We've covered the recent rise of affordable suits made from quality material, but there's more happening in the world of men's suiting this spring. After all, aren't we ready to retire the tweed and flannel for a bit? With warmer weather is upon us, it's time for comfortable fabrics with a lighter feel, a relaxed style and some details from the past reinterpreted in new, refreshing ways. What's more, most of these aren't that expensive either. Not a suit guy? There are some just-the-jacket alternatives for the same lightweight look.
Seersucker doesn't have to be stripes of pastels and white. This over-dyed version by L.L. Bean's Alex Carleton (in either chocolate brown or black) is more city, less southern prep.
The DB is back in a big way, and this khaki version is a lot less stuffy. But feel free to dress it up with a gingham shirt and a bow tie.
Steven Alan, $425
Two will always be classic, but a single button suit balances the styles of yesterday and tomorrow and can be worn as traditional or as modern as you'd like.
$1,584 at Phineas Cole
John Varvatos, $398
Tom Wolfe once called the navy suit bulletproof sartorial armor. In this weightless, breathable wool version, you'll feel as good as you look.
Hickey Freeman offers an American-made update on the traditional checked suit. The more urbane style tones down the plaid, ensuring you don't feel too dandyish showing up at the office.
Hickey Freeman, $1,495
Just because your suit is linen, doesn't mean it has to be a baggy, wrinkled mess. That being said, a few creases will give it some character.
$455 at select DKNY stores or by calling 877.316.0975
Uniqlo, $70, by calling 877.486.4756