingtips by Scarpe di Bianco
  • · Grey lightweight wool suit

4. Summer Date Ready

Same jacket, this time with white jeans, a dark-based check shirt and slip-on loafers.

Sharp and put-together, but not overly stiff or serious. Perfect for a summer date.

Light Gray Essential Suit

  • Tortoise shades by Illesteva ·
  • Brown waxed suede loafers by Martin Dingman ·
  • Brown check shirt ·
  • White denim jeans by Helmut Lang ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Nato Striped grosgrain watch strap by Corvus ·
  • Brown alligator belt and silver buckle by Ralph Lauren Purple Label
  • · Light grey wool suit jacket

5. New Age Power Suit

Sometimes in the boardroom you need a suit that displays confidence and says you mean business.

Textured White Broadcloth Shirt

  • Black shrunken leather duffle bag by Dan Trepanier x Frank Clegg ·
  • Navy/Black check suit ·
  • Black flannel tie ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Black leather/suede spectator wingtip shoes by Barker Black ·
  • Black alligator watch band by Montblanc
  • · White formal shirt

6. After Dark

The best part is, that “bossy” suit can make for a confident nightlife look too (sans shades, of course).

Great for getting by those judgmental doormen at the club if your name isn’t on “the list”.

You know what they say…looking the part is half the battle.

  • Blue/black check suit jacket ·
  • White shirt by Thomas Pink ·
  • Black velvet tassel slippers by Stubbs & Wooton ·
  • Black aviator shades by Persol ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Black alligator watch band by Montblanc ·
  • Black denim jeans by Rag & Bone

Thanks for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

Photography by Alex Crawford.