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While a flawlessly-tailored suit will be in style all year long, the fabric in question is where it gets a bit more seasonal. Think about it. If you were to step out in a heavy wool suit in July, you’d probably combust in a pool of sweat 30 seconds after cruising outside. On those hot summer days, a lightweight style is key for that polished and comfortable (ahem, non-suffocating) look. Here are a few more specific pointers to keep in mind.
To save you the trouble of finding the perfect summer suit, we’re doing the work right here with 12 of the very best options out there. You’ll stay cool and look cool all season long. No sweat.
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Best for Sweaty-fighting fabric
ABC Classic-Fit Pant
This water-repellent suit will work best with a polo or tee and sneakers or sockless loafers for a casual-yet-sophisticated look.
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Best Classic Option
Stretch Chambray Suit
A chambray suit paired with brown loafers and a sleek white shirt feels particularly fresh for the season.
Best Linen Suit
Slim-Fit Linen Suit Blazer
Best Budget Pick
Ultra Light Wool-Like Jacket
Ultra Light 2-Way Stretch Pants
You’ll keep chill throughout the summer thanks to the weightless feel and stretch material for easy movement.
Dark Green Suit
This sharp, all-season option from SuitShop isn’t just a green suit—it’s a *green* suit. Made from 38 percent recycled polyester—the equivalent of about 25 water bottles—it’s a signature of the brand’s new eco collection, a big step toward what SuitShop hopes will become a fully sustainable and compostable line of apparel. Perhaps just as important, it looks and feels great thanks in part to the top-notch tailoring and construction, as well as the 5 percent spandex that gives the fabric plenty of room to stretch once you transition from dinner to the dance floor.
Stockport Wool Linen Light Blue Suit
The light blue color mixed with the wool-linen fabric blend makes this suit a top-notch choice to avoid sweating all day at the office.
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Ludlow Slim-Fit Unstructured Suit Jacket
Ludlow Slim-Fit Unstructured Suit Pant
Unlined and unpadded, this is the ideal option for the dude on the go that needs to stay comfortable, but still look put together.
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Pink Herringbone Linen Tailored Fit Italian Suit
Why go with a standard neutral-hued suit when you can make a statement in pale pink? Style this with a white or blue button-down for an unexpected-but-classic look.
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Italian Seersucker Traveler Suit in Stone
Seersucker is always a go-to for lightweight, practical summer suiting that’s quick-drying and hides wrinkles. In this pale yellow, your swanky summer look will be cool as ever.
Skinny Fit Textured Suit Jacket
Herringbone Linen Suit Jacket
Herringbone Linen Suit Pant
Be the best-dressed guest at those upcoming summer weddings in this beige linen suit with either an unbuttoned shirt underneath or with a traditional tie situation. We love the idea of pairing it with an unexpected pop of color, like pink.
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Looking for a way to wear color without stepping too far out of your comfort zone? Look no further—olive green is practically a neutral. Sport it with a pair of brown leather oxford shoes to dress your look up. This seersucker suit will look especially good with a pair of tortoiseshell sunglasses, too.
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Tencel Linen Blend Double Breasted Blazer
Linen Blend Pleated Trousers
If you’re in the market for a darker suit, consider a lightweight option like this one with some visual texture to wear in the summer.
A lightweight suit with softer constructions will appear sloppy when not properly tailored. Sure, a looser suit makes sense in theory for more comfort, but it’s not the fit that will actually keep you cool, it’s the fabric—so don’t get lazy and skip the tailor.
You’ll have the best luck not sweating it all out by sticking to lighter and brighter colors like pastels and soft grays to absorb heat. If you are going for a black or navy style for an elevated vibe, just keep the above fabric and fit notes in mind.
As we mentioned, thick wool suits are a no-go as the temperatures start rising, but thankfully there’s the option of tropical wool that’s woven with larger gaps for breathability. Also look for a linen-wool blend or an option made out of 100% linen, cotton twill, or seersucker for breathable fabrics. When it comes to the construction of your lightweight suit, unlined and unstructured suits will also keep you much cooler in the summer months.
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