The summer is a time to break out your linen suit. It’s not the best option for tracking through grass and dirt for three days at Lollapalooza or sweating your way through a nighttime concert in the park, but it’s just right for that gallery opening or your cousin’s third wedding. Banana Republic took a big risk with their recent linen suit rebrand and went bold with a flowy, lightweight unstructured style that would look just as comfortable on the boat off the Amalfi Coast as it does at your office. Or opt for a simpler cut from Alabama designer Billy Reid, who garment dyes his suits to give them that denim look.
Linen is breathable, meaning it absorbs your body’s perspiration and evaporates it into the air. That process keeps you cool and dry, so it’s important to pair your suit with a light-coloured cotton shirt that will also absorb moisture. Go tieless to keep things relaxed, or add a subtle hint of formality with a simple silk or wool tie.
When it comes to footwear, you can’t get more laid-back than a pair of brown penny or tassel loafers with your linen suit. If you’re feeling adventurous, white sneakers are on trend and would look great with a bottle green linen suit. Keep your accessories minimal so your suit doesn’t look overdone, and finish off the look with a patterned or plain pocket square for a final touch of sophistication. Linen suit