Styling Tip

A light suit calls for light shirting. Ditch the oxford for a two-ply cotton shirt and a simple silk knit tie.

The Cotton Suit Spectrum

It's summer wedding season, and that means standing around drinking in the sun, which makes dressing for the occasion all the more difficult. A man's first instinct might be to go for something like seersucker—but unless you're headed to the South or possibly a racetrack, the fabric is not too versatile. You'll get a lot more mileage from the cotton suit. It's a little more rigid than linen, but also looks better when it's been wrinkled a bit. Lightweight suits are always meant to be treated a little less preciously than their three-season counterparts, and that accounts for why there are a lot available under $500. From versatile navy and khaki hues to more statement-making suits, try these options on for size:


Banana Republic, $380 / $228

A cotton/linen jacket and pants with a tailored fit that keeps its shape.


J.Crew, $426

A lightweight, double-vented jacket and trousers with fine gray stripes.


Suitsupply, $469

A garment-washed, unconstructed suit that brings Italian flair to any occasion.


Brooks Brothers, $598 / $418

An Italian twill suit cut with higher armholes, narrow lapels and a shorter length.


Bonobos, $448

Athletic guys rejoice, this cotton/linen suit is cut with just enough breathing room.


Club Monaco, $489

A slim jacket and pants cut from breathable poplin cotton ideal for warm weather.


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June 13, 2013

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