Ultimate Guide To Summer Suits

Ultimate Guide To Summer Suits

As the weather warms up and your calendar fills with invites, the versatile summer suit becomes your formal wear armour. The perfect summer suit is just like a reliable sidekick, helping you feel confident and ensuring you stay cool no matter the event. Gentlemen if you’re unsure about how to find the perfect summer suit for yourself, I am here to help guide you and break down everything you need to know about buying your very own levelled up summer suit.

The summer suit allows you to step outside of the traditional, and embrace texture and pattern. Once you find your groove, the first thing you need to do is visit an in-house tailor – like those at Briggins – who will customise your suit just for you. I recommend you take every opportunity in your consultations to share your personal style with the tailor and allow them to take those style notes and turn your vision into a masterpiece that makes you look and feel like a boss. At Briggins they say the suit makes the man, and they make the suit – it truly is a collaborative experience.

Choosing the Right Fabric for Your Summer Suit

Your summer suit needs to be breathable, and yet still maintain a comfortable weightiness to it. You don’t want a fabric that is too light or you will lose some of the elegance and style you’re trying to achieve. I recommend fabrics that are always timeless, such as linen, or blends of linen, cotton and wool. You can also opt for 100% cotton or a light wool depending on your specific climate. Each of these fabrics will provide you with a suit that is transformative, personalised and perfect for hot Australian summers.

More often than not, gentlemen looking to purchase a summer suit lean toward lighter colours to complement the sunny weather. Linen and cotton blends look fantastic in light colours, bringing a crisp finish no matter your personal style. I think you cannot go wrong with beiges and sandy colours, as well as light blues and greens. Don’t be afraid to branch out into patterns such as checkers or stripes, as you can get away with such bold patterns during the summer. If you’re looking for something more subdued, a handsome light grey is also a good option for those who want a neutral choice outside of the sandy colours.

Certain fabrics allow for more airflow and breathability than others. I recommend you choose fabrics around 250-290 g/m for your summer suit. Fabrics of this weight provide the ideal balance of airflow, comfort and weight.

100% wool, better drape and less wrinkles
100% wool, checks add playfulness
100% linen, light and breathable, more casual looking due to natural crinkles

Textured Fabrics for Your Summer Suits

The texture is king when it comes to summer suits. To avoid feeling, or looking, like you’ve just stepped out of the office choose fabrics with texture. When you rock up to your next summer event, you don’t want to feel like you’re going to work – a summer suit should feel light, breezy, and stylish while remaining formal.

The more dramatic the texture of your fabric, the better your suit stands alone as individual pieces. Wearing your blazer or pants separately creates endless outfit possibilities, and allows you to dress up or down for every occasion as necessary. From an outdoor wedding to a Christmas party, your summer suit is the ultimate feel good all summer long hack.


Styling Your Summer Suit

Help draw attention to your face first, then a lighter coloured shirt will draw the eye upwards instead of keeping the attention on your blazer. For example, if you were to choose light grey linen for your suit, a light blue shirt is the winning choice. Beige and sandy coloured suits do best with white shirts in summer, and there is no reason why you can’t experiment with different collar styles and tie patterns. However, summer suits are often seen without a tie, and instead can be accessorised with a statement pocket square. Choose what best suits your personal style – this is the power of a summer suit.


Tailored Summer Suits Made in Melbourne

Do you sometimes feel putting on a suit is like trying to assemble IKEA furniture – confusing, and with so many pieces you never know if you’ve got it right? If this is you, I know just how to help. The team at Briggins are ready and waiting to help create your dream summer suit and explain all the ins and outs of how to wear and style each and every piece.

Now that you’re an expert in all things summer suits, you can walk into your consultation with confidence. Briggins offers obligation-free consultations to design your own one-of-a-kind suit. Your suit is more than just clothing, it is a way to adorn yourself in amour, to bring out your personality and to find your confidence.

Check out some examples of our tailor made suits on our instagram, or visit our website to book your consultation.



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