For some reason, many guys shun a suit or even a suit jacket in the summer, preferring to trade them in for flip flops, a wife-beater tank top and board shorts. This is fine if you're a surf dude in Hawaii, but we at Pelliano believe one of the coolest things on earth is a cool cat in a lightweight suit. With some proper accessories like a pocket square and bad-ass sunglasses. Let's get you going.
1.Suit Up, Without the Sweat
Notice how many native people in very warm areas (Saudi Arabia, anyone) tend not to wear short sleeves and shorts. Why? Because sun on cloth keeps you cooler than sun on your skin. The trick, of course, is to pick the right cloth. This is why you should really have 3 kind of suits: wooly or flannel winter ones to keep you warm, mid-season ones for Spring and Autumn, made of lighter wool. And then you should have some lightweight materlials like seersucker, cotton or linen.
If you want to keep it cool, a half-lined or unlined suit is a great move, as it removes one more layer (the lining) from your getup. No lining and lightweight materials will keep you cool, instead of looking like a sweaty dork. Move slowly in the sun, by the way.
Don't forget that your shirt material can also do a lot to keep you either cool or ridiculously warm. A crisp white linen shirt, or a very lightweight cotton will do the job well. An oxford cloth or flannel are usually not the greatest idea.
2.Get the right Colors
Pick light(er) colors for your suit or jacket. More acceptable ones are mid-blue, light brown or tan and of course light grey. If you really want to wow the crowds, go for a very light brown linen or pure white cotton or cotton/wool/linen blend. Do realize that super-light suits will get dirty fast, but that's the cost of being a peacock, son.
When it's sunny, everything is brighter and has more contrast. So you should match the decor. Feel free to go a bit crazier with stripes, checks or even paisleys, especially if your suit or jacket are plain color. You could also flip it around - picking a bright jacket and then toning it down with a simple white or blue shirt.
3. Accessories, Son!
If it's a really warm summer day, you're probably bringing your sunglasses along. If you're going mountain biking, something sporty like an Oakley is fine, but do opt for something more classic with a suit or jacket. We prefer Person, Tom Ford for the people with a thick wallet, or the timeless classics (and affordability) of Ray-Ban. You can nonchalantly tuck your sunglasses in the chest pocket of your suit when not wearing them, by the way.
Things like ties, pocket squares or socks are really the things that separate the amaterus from the pro's. Have some balls and don some bright socks (lightweight wool or cotton is smart) and perhaps match them with your tie, pocket square or whatever. A cool linen bow tie, like Blues Man
and Southern Flavor
or regular tie The Gospel
can make all the difference. Or go really bright with a Smooth Agnelli
or a Red Fury
. How about a Hat? Make sure to take it off indoors and tip your hat's rim to the ladies.
In the end, it all comes down to how nonchalantly you combine everything, so even as you're charming, don't take yourself too seriously and rock a positive, friendly attitude. Try some of these ideas and whether you're in San Francisco or Singapore, you'll surely get compiments on the street.
- Marin Licina