The Summer’s
Lightest Suits

The Summer’s Lightest Suits

A new era of formalwear means an updated feel for the season

Buck Mason relaxed featherweight Carry-On jacket and pants

The relaxed featherweight Carry-On jacket ($150) and pants ($125) from Buck Mason have a slightly looser, more easygoing fit.

You didn’t think you could stay in shorts all summer, did you? A noble goal, but with some semblance of a social scene back in semi-full swing, the season demands a slightly dressier alternative to the T-shirt and slides combination. A summer suit is a necessity for any man—something handsome, smart and light for all of those formal dinners, back-to-the-office parties and destination weddings. Houndstooth and wool, while attractive options, aren't going to cut it in ninety-degree heat, so opt for lighter fabrics like seersucker, linen, cotton or tropical wool (wool's loose-woven, breezier cousin).

Speaking of looser, summer formalwear should be all about comfort. A fitted, slim-cut suit is a tried and true method, but don't be afraid to try a relaxed, boxier fit, either. Just remember, supple doesn't have to mean sloppy. Ditch winter colors for neutrals like beige or a pleasant gray, or try something bolder, like a pastel, to really lean into an elevated summer look.

This season's best summer suits embrace all the tenets of dressing in 2021. Fit is king, comfort is queen, and a carefully crafted elegance is expectation, not transcendence. How you wear them, too, should vibe with the suiting rules of 2021, not 1991 (no more stuffy shirts and bad ties). There are all sorts of options for pulling off seasonal suits; for a beach bash, don't be afraid to try a knit polo or patterned camp collar shirt, as opposed to the same old boring button-up. Even if you prefer the classic look, make sure to accessorize with the right pocket square, watch and jewelry. Browse our picks below for the best summer suits of the season.

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The Best
Summer Suits in 2021

Aime Leon Dore Martin Greenfield Suit Jacket

Martin Greenfield suit jacket, $1,250
and double-pleated pants, $625 by Aimé Leon Dore

Suitsupply Unconstructed Stretch Cotton Suit

Unconstructed stretch cotton suit, $408
by Suitsupply

H&M Linen Blazer and Tailored Pants

Linen blazer, $79.99 and tailored pants,
$34.99 by H&M

Lacoste Cotton-Linen Twill Double-Breasted Jacket and Pleated Pants

Cotton-linen twill double-breasted jacket, $380 / $189.99 and pleated pants, $180 / $89.99 by Lacoste

Todd Snyder Italian Linen Suit Jacket

Italian linen suit jacket, $448 and
tab-waist trousers, $228 by Todd Snyder

Stussy Stripe Seersucker Jacket and Drawcord Pants

Stripe seersucker jacket, $200
and drawcord pants, $140 by Stüssy

Stripe seersucker jacket, $200
and drawcord pants, $140 by Stüssy

Polo Ralph Lauren Soft Slub Linen Jacket and Trousers

Soft slub linen jacket, $398
and trousers, $248 by Polo Ralph Lauren

Sid Mashburn Slim-Fit Cotton-Blend Seersucker Suit

Slim-fit cotton-blend seersucker suit,
$1,150 by Sid Mashburn

Alex Mill Peak-Lapel Linen Jacket and Pleated Pants

Peak-lapel linen jacket, $175 and
pleated pants, $145 by Alex Mill

Comme Des Garcons SHIRT Woven Jacket and Pants

Woven jacket, $875 / $525 and pants, $715 / $429
by Comme Des Garçons SHIRT

Tom Ford Silk and Linen Blazer and Pleated Trousers

Silk and linen blazer, $4,600 and pleated trousers,
$1,340 by Tom Ford

Relaxed Still Has to Fit

Relaxed fit suit

Relaxed Still Has to Fit

Unless you’re buying custom, suits may not sit exactly how you want them to. Some off-the-rack retailers have fitting services included with purchase (or for an extra charge), but in the event your suit is just a bit off, invest in tailoring. The right tailor will be able to make your accommodations while also helping guide you to overlooked adjustments.

NOTE: Items featured in this story are independently selected by the editorial team. Purchasing via our links may earn Valet. a portion of the sale, which helps fund our editorial mission.

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